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BMW Team RLL Petit Le Mans Preview

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 30, 2014 . . .  BMW Team RLL will end the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season at this Saturday’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia. In a departure from the previous year’s events, this year’s race will be run as a 10-hour race – not 1000 miles. BMW Team RLL will be racing to finish in a top-three position in the GTLM class Manufacturer championship as well as ending the season with all regular season drivers with a top-five place in Driver points.

 

With sixth and seventh place finishes at the last round at Circuit of the Americas, BMW is fourth in Manufacturer points, eight points separating the top-four manufacturers. Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx are fourth in Driver points. Teammates John Edwards and Dirk Müller stand fifth. The No. 55 Z4 and No. 56 Z4 stand fifth and sixth respectively in Team points.

 

Joey Hand will rejoin BMW Team RLL for Petit Le Mans before completing his third DTM season. Co-driving with Auberlen and Priaulx, the trio will be looking for the same success they had earlier in the season with a second at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a third at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Dirk Werner will co-driver with Edwards and Müller in the No. 56 Z4. The trio also raced together at Daytona and Sebring this season. BMW Team RLL will also be racing for the program’s 50th podium finish.

 

 

“Over the years, we have qualified well for the Petit Le Mans and have had reasonable finishing positions, but no wins. We obviously hope to turn that around this time,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “It’s a very long, hard race and in many respects harder than Sebring. Road Atlanta is not as physically demanding on the car as Sebring, but for the drivers there are narrower speed differentials and I think the track has a bit more risk in it than Sebring or Daytona, so consequently the opportunity for mistakes or incidents is greater. It will be good to have Joey (Hand) and Dirk (Werner) back with us for Petit.  We have a lot of experience with both drivers and both are really fast, and I think they will complement the team. From a driver lineup standpoint, once again, our guys are still the best guys.”

 

Bill Auberlen, Driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “Petit Le Mans is the race you wait all year for because it has become a fantastic event. On the other hand it means the end of our season. We finished second there last year so I have some unfinished business to take care of and will try to end our season on the top step of the podium. BMW Team RLL and all the drivers have done an amazing job in the most competitive series around making the 2014 season a special one.”

Andy Priaulx, Driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “I am looking forward to Petit Le Mans. As we still have a very narrow chance to win the championship I am going to go there feeling positive and will simply just concentrate on finishing the season on a high note. It’s a long race and a lot can happen so I am staying completely open minded. Though Austin proved to be extremely frustrating, the last races have gone very well for me personally and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team and my team mate Bill for a very enjoyable first season in the US.”

John Edwards, Driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “It is always great to go back to Road Atlanta. The track is fast and challenging under normal conditions. The variables added by darkness and rain showers can really make the Petit Le Mans interesting. A lot can happen during the race, so qualifying and speed are never enough to bring home a win. I have a lot of family near the track, so this event feels a lot like a home race for me, which makes it very enjoyable. The season for Dirk and me has really been up and down, but we are hoping to be back on the podium again in Atlanta like we were last year and finish the season strong.”

 

Dirk Müller, Driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “We had a tough race at COTA – the last event – but I know the entire team is focused forward. This year the race is scheduled to finish at 10 hours – not 1000 miles – so that will mean an extra stint or two for the GT cars. I see this as a positive for BMW Team RLL as we have been very strong in the longer races this season.”

 

The Petit Le Mans will take the green flag at 11:15 a.m. ET Saturday, Oct. 4th. The race will be broadcast live (in progress) on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. A two-hour highlight program will be broadcast on FOX Sunday, Oct. 5th. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacingfor “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.

 

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BMW Team RLL Race Results at Circuit of the Americas.

Munich (DE), 21st September 2014. BMW Team RLL finished sixth and seventh in the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas (US), the penultimate round of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship.

Bill Auberlen (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) finished sixth in the black number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, completing 75 laps of the 5.513 kilometre, 20-turn circuit at the chequered flag after the 2 hour 45 minutes race. John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) finished seventh in the white number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM.

The cars qualified sixth and seventh, but Edwards started the race from fifth and Priaulx from sixth after the GTLM class polesitter was disqualified following technical inspection. There was just one yellow flag in the race on lap 21 after Edwards ran wide in turn 19 and the Astroturf ripped off his car’s rear bumper. For the majority of the race the number 56 car led the number 55, but with two laps to go Priaulx overtook Müller for sixth position.

