Posts Tagged ‘BMW’
For the first time since the 90s, BMW will return and take part in the DTM series once again. To do that, BMW has revealed their M3 DTM Concept Car for the 2012 DTM season series. This may not be the final design, but it will be awfully close.
Behind the wheel will be Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. This M3 DTM comes with a 4.0 liter V8 engine with an air restrictor. The air restrictor allows the M3 DTM to stay within DTM regulations while being at approximately 480bhp.
Length: 4,775mm (without rear wing)
Height: Approx. 1,200mm (depending on suspension set-up)
Chassis/Bodywork: CFRP monocoque with steel roll cage structure
Transmission: Sequential 6-speed gearbox
Engine type: V8
Capacity: 4,000ccm (4.0 Liter)
Max. power output: Approx. 480bhp (air restricted as per DTM regulations)
Click the Photos To Enlarge!!
You might remember this blacked out e60 from a few months back. Since then it has been redone still with the black theme but a little different. See if you can spot the differences.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge:
Orginal post: http://www.myevilstar.com/murdered-e60/
Comment on your favorite and request we will make it wallpaper.
The biggest gathering of BMWs anywhere – Bimmerfest is this Saturday at the Rosebowl in Pasadena, California.
From a post on bimmer forums:
KTLA is shooting LIVE footage here at the Rose Bowl this morning in preparation for Bimmerfest 2011 sponsored by HorsepowerFreaks. Some amazing cars have shown up and its just a tiny preview of what is to come tomorrow!
We have a new Art Car from one HUGE BMW enthusiast. The car has been under wraps for some time but is going to be shown off in all its glory for the 1st time tomorrow at the show. Stop by the special display area near the Bimmerfest tent to see it in person. You don’t want to miss this one!
You can check out more at the bimmerfest Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Bimmerfest/ as well.
The new 1 M Coupe: The spirt of an e30 M in a new body.
Widened fenders and track. M3 Brakes – 14.2 inch front, 13.8 inch rear. M3 GTS competition wheels – 19×9” with 245/35/19 tires front and 19×10” w/ 265/35/19 tires rear. Weight balance of 51.7% front 48.3% rear.
Twin-turbocharged, all aluminum, 3.0L inline 6 cylinder engine, with direct injection. 335hp @ 5900rpm, 332lb-ft torque from 1500-4500rpm (with +37lb-ft overboost), 7,000 rpm redline. 4.7 second 0-60mph / 4.9 second 0-100kmh, 13.2 second quarter mile.
The return of BMW to the DTM from 2012 is reality: This was confirmed by the company during the DTM race weekend at the Hockenheimring. In April this year BMW announced its intention to race in the DTM in principle from 2012, the first time since its departure from the series in 1994.
In recent months BMW has been working with the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V. and the other manufacturers represented in the DTM on issues relating to the future technical regulations, and the long-term internationalisation of the championship. The positive nature of these discussions means BMW Motorsport can now begin planning its DTM comeback in greater detail.
The intention is to use the BMW M3 as the basic DTM vehicle, a car that has enjoyed unique successes in the field of touring and sports car racing in the past. Eric van de Poele and Roberto Ravaglia celebrated two DTM titles with the racing version of BMW’s most sporty model back in 1987 and 1989, while before that Volker Strycek won the first DTM in 1984 in the BMW 635 CSi.
I am so excited, like a kid on Christmas! The German DTM touring-car series has announced plans to stage races in the United States in 2013, with its high-performance four-door sedans competing on the same program with NASCAR and Grand American Road Racing events.
DTM, the abbreviation for the series’ official title, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, competes on road courses at many European tracks such as the Hockenheimring, site of Formula 1 and other events.
Autosport magazine reported on the comments of Hans Werner Aufrecht, director of DTM’s management group. “Beginning in 2013, we hope to have a championship with 12 races in the United States,” Aufrecht said. He added that six races are to be staged with Grand-Am and six with NASCAR events.
NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series presently competes on only two road-course venues, Infineon Raceway in California and Watkins Glen International in New York. The Grand-Am series is closely affiliated with Daytona Beach, Fla.-based NASCAR. The series has one race at each track each year.
American-style stock car racing is popular in other parts of the world, particularly in Mexico and England, but the touring cars are a bigger draw, with Britain and Germany hosting national championship series. The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) sanctions European and world championships. And Australia’s V8 Supercars series produced present NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose.
There are significant differences in the equipment compared to NASCAR machines. DTM and other series use production automobiles (Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes) which have been modified for racing, similar to the GT sports coupes which compete in various forms of sports car racing.
More than a year out, there are many unanswered questions about the details of this venture, but the main question is how American fans will respond to the series. Let’s all hope it’s a great response.
BMW has announced the world premier of the concept for its new 6 Series concept coupe at the 2010 Paris Motor Show Oct. 12 – 17.
Judging from the preview photos, the new coupe still retains some of those classic hallmarks that make a BMW coupe (stretched hood, short front overhang, a low silhouette with a swooped roofline). The concept has a lower silhouette and a tighter rear end, giving it a sportier visual feel.
BMW says the 2+2-seater will have full-LED, adaptive headlights and a newly designed, freestanding control display for the iDrive operating system. It has a full-glass roof, Bang & Olufsen sound and the driver-oriented cockpit (instrument panel, electronics).
The best part is where most “concept” cars never see the light of day, what you are looking at is a concept car in name only. Now while we like this concept over the current 6 series and it is a definite step in the right direction. We would have liked a little more, lets hope the next time they take a leap instead of just a step. What are your thoughts?