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BMW Premiere the 17th Art Car and Le Mans 24h Entry

Paris:. At the premiere of the 17th BMW Art Car Jeff Koons unveiled and signed his car in front of 300 international VIP guests on June 1 in the Centre Pompidou, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions for modern and contemporary art.

It is the same place where Roy Lichtenstein back in 1977 first presented and signed his Art Car.

As part of his creative process, the artist collected images of race cars, related graphics, vibrant colors, speed and explosions. The resulting artwork of bright colors conceived by Koons is evocative of power, motion and bursting energy.

 Its silver interior along with the powerful exterior design, the Art Car will impart a dynamic appearance even when it’s standing still.

“These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy,” said Koons. “You can participate with it, add to it and let yourself transcend with its energy.

There is a lot of power under that hood and I want to let my ideas transcend with the car – it’s really to connect with that power”.

Koons has been in an intense collaboration with BMW’s team in Munich for months – melding his skill with sophisticated BMW engineering – to ensure that the