In the GTD class, the Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GTD of Dane Cameron (US) and Markus Palttala (FI), racing in the team’s 300th professional race with BMW, finished third.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):

“This was the race we expected and I was afraid might happen. The Porsches were almost two seconds a lap faster on the fastest laps, the Vipers not much worse. We just cannot maintain the pace with the way the rules are. I hope things are better at Petit Le Mans, as they are very unfair right now. There is no balance of performance.”

Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“I had just a tough little run there in the middle. That is why you have a second guy you can rely on. When it was a struggle for me they put Andy in, they put him on a different tyre than I had run and he did a fantastic job, exactly what you would expect from a world champion. You lean back and you just let him do it. The crew got us out of the pits over and over in front of other cars all day long. The two BMWs raced to the end and we finished pretty much nose to tail. We need a little bit of help to get to the front. The series has let it get out of hand with the Balance of Performance, as we are nowhere and they need to fix this before the last race.”

Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“It has been a tough weekend, but we knew it was going to be really hard. Bill and I had two really tough first stints. The tyre we chose clearly wasn’t right for the conditions. Bill was up to speed nicely and brought the car back in a really good position. He helped the team with feedback to give me the right tyre for the last run, and that’s what made the difference.”

John Edwards (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):
“We expected a hard day at the office, and it really was. It is really tough to keep pushing in such hot conditions when you are sweating like crazy and you don’t have the pace, but that is what we have to do. By the time Dirk got in there was very little rear downforce and that made it pretty tough to drive on cold tyres.”

Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“That was an exciting drive doing a double stint with no rear bumper. I had lost all the downforce at the rear of the car and had to drive like a rally driver. I was fighting like crazy. I knew Andy’s car he was coming hard at the end. It reminded me of the good old touring car times. We raced clean and I think that is how you should make it between team mates.”

 

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BMW M3 Race Results at Circuit of the Americas

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 20, 2014 . . . Fall-Line Motorsports team strategists proved themselves to be excellent weathermen with a late-race call for wet-weather tires, in a step to secure the team’s second Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge victory of the year for the No. 46 BMW M3 of John Edwards and Trent Hindman, in today’s 2.5-hour race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. The win puts Hindman into the lead in Grand Sport Driver points, and places BMW firmly at the top of Grand Sport Manufacturer standings.

 

The crucial call came with 40 minutes remaining in the race, and it brought John Edwards into the pits from the race lead for a change to “wets” – one of the only cars to make the change in the intermittent rain conditions that plagued the race. He rejoined the race more than a minute behind the new race leader, Tom Kimber-Smith in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. With 10 minutes remaining, Edwards retook the lead, and ultimately finished 7.982 seconds in front of Kimber-Smith. Edwards and Kimber-Smith joined starting drivers Trent Hindman (No. 46) and Michael Marsal (No. 97) on the podium to celebrate the BMW 1-2 finish.

 

In the Street Tuner class, the best result for BMW drivers was a fourth-place finish by the No. 22 Burton Racing BMW 128i of Conner Bloum and Jeff Westphal.

 

“A 1-2 BMW M3 finish puts us in very good position for the Grand Sport championship,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMW NA Motorsport Manager. “Congratulations to both Fall-Line Motorsports and Turner Motorsport. In Street Tuner we did not match our results of the last two races, but a solid fourth-place finish by Burton Racing keeps us within reach. As usual, another exciting CTSCC season will be decided at the last race.”

 

The race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET Sunday, September 28th. The final round of the 2014 CTSCC will be held at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia, on October 3rd.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies 6th and 7th at Circuit of the Americas Edwards Sixth, Priaulx Seventh

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 19, 2014 . . . BMW Team RLL qualified mid-field for Saturday’s 2.75-hour Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, the penultimate round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Today’s qualifying session was notable for the most recent Balance of Performance changes, which doubled the spread of the GTLM class qualifying field from one second to two seconds.

 

John Edwards qualified the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTLM in sixth position with a time of 2:04.253 minutes around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit. Edwards will co-drive with Dirk Müller. Andy Priaulx’s lap of 2:04.495 minutes slotted the No. 55 Z4 into the seventh position. He will share the car with Bill Auberlen. All BMW Team RLL drivers stand third in GTLM driver points. The class pole was won by the No. 910 Porsche with a time of 2:03.302 minutes.

 

 

“It was a good performance by both of our cars, but it’s a very difficult environment now,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “Porsche received a large performance enhancement a couple of races ago and you see the fact of it here. We did receive a larger restrictor for this race, but also a significant weight increase. It is going to be a tough race for us tomorrow, but you have got to get to the end, because anything can happen.”

 

John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (6th) – “The Porsches have been strong all weekend so we knew they were going to be tough to beat. But we thought we could possibly get a P4 or something like that behind them. I think we got the most out of the car that we could today. When you don’t have the car to be on pole you have just have to do the best you can. I think in the short time we had between practice and qualifying, we improved the car. I would prefer wet weather tomorrow, as more variables when we are not quick in the dry will definitely help us.”

 

Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (7th) – “Our tire compound choice was not the best for today’s conditions. The car overall, I think, is good. With the BoP and all the issues there we are not looking that strong. I was expecting to be a bit faster, but it is a long race tomorrow.  It is an amazing track, a lovely circuit.”

 

The 2.75-hour Lone Star Le Mans will take the green flag at 11:35 a.m. CT Saturday, Sept. 20th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.

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BMW Team RLL – Lone Star Le Mans Preview

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 19, 2014 . . .  BMW Team RLL will visit the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, on September 20th for the Lone Star Le Mans race, the penultimate round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

 

BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in last year’s inaugural American Le Mans Series race at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit that is host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix. In 2013, John Edwards and Dirk Müller finished third after starting from the rear of the 33-car field following a miscue with the qualifying tires that lost Edwards his fourth-place qualifying position. Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand (substituting for Maxime Martin) started from the class pole and finished fourth.

 

On Sept. 10th, 2014, the team completed a one-day test at COTA. Drivers Dirk Müller and Andy Priaulx completed more than 100 laps of the circuit in preparation for tomorrow’s 2.75-hour race. IMSA made a number of Balance of Performance adjustments to the class on the same day with two changes applied to the BMW Z4 GTLM. The car’s weight was increased by 25 kilograms (55 pounds) to 1,255 kg (2,767 lb), and the cars received larger air restrictors – 30.2mm diameter versus 29.8mm raced previously.

 

With two consecutive podium finishes, at Road America (2nd) and Virginia International Raceway (3rd), John Edwards and Dirk Müller have climbed into three-way tie for third place in driver points that includes teammates Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx. BMW Team RLL stands third (No. 56) and fourth (No. 55) in the Team standings. BMW is still fourth in Manufacturer points – with only four points separating the top four places.

 

BMW Team RLL will also be racing for the program’s 50th podium finish at COTA, after this year’s result at VIR raised the number of podium finishes to a total of 49 since the program began with the BMW M3 GT at Sebring in March 2009.

 

 

“Last year we finished third and fourth, which was symptomatic of the challenge we continue to face where our straight line speed is not equal to that of our competition,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “The series recently made BoP changes including a bigger restrictor, which is certainly going to help a little. COTA is a great circuit with a premium on handling although there is a very, very long straightaway and that is always a factor for us. It will be a tough race for us as every race has been. Our guys literally drive 100 percent every lap to maintain pace with the others, but I look forward to the race and hope it will bring success.”

 

Bill Auberlen, driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “Performance-wise, we remain a significant underdog to the rest of the GTLM class, so the BMW Z4 will have to continue its role as an overachiever. We’re sitting third in the championship, and it will continue to be a battle to finish on the podium.”

Andy Priaulx, driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “We are now entering the final two races of the year and thanks to BMW, COTA will not be a new track for me. I had a very good test on Wednesday and feel completely at home on this wonderful circuit. I really can’t wait for the race weekend. I suspect it will be an extremely tough fight now for the final races. Corvette and Viper are really strong and a race win still eludes us at BMW this year. As always, we will fight hard.”

John Edwards, driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “Austin is a great town and COTA is a fantastic track to drive, especially in our Z4. Our car really excels through the esses, easily handling the multiple changes of direction, and gives us a lot of confidence as drivers. Dirk and I finished P3 there last year after starting from the rear, and we were in the battle for the lead at the end of the race. This season, we are tied for P3 in the championship so we need two more good results in the last two races to solidify a top-3 championship spot in the first year of the Tudor Series. I think we’re in a good spot to carry our momentum from the last two races into COTA.”

 

Dirk Müller, driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “John and I bring good momentum to COTA with podiums in our last two races. We finished third there last year after a great race and I believe we are well-prepared for this year’s event, based on Wednesday’s test. The championship battle continues!”

 

The 2.75-hour Lone Star Le Mans will take the green flag at 11:35 a.m. CT Saturday, Sept. 20th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.

BMW Opens Newest Vehicle Distribution Center At The Port Of Baltimore

BMW Opens its Newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 18, 2014… Today, BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Baltimore. The facility will serve 96 dealers within the Central and Eastern regions of BMW’s dealer network. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, and Craig Westbrook, Vice President – Aftersales, BMW of North America, were in attendance and spoke at the opening.

 

“BMW Group year-to-date sales in the U.S. set a new benchmark, topping 246,000 vehicles in the first eight months of this year, and we are full of confidence that we will follow our success through the remaining months of 2014,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “For us at BMW, there is nothing more important than the satisfaction of our customers, and this Vehicle Distribution Center will play a critical role in keeping our customers happy with a full supply of new BMW vehicles for them to enjoy.”

 

With this new facility, BMW enhances its position at the largest car processing port on the East Coast. Already fully staffed, this Vehicle Distribution Center will import an estimated total of 166,000 vehicles (BMW & MINI) through 2016.  Vehicle inspection, repairs (mechanical and Paint and Body), accessory installation, vehicle programming and vehicle maintenance will be performed there as well.

 

“This is the front line of our customer service effort, especially for our customers in the central part of the U.S.,” said Craig Westbrook, Aftersales VP of BMW of North America. “Our new Baltimore port facility is dedicated to receiving from overseas, rapidly preparing and then quickly delivering new vehicles to our customers and dealers.”

 

Located at 2700 Broening Highway, the new Vehicle Distribution Center provides room for BMW to further build its processing operation, as business continues to grow. To honor the occasion, BMW executives were joined onsite by Ray Fitzgerald, President of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Atlantic, and James J. White, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration.

 

“It’s a natural evolution that BMW and WWL, longtime partners in ocean transportation, expand their supply chain cooperation into land-based logistics services,” said Ray Fitzgerald, President of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Atlantic. “Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics values its association with BMW and is confident in its ability to provide high quality vehicle processing and logistics services in support of BMW’s long-term growth ambitions in North America.”

 

“We are delighted to be involved in a partnership of two very highly-regarded entities in their respective industries, BMW and WWL,” said James J. White, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration.  “BMW is one of the world’s top auto manufacturers and WWL is second to none as a global shipping and logistics company.  As the top auto-handling port in the nation, we look forward to watching this relationship grow and succeed.”

 

A variety of BMW vehicles were on display at the opening event, including the revolutionary i8, BMW’s new plug-in hybrid sports car.  With its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the BMW i8 will enter the U.S. market early autumn 2014, joining BMW i’s growing lineup of visionary vehicles dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities.

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BMW Team RLL heads to COTA for penultimate USCC race.

Munich (DE), 18th September 2014. BMW Team RLL will visit the Circuit of the Americas (US), in Austin, Texas, on 20th September for the Lone Star Le Mans race,

the penultimate round of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC).

BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in last year’s inaugural American Le Mans Series race at the 5.513 kilometre, 20-turn circuit that is host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix. John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) finished third after starting from the back of the 33-car field following a miscue with the qualifying tyres that lost Edwards his fourth place qualifying position. Bill Auberlen (US) and Joey Hand (US), substituting for Maxime Martin (BE), started from the class pole and finished fourth.

On 10th September the team completed a one-day test at COTA. Müller and Priaulx completed more than 100 laps of the circuit in preparation for the 2 hour 45 minute race. IMSA made a number of Balance of Performance adjustments to the class on the same day with two changes made to the BMW Z4 GTLM. The weight was increased by 25 kilograms to 1,255 kilograms. And, the cars received a larger air restrictor.

Following two consecutive podium finishes, with second at Road America (US) and third at Virginia International Raceway (US), Edwards and Müller have climbed up to a six-way tie for third place in the driver points that includes teammates Auberlen and Priaulx. BMW Team RLL is third with the number 56 car of Edwards and Müller and fourth with the number 55 car of Auberlen and Priaulx in the Team standings. BMW is still fourth in the Manufacturer points, with only four points separating the top-four places.

BMW Team RLL will also be racing for the programme’s 50th podium finish at COTA, after the result at VIR raised the number of podium finishes since the programme began in 2009 to a total of 49.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL):

“COTA is a really great circuit with a premium on handling, although there is a very, very long straightaway and that is always a factor for us. It will be a tough race for us as every race has been. Our guys literally have to drive 100 per cent every lap to maintain the pace of the others, but I look forward to the event and hope it will bring success.”

Bill Auberlen (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): 

“I am disappointed with the recent BoP changes, as it appears we remain a significant underdog to the rest of the GTLM class. The BMW Z4 GTLM looks like it will have to continue its role as an overachiever. We’re sitting third in the championship, but it will continue to be a battle to finish on the podium.”

Andy Priaulx (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM): 

“We are now entering the final two races of the year and, thanks to BMW, COTA will not be a new track for me. I had a very good test on Wednesday and feel completely at home on this wonderful circuit. I really can’t wait for the race weekend. I suspect it will be an extremely tough fight now for the final races. Corvette and Viper are really strong and a race win still eludes us at BMW this year. However, as always, we will fight hard.”

Dirk Müller (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):

“John and I bring good momentum to COTA with podiums in our last two races. We finished third there last year after a great race, and I believe we are well prepared for this year’s event based on our test. The championship battle continues!”

John Edwards (Number 56 BMWZ4 GTLM): 

“Austin is a great town and COTA is a fantastic track to drive, especially in our BMW Z4. Our car really excels through the esses, easily handling the multiple changes of direction, and gives us a lot of confidence as drivers. Dirk and I finished P3 there last year after starting from the rear, and we were in the battle for the lead at the end of the race. This season, we are tied for P3 in the championship so we need two more good results in the last two races to solidify a top-three championship spot in the first year of the series. I think we’re in a good spot to carry our momentum from the last two races into COTA.”

 

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The new BMW 518d & 520d.

New generation of four-cylinder diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology increase the driving pleasure offered by the worldwide bestseller and achieve further reductions in fuel consumption and emissions – The new BMW 520d outclasses its segment rivals in the efficiency race: engine output rises to 140 kW/190 hp, average fuel consumption drops to as little as 4.1 l/100 km [68.9 mpg imp] and CO2 emissions to 109 g/km.

 

Munich. It may not be its only strength – far from it – but outstanding efficiency is undoubtedly a BMW 5 Series speciality. Indeed, the model series’ achievements in this area have played a major role in securing its global bestselling status at the premium end of the executive class. And now the BMW 5 Series Sedan and BMW 5 Series Touring have set about extending their lead in the efficiency stakes once again. The introduction of a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines improves further on what was already an exceptional balance between performance and fuel economy. The new 2.0-litre units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology boost the output of the new BMW 518d and new BMW 520d by another 5 kW apiece. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the EU test cycle have been reduced by as much as 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres / 10 grams per kilometre. For example, the new BMW 520d Sedan – which now produces 140 kW/190 hp – burns just 4.7–4.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (60.1–65.7 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 114–124 g/km. If the optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission is specified, these figures improve further to 4.5–4.1 l/100 km (62.8–68.9 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 109–119 g/km, depending on the tyre format fitted.

 

The new entry-level diesel models – the BMW 518d Sedan and BMW 518d Touring – now offer output of 110 kW/150 hp and peak torque of 360 Newton metres (266 lb-ft). The 140 kW/190 hp variant of the new four-cylinder power unit, meanwhile, boosts peak torque by 20 Newton metres (15 lb-ft) to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). This version of the engine is fitted in the BMW 520d Sedan and BMW 520d Touring as well as the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan and BMW 520d xDrive Touring models with intelligent all-wheel drive. The likewise updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission is available for the rear-wheel-drive models as an option in place of the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and included as standard on the all-wheel-drive models.

 

These new gains in fuel economy represent further evidence of the effectiveness of the ongoing development work – focusing on the optimisation of combustion engines and other components – under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner. The current (sixth) generation of the BMW 5 Series has set the pace in its class in terms of economy and driving pleasure from day one, thanks to extensive use of BMW EfficientDynamics innovations, such as BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, Electric Power Steering, Brake Energy Regeneration and numerous other measures. The exemplary levels of efficiency achieved as a result underline the trailblazing character of the BMW 5 Series, as do its elegantly sporty design defined by harmoniously flowing lines, the modern functionality of the interior – with innovative display and control elements – plus driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive and superior chassis technology. Additional innovations like ECO PRO mode and the Auto Start Stop function (also available with the automatic transmission) are now likewise fuelling this commitment to building on its leading position.

 

 

New engine generation, new efficiency benchmark.
The introduction of the new four-cylinder diesel engines represents the next stage in the process. Both units are members of the BMW Group’s new modular engine family and offer top-level BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. They feature an aluminium crankcase with thermally joined cylinder liners (to reduce internal friction) and integrated balancer shafts, turbochargers with variable intake geometry and optimised efficiency, and further developed common rail direct injection systems. The extra output, more instantaneous power delivery and high-revving character that these measures provide go hand in hand with not only greater fuel economy but also a reduction in weight of around two kilograms over the outgoing engines. In addition, fresh advances have been made in the area of acoustic comfort.

 

The effectiveness of the turbochargers has been enhanced by a new roller bearing and extremely effective and need-based exhaust gas recirculation. The newly designed heat exchangers for the exhaust gas flow have a compact construction and optimised cooling performance, which leads to an effective reduction in maximum combustion temperatures. Another special feature is the vacuum-operated bypass valve, which allows a higher proportion of uncooled exhaust gas to be fed into the engine while it is warming up, for example.

 

The common rail direct injection system’s new solenoid valve inectors ensure the engine uses even more precise quantities of fuel. They now allow increased injection pressure of up to 2,000 bar, which paves the way for extremely economical and, at the same time, clean combustion.

 

Furthermore, the thermodynamic efficiency around the core engine has been optimised, as have the starting characteristics of the diesel engines with the Auto Start Stop function. The new four-cylinder diesel engines are also equipped with map-controlled oil pumps. The new fully variable vane-type pumps enable continuously adjustable control of the volume flow and therefore the oil pressure in response to the operating status of the engine at any given time. The result is a significant reduction in the energy required by the oil pumps which – as with all the need-based ancillary components – means a greater proportion of the engine’s output is available to drive the vehicle.

 

 

More driving pleasure, lower fuel consumption: 0.2 seconds shaved off the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint, up to 0.4 litres of fuel saved per 100 kilometres.

 
The new four-cylinder diesel engines generate their respective maximum outputs of 110 kW/150 hp and 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm, and their peak torque of 360 / 400 Newton metres (266 / 295 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The increase in output and torque has a noticeable effect on the sporty driving characteristics of the BMW 518d, BMW 520d and BMW 520d xDrive. All the model variants – in both Sedan and Touring guise – accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.2 seconds more quickly than their respective predecessors. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox fitted, the new figures are 9.5 seconds for the BMW 518d Sedan (BMW 518d Touring: 9.9 seconds), 7.9 seconds for the BMW 520d Sedan (BMW 520d Touring: 8.1 seconds) and 7.9 seconds for the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan (BMW 520d xDrive Touring: 8.2 seconds).

 

The advances made in efficiency alongside the optimised power delivery are reflected in fuel economy and emissions unparalleled at the premium end of the executive class. The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 518d Sedan has been reduced to 4.7–4.3 litres per 100 kilometres [60.1–65.7 mpg imp] (BMW 518d Touring: 5.0–4.7 l/100 km [56.5–60.1 mpg imp]). CO2 emissions now stand at 114–124 grams (122–132 grams) per kilometre. The figures for the new BMW 520d Sedan and the new BMW 520d Touring are virtually identical: 4.7–4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (60.1–65.7 mpg imp) and 114–124 grams per kilometre for the Sedan, and 5.0–4.6 litres per 100 kilometres (56.5–61.4 mpg imp) and 122–132 grams per kilometre for the Touring model (as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format).

 

 

Further development of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for improved efficiency, raised comfort levels and enhanced dynamics.
Another common theme of the new diesel-engined BMW 5 Series variants is the positive influence of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission on performance and fuel economy. The latest update of the automatic transmission has been tuned precisely to the performance characteristics of the new-generation power units. Further improvements to internal efficiency and longer gear ratios open up additional efficiency potential. An rpm-linked vibration damper with engine-specific tuning allows economical driving at low revs to be combined with increased driving and acoustic comfort. In addition, converter slip during gear changes has been further reduced. The updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission also offers a predictive shift strategy, which works in conjunction with the car’s navigation system – even when the route guidance is not active – to ensure that gear changes are timed precisely according to the driving situation at hand. Based on navigation data, the gearbox identifies and takes into account an approaching corner, intersection, roundabout or motorway slip road. If the vehicle is approaching an intersection or a bend, for example, it changes down early to the most appropriate gear, making optimum use of the engine braking effect. The gearbox then shifts to the optimal gear to accelerate dynamically out of the bend. Furthermore, interaction with the navigation system allows unnecessary gear changes between two successive bends to be avoided.

 

With the updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission fitted, the new BMW 518d Sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 seconds (BMW 518d Touring: 9.8 seconds). The new BMW 520d Sedan needs just 7.7 seconds for the same sprint (BMW 520d Touring: 8.0 seconds). The models fitted as standard with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission – the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan and BMW 520d xDrive Touring – post 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration figures of 7.9 / 8.2 seconds. New fuel consumption and emissions benchmarks in the executive class are also set with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The new BMW 518d Sedan records figures of 4.6–4.2 litres per 100 kilometres (61.4–67.3 mpg imp) and 110–120 grams per kilometre (BMW 518d Touring: 4.9–4.5 l/100 km [57.7–62.8 mpg imp], 118–128 g/km). The new BMW 520d Sedan improves this performance to 4.5–4.1 litres per 100 kilometres (62.8–68.9 mpg imp) and 109–119 grams per kilometre (BMW 520d Touring: 4.9–4.5 l/100 km [57.7–62.8mpg imp], 118–128 g/km). The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 520d xDrive Sedan is 5.1–4.7 litres per 100 kilometres [55.4–60.1 mpg imp] (BMW 520d xDrive Touring: 5.4–5.1 l/100 km [52.3–55.4 mpg imp]), and CO2 emissions are 124–134 grams (Sedan) and 133–143 grams per kilometre (Touring; all as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format).

 

This latest round of engine updates sees the BMW 5 Series underlining once again its status as a fertile breeding ground for innovation in the brand’s model-line up. The latest advances made under the banner of BMW EfficientDynamics – such as the ongoing process of optimisation in the areas of comfort-enhancing equipment, functionality and intelligent connectivity courtesy of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive – help ensure the BMW 5 Series represents the leading edge of technology. The BMW 5 Series has therefore laid the ideal foundations to further increase its popularity and maintain its global market leadership at the premium end of the executive class into the future. It is an approach that has enabled the current model to become the leading light in the successful history of the BMW 5 Series, which dates back to 1972. With sales now topping 1.5 million units, the current BMW 5 Series has already outstripped the previous most successful generation.

BMW M235i

“The most sporting cars of 2014”: Five BMW models top their category in reader vote.

Munich. BMW combines high performance with a time-honoured brand of driving pleasure and consummate everyday usability – that was the confirmation provided once again by the readers’ poll conducted by German motoring magazine “sport auto”. Five class wins and a second place represented an outstanding return for the BMW Group’s brands in the “sport auto Award 2014”. The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe were among the biggest voter favourites, with the two BMW M Division models asserting their superiority in the classes for “Saloons/Estates up to €100,000” and “Coupés up to €100,000” respectively. The winners in the “Coupés up to €50,000” and “Compact Cars” categories also carry an “M” in their model designation – the BMW M235i Coupe and BMW M135i. Elsewhere in the competition, the BMW 335i held sway in the “Saloons/Estates up to €50,000” class, reprising its success from the previous year in impressive style. And second place for the BMW M550d xDrive in the “Diesel Cars” class highlights the BMW Group’s leading status across all classes as a maker of sporting cars boasting exceptional efficiency.

Placings at a glance:
Winner – Compact Cars                                        BMW M135i
Winner – Saloons/Estates up to €50,000              BMW 335i
Winner – Saloons/Estates up to €100,000            BMW M3 Sedan
Winner – Coupés up to €50,000                            BMW M235i Coupe
Winner – Coupés up to €100,000                          BMW M4 Coupe
Second place – Diesel Cars                                  BMW M550d xDrive

BMW M3 and BMW M4 reinforce their elite status.
From the moment they went on sale, the BMW M3 (37.1 percent of the vote) and BMW M4 (18.5 percent) have put forward a persuasive case for themselves – and just a few months after their launch both were voted top of their class by respondents in the “sport auto Award 2014” readers’ survey. The result underlines in resounding fashion the stand-out status of the two new models. Like its predecessors, the fifth-generation BMW M3 encapsulates the combination of motor sport genes and unrestricted everyday usability within an emotionally rich overall concept. The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe embody a new take on the high-performance sports car theme and uphold the commitment to implementing the BMW M philosophy espoused by their predecessors. The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe (fuel consumption combined for both models: 8.8 l/100 km [32.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 204 g/km)* are powered by a newly developed six-cylinder in-line engine. The high-revving unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology offers maximum output of 317 kW/431 hp. Peak torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) is available across a broad rev band and exceeds the maximum offered by the previous BMW M3 by almost 40 percent. A rigorously applied lightweight design concept has brought about a weight reduction of around 80 kilograms, giving the BMW M4 Coupe a DIN kerb weight of 1,497 kilograms and ensuring top-class driving dynamics and excellent efficiency. Fuel consumption and emissions, meanwhile, are down by 25 percent. The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe need just 4.1 seconds to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) – when fitted with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission – and also catch the eye as strong performers out on the track.

A good showing for M Performance Automobiles
The BMW M235i Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 8.1 l/100 km [34.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 189 g/km)* with 240 kW/326 hp – likewise launched this year – also impressed the readers. A 36.5 percent share of the vote and first place in the category for coupés up to €50,000 represented a dream start for the new model series. The BMW M135i rounded off an excellent showing by the M Performance Automobiles with victory in the “Compact Cars” class (27.1 percent of the votes). Like the BMW M235i, the BMW M135i (fuel consumption combined: 8.0 l/100 km [35.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 g/km)* is also powered by a six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that displays instantaneous responses, an exceptional thirst for revs and outstanding refinement.

The BMW 335i staged a repeat of its success from last year in the class for saloons/estates up to €50,000. This year 31.7 percent of readers voted the 335i top of the pile, allowing it to continue the tradition established by its predecessor – which was voted the most sporting car in its class three years in succession.

The “sport auto Award” is presented annually by German motoring magazine “sport auto”. It is one of the leading German awards for sporting cars and is highly coveted by manufacturers. 2014 marked the 34th year that the magazine’s readers have been called on to vote, with 234 models nominated in 15 series-production categories and 10 tuning classes. A total of 15,551 readers took part in the poll (which ran from 17 April to 18 July) via survey postcard, online survey or one of the “sport auto” digital channels.

Bench 3

The garage build is underway!

I suppose this is the first addition of many to my new garage. You cannot have a proper workshop without a proper work bench. I have a much more elegant setup in mind for the future, but for now I needed something to bridge the gap. I actually stumbled upon this bench while wandering the isles of Home Depot in search of odds and ends for the house. I went online, read a few reviews, and promptly picked one up. For less than $70 I am amazed with the quality of the bench. For now it’s perfect for the garage, once I upgrade I’ll move this bench to the basement workshop.  The box boasts that the bench is “Ready to use in about 3 minutes” I had it fully assembled and ready to go in 1 minute, 21 seconds. Boom!

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Model # WKBNCH72X22

Internet # 203083493

Store SKU # 282216

This patented workbench assembles in 3 minutes or less. Simply unfold the legs, pop in the shelf. And you are ready to start your project.

  • Made from Premium 2×4 Hemlock fastened with Glue and Screws, this workbench is a great value
  • Can be painted or stained
  • A great addition to any garage or shop
  • Can easily be stored when not in use

SPECIFICATIONS

Assembled Depth (in.) 22 in Assembled Height (in.) 35 in
Assembled Width (in.) 72 in Assembly Required Yes
Cabinet storage No Color Family Clear
Drawer storage No Frame Material Wood
Hand Tool Type Workbench Manufacturer Warranty No
Product Depth (in.) 22 Product Height (in.) 35
Product Weight (lb.) 92 lb Product Width (in.) 72
Tool Storage Product Type Workbench Top material Solid-surface materials
Weight Capacity (lb.) 200 Wheels No