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Category Archive: Z4

Aug
31

2018 BMW Z4 is back on the street for more testing

2018 BMW Z4 is back on the street for more testing
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Next year, the G29-generation BMW Z4 will replace the current, and aging, E89 model. The G29 BMW Z4 will be built alongside the upcoming Toyota …

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Aug
26

Production ended: Last BMW E89 Z4 was an sDrive35is

Production ended: Last BMW E89 Z4 was an sDrive35is
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After more than 115,000 units, the BMW Z4 E89 production of the Roadster at the Regensburg plant has officially completed on August 22nd. Just over …

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Sep
21

BMW Wins Texas Shootout at Circuit Of The Americas

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 19, 2015… BMW Team RLL survived a very hot and humid afternoon at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, to finish first and seventh in today’s two-hour-and-forty-minute Lone Star Le Mans race, the penultimate round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The third victory for the team this season moves BMW to second place in GTLM Manufacturer points standings.

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner took the victory in the No. 25 BMW Z4 for the duo’s second win of the season. They completed 72 laps of the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit during the race, finishing 1.993 seconds ahead of the No. 62 Ferrari. The balance of the race saw the No. 25 Z4 race as high as a solid third, but the win was in large part due to excellent BMW Team RLL strategy and management as Werner had exactly the amount of fuel necessary to win. In the closing minutes of the race both of the Porsches, which led the field for almost every lap, had to pit from the first two positions for fuel. Unofficially, Auberlen and Werner now stand second in GTLM driver points standings, only three behind the leader Patrick Pilet.

John Edwards and Lucas Luhr had a disappointing day, finishing seventh in the No. 24 Z4, after a late race puncture due to debris on the track forced the car to the pits nine laps from the checkered flag. Some consolation came from the fact that the No. 24 Z4 was awarded the DEKRA Green Challenge trophy as the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GTLM competitor of the race. Unofficially, Edwards and Luhr stand fifth in GTLM driver points.

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Jul
28

Turner Motorsport Takes GTD Class Victory at Lime Rock Park Northeast Grand Prix

Turner Motorsport Takes GTD Class Victory at Lime Rock Park Northeast Grand Prix

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 27, 2015 . . . Dane Cameron and Michael Marsal, driving the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4, scored BMW’s first GTD class victory of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season at Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn. The duo completed 162 laps of the 1.5-mile, 7-turn road course (the race utilized the uphill chicane) in the two-hour-and-forty-minute race, finishing 3.505 seconds ahead of the No. 33 Dodge Viper of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating.

Turner Motorsport came very close to not making the start after a practice crash on Friday by Marsal made for a late night and even earlier morning of repair work by the crew at a local body shop. Missing the qualifying session, Marsal started at the rear of the 17-car field composed of PC and GTD cars. He drove a strong first stint to stay on the lead lap before handing off to Dane Cameron, the 2014 GTD driver’s champion, who was available to drive this weekend because the DP class he races this season was not part of the event. Cameron moved into the class lead on lap 105 and stayed out front to take the checkered flag on lap 162 for Turner Motorsport’s first win of the season. The Californian set a new race record with the fastest lap of the race (53.695 seconds) on lap 79.

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Jul
13

BMW Team RLL Finishes Second and Fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

BMW Team RLL Finishes Second and Fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Edwards/Luhr P2, Auberlen/Werner P4

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 12, 2015… John Edwards and Lucas Luhr drove the No. 24 BMW Z4 to a second-place GTLM class finish in today’s two-hour-and-forty-minute Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The duo took the checkered flag 15.5 seconds behind the winning No. 911 Porsche, completing 122 laps of the 2.4-mile, 10-turn classic Canadian circuit during the contest.

Teammates Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner finished fourth in the No. 25 Z4, losing a podium finish on the last lap of the race as Edwards and the No. 3 Corvette were able to get by the Californian as he struggled with the car’s balance.

Another successful weekend maintained BMW’s lead in the Manufacturer points standings. Auberlen and Werner drop to second in Driver points while Edwards and Luhr remain in third. The No. 24 Z4 was awarded the DEKRA Green Challenge trophy as the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GTLM competitor of the race.

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Jul
13

BMW Team RLL to Start Second and Third in Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

Werner P2, Luhr P3 in Qualifying at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 11, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start from the outside of the GTLM class front row and inside of the second row in tomorrow’s two-hour-and-forty-minute Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Z4 he shares with Bill Auberlen, qualified second with a 1:14.857-minute lap around the 2.4-mile, 10-turn circuit during the 15-minute session. His time was only .028 seconds slower than the pole winner Nick Tandy in the No. 911 Porsche.

Teammate Lucas Luhr qualified the No. 24 BMW Z4 third with a 1:14.984 minute lap, .127 seconds behind Werner. Luhr will co-drive with John Edwards.

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Jun
29

BMW Team RLL to Start Second and Third at Watkins Glen International

Sahlen’s Six Hour Race Qualifying Abandoned Due To Rain

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 27, 2015…

BMW Team RLL will start second and third in the GTLM class in tomorrow’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen as the heavy rain conditions at Watkins Glen International caused IMSA to abandon today’s qualifying session and start the field per driver points standings.

Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner will start second in the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM and teammates John Edwards and Lucas Luhr will start the No. 24 Z4 from third.

With two wins (Long Beach-No. 25; Laguna Seca-No. 24) and an additional two runner-up finishes (Daytona-No. 25, Laguna Seca-No.25) in the first four races of the ten-event season, BMW Team RLL sits at the top of the GTLM class Manufacturer points standings by two markers over Chevrolet. The team stands second (No. 25) and third (No. 24) in Team points with co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner (No. 25) and John Edwards and Lucas Luhr (No. 24) second and third in Driver points respectively.

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Apr
20

BMW Team RLL Victory At Long Beach

Auberlen and Werner win from pole, Edwards and Luhr finish fifth.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 18, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100-minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari.

The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the program’s inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen’s tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59).

Auberlen started the race from the pole but both he and John Edwards, in the No. 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner’s departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Luhr, entering the No. 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position.

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Apr
20

BMW Team RLL Claims GTLM Class Front Row at Long Beach

BMW Team RLL Claims GTLM Class Front Row at Long Beach

Auberlen on Pole, Edwards P2 for Sports Car Showcase

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start the third race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach, California, from the GTLM class front row.

Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 25 BMW Z4 he shares with Dirk Werner, took the pole position with a new qualifying record time of 1:17.268 minutes around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit that runs along the Long Beach harbor. This was the veteran’s first pole since Baltimore in 2013 and the first for the team since Road America last year.

John Edwards drove the No. 24 BMW Z4 to the outside of the front row with a lap of 1:17.516 minutes. He will co-drive with Lucas Luhr, a four-time winner at Long Beach, in tomorrow’s race.

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Mar
23

BMW Team RLL Misses Out on Podium in Sebring

BMW Z4 GTLMs Finish Fourth and Eighth at 63rd Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. — March 21, 2015…Lucas Luhr (DE), John Edwards (US) and Jens Klingmann (DE) finished fourth in the GTLM class for BMW Team RLL in the 12 Hours of Sebring (US), the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC). The three drivers completed a total of 329 laps with the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM. The No. 3 Corvette crew of Antonio García (ES), Jan Magnussen (DK) and Ryan Briscoe (AU) claimed the GTLM victory.

With ambient temperatures up to 91degrees Fahrenheit, the endurance classic at the Sebring International Raceway turned out to be a truly heated affair. For most of the race, the GTLM field was running closely together, delivering some gripping racing action for the fans surrounding the 3.74-mile, 17-turn circuit. Following a final full-course yellow with two hours to go, the cars on the lead lap were once again bunched up before entering the decisive phase of the race. With final-stint driver Luhr at the wheel, the No. 24 car crossed the line in fourth after 12 hours of racing, despite a problem with the power steering in the final stages of the race.

For Dirk Werner (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Augusto Farfus (BR) the race didn’t go according to plan with the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM. After five and a half hours, Werner entered the pit lane with a damaged front subframe, running in sixth at that time. The necessary repair work cost the trio more than ten laps, and they dropped to the very back of the GTLM field. Werner, Auberlen and Farfus proved their fighting spirit in the second half of the race, ultimately finishing eighth. p>

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