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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 06/15.

Whether in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

 

DTM: Wittmann drives the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition.

Marco Wittmann (DE) was at BMW Welt in Munich (DE) on Friday to pick up his BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition. BMW M GmbH designed this edition of the BMW M4 Coupé in honour of the 2014 DTM champion. In a tribute to the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, the Champion Edition is offered exclusively in Alpine White. The model was modified at the BMW Individual factory. The matt-black bonnet and boot lid with the eye-catching stripe design display close links with the victorious BMW M4 DTM. Added to the mix are an M kidney grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards of the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors and the flag along with “WIT” and “DTM Champion 2014” lettering on the rear side windows.

The same carbon fibre roof as used on the production model and black character lines down the side underline the relationship between the production car and the racing car. The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition is also fitted with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a black front splitter, a black side skirt blade, carbon front flaps, carbon mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a carbon diffuser insert from the M Performance Parts range. The Champion Edition underlines its exclusivity once again when you step inside. The door sill plates bear Marco Wittmann’s autograph, while carbon interior trim strips – likewise signed by the 24-year-old from Fürth, Germany – feature “DTM Champion 2014” lettering and the car’s serial number.

Only a limited number of this edition are available: in keeping with Wittmann’s number from last season, only 23 of this exclusive premium sports car have been made. Each model is numbered consecutively. The cars were ordered by BMW M customers all over the world, and were out of stock within no time at all. Anyone who bought this special edition is also entitled to a training session on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE), at which Wittmann will be on hand to offer the BMW M customers valuable advice on how to keep the car perfectly under control.

 

Three questions for Marco Wittmann.

Marco, does it bring back memories of your title win when you look at the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition?

Marco Wittmann: “It is very special for me to be able to drive every day in a road-going version of the BMW M4 Coupé in the same design as my DTM car. The car is like a collector’s item for me. I will definitely drive it, but only in the summer and to special occasions. After all, the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition is the icing on the cake at the end of an outstanding 2014 season. The car looks fantastic. The colours and stripes radiate a dynamic that suits me perfectly. It was a great feeling to drive the first few metres in the car. It goes without saying that moments like that bring back memories of crossing the finish line at the Lausitzring. That was the greatest success of my career so far. I will never forget that day.”

Could you ever have dreamt that somebody would one day build a car in your honour?

Wittmann: “No, I would never have thought it possible. It is a huge honour that BMW M GmbH dedicated a car to me. Particularly as there are only 23 models of this premium sports car available, in keeping with my start number last season. It is hard for me to imagine that only 23 people in the world have the pleasure of owning this car. And I am one of them. That is crazy, and something I am extremely proud of.”

Bruno Spengler was given a BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition after his title win in 2012. How does it feel to now be driving your own model?

Wittmann: “I was the test and development driver for BMW Motorsport back then, and had a front-row seat as Bruno won the 2012 DTM. I thought it was a fantastic gesture from BMW M GmbH to present him with his own car. Two years later I was able to repeat Bruno’s success. And now I have actually received my own Champion Edition. At least I can now join in the conversation when Bruno is waxing lyrical about his black BMW M3.”

DTM: Farfus receives the keys to his new BMW.

In the future, Augusto Farfus (BR) will be able to enjoy the route to the DTM circuits and any journeys in his adopted home of Monaco (MC) at the wheel of his new BMW M4 Convertible. Wintery temperatures did not prevent him from receiving the keys to the BMW M automobile with its Moonstone Metallic paintjob. The high-performance convertible, already a particularly sporty looking model, has been modified with BMW M Performance Parts including black kidney grilles, carbon rear diffusor and carbon front splitter. The BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Package further highlights the dynamic elegance and sporty appearance of the BMW M4 Convertible. Exhaust pipe finishers in carbon and a special silencer system ensure the car produces an unmistakable sound. The M side air vent, Air Curtain and AirBreather are not the only features evocative of motor racing. The BMW M Performance Alcantara steering wheel II with carbon fibre trim and race display has an integrated function display in the upper part of the rim. The latest OLED technology and two-colour LED displays enable the Race, Sport and EfficientDynamics modes to be operated via buttons integrated into the thumb rest area. “With all the integrated BMW M Performance Parts, the BMW M4 Convertible really is the perfect car for me,” said Farfus. “As a racing driver, I particularly like the amount of carbon that has been used. And the sound is simply fantastic.”

 

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The next milestone: the BMW M6 GT3 is rolled out at the BMW premises in Dingolfing

Munich (DE), 5th February 2015. BMW’s new figurehead for the GT racing scene has been given its first run: last Saturday, the test track on the premises of the BMW factory in Dingolfing (DE) provided the stage for the roll-out of the BMW M6 GT3, with which BMW teams will compete in national and international series, as well as at iconic endurance races, from 2016 onwards. The car left the garage for the first time at precisely 14:00 with Jörg Müller (DE) at the wheel. This gave the BMW works driver the honour of creating the next milestone in the development of the BMW M6 GT3.

“This is a big moment for everyone who has worked so intensely and passionately on the development of the BMW M6 GT3 in recent months,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “This car incorporates all the experience we have gained in recent years on the endurance and GT racing circuits. We are well on schedule with the development, and are confident we will be able to take to the track in 2016 with a package that is competitive from the outset. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved with this fantastic project.”

Müller was thrilled with his outing in Dingolfing: “It is a fantastic moment when you walk into the garage and see this stunningly beautiful car. I am very proud to have taken it out for its first few kilometres. A roll-out is obviously just an initial performance test but, on the whole, everything was very good and we had no problems. The engine really impressed me. It is powerful and has good torque, which is important for a car like this. I am confident that BMW Motorsport will provide its customers with a fantastic racing car, in the BMW M6 GT3.”

The development of the BMW M6 GT3 is progressing according to plan. It is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, which has been the subject of modifications for its use on the racetrack. It has dry sump lubrication and generates over 500 hp, with a total car weight of less than 1,300 kilograms. Further features of the BMW M6 GT3 include the transaxle drive concept, a six-speed sequential racing transmission, and powerful motorsport electronics. The chassis’ aerodynamic properties were optimised in the BMW wind tunnel.

The BMW M6 Coupé provides an ideal basis, on which the BMW Motorsport engineers have worked meticulously to hone the BMW M6 GT3 for use in motor racing. Priority was given to ensuring the drivers are as safe as physically possible. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against injury, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell, which complies with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great emphasis on efficiency, ease of maintenance and reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics.

Anyone interested in purchasing a BMW M6 GT3 can send an E-mail to M6GT3@bmw-motorsport.com. They will then be registered and be the first to hear any new information about the car.

Enquiries from North America are to be sent by E-mail to M6GT3NA@bmw-motorsport.com

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Tom Blomqvist races in the BMW M4 DTM in 2015

The BMW Motorsport driver line-up for the coming DTM season is complete: Tom Blomqvist (GB) will race in the popular touring car series at the wheel of the eighth BMW M4 DTM in 2015. Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann (DE), Maxime Martin (BE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Bruno Spengler (CA), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Timo Glock (DE) and António Félix da Costa (PT) had previously been confirmed as drivers at the traditional BMW Motorsport Season Review on 5th December.

Blomqvist was on track in the BMW M4 DTM for the first time at a test in Jerez de la Frontera (ES) at the start of December, where he and other debutants gained their first experience in a DTM racing car. The 21-year-old made an excellent impression, making a great case for the one vacant cockpit for the 2015 season.

“We are delighted to welcome another very promising youngster into our ranks, in the form of Tom Blomqvist,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Tom was extremely impressive at the test in Jerez, and comes to us with a wealth of experience from Formula 3. I am confident he has everything he needs to find his feet quickly in the DTM. With his likeable personality he is definitely a great asset to our line-up. We have done well with our choice of rookies so far. We will support Tom to the best of our ability to be successful from the word go in 2015.”

“I cannot put into words just how delighted I am to have been signed up by BMW Motorsport,” said Blomqvist. “After the test in Spain, I was able to envisage just how it would feel to be a BMW works driver and regularly push myself to the limit in the BMW M4 DTM. Now I have the opportunity to do just that – and it’s just fantastic. I’m really proud to be a member of the BMW Motorsport family now. As well as the exciting sporting prospects, I was also immediately impressed by the great team spirit and the way I was made to feel so welcome at the test.”

As the son of Swedish rally legend Stig Blomqvist, who won the World Championship in 1984, Tom literally has motorsport in his genes. However, the youngster was not drawn to the rallying scene after initially gaining experience and enjoying success on the karting circuit, but to single-seater racing. He impressed in Formula Renault in 2009, before winning the title in the British Formula Renault championship one year later – at just 16, he became the youngest driver in the history of the series to win the title.

Outings in the German Formula 3 Cup ultimately led Blomqvist to the Formula 3 Euro Series, In 2010 he made a guest start in the Formula BMW Pacific junior racing series in Macau (CN), and promptly finished third at the wheel of the Formula BMW FB02.

Despite still being in the early stages of his career, Blomqvist has already come to learn the dark side of motorsport, suffering a broken lumbar vertebra in a race at the Lausitzring (DE) in 2011, which brought his season to a premature end. However, he returned stronger than ever from this injury, and set about working his way to the top of Formula 3. In the 2014 season he scored 420 points, winning six races and stepping on the podium 15 times. At the end of the season he finished runner-up overall.

 

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 04/15.

Whether in the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship, or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

USCC: BMW works driver Dirk Werner turns his hand to lecturing.

One week after finishing runner-up at the 24 Hours of Daytona (US), BMW works driver Dirk Werner (DE) visited Munich (DE) to give a lecture at the Technical University (TU). His outing as a guest speaker came as part of the “Motor Racing Technology” series of lectures. Werner addressed about 100 automotive engineering students for 90 minutes on the subject of “Racing from the driver’s perspective”. Werner gave his captive audience fascinating insights into the demands placed on today’s professional racing drivers. He touched on such issues as physical and mental preparations, technical understanding, and the cooperation with BMW Motorsport engineers.

Three questions for … Dirk Werner.

Dirk, how did your guest appearance as a lecturer at the Technical University of Munich come about, and how did you enjoy this role?

Dirk Werner: “I was approached by BMW engineers who had already spoken at the TU as part of this series of lectures. They were looking for a driver to talk about motorsport from his perspective. That was a subject that interested me, so I was keen to give the lecture. I have done this twice now and received very positive feedback from extremely demanding students. After all, nobody but a driver himself can give a subjective impression of what goes on in the cockpit.”

Now that you have had a little time to digest it, What are your thoughts on that dramatic finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona, when you narrowly missed out on victory by just 0.478 seconds?

Werner: “It is crazy to think that, at the end of a 24-hour race, we came home just a few tenths of a second behind the winning car. The sprint towards the finish over the final few laps was very exciting. There was still everything to play for after the final yellow phase, and we had a chance of winning. I don’t think I could have overtaken the Corvette under my own steam, but the man in front could have made a mistake at any time. At any rate, I put him under as much pressure as possible. In the end he did not make any mistakes, but second place was still a great result for me and the team.”

Does the performance in Daytona leave you optimistic about the rest of the season?

Werner: “Definitely. Although we finished in the same position, we were far closer to the top of our class than last year, in terms of both the lap times and top speed. When you consider that, of all the circuits on the USCC race calendar, Daytona is actually the least suited to the strengths of the BMW Z4 GTLM, I am confident that we will be in contention for some victories this year.”

DTM: Timo Glock in the BMW X6 M at “COTA” in Austin.

BMW DTM driver Timo Glock (DE) left his trusty DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM at home this week, taking to the racetrack in the new BMW X6 M instead. Glock and Bill Auberlen (US), who flies the flag for BMW in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC), were taking part in a BMW event at “Circuit of the Americas” (COTA) in Austin (US). Glock had already driven the BMW X6 M during test and set-up sessions on this track in November. This time, it was the turn of international journalists to test the new Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW M in Austin. Glock and Auberlen guided them round the circuit in a BMW X6 M Pace Car. Numerous media representatives also took the opportunity to take a taxi ride in the passenger seat of the BMW X6 M, driven by the professional racing drivers. “The BMW X6 M really impressed me. It has a high centre of gravity and is not the lightest, but, despite this, it is still an incredibly agile and quick car. The performance really impressed me,” said Glock. BMW DTM drivers Marco Wittmann (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Bruno Spengler (CA) will also be in Austin in the weeks to come. As well as the BMW X6 M, the media representatives are also introduced to the new BMW 2 Series Cabrio in Austin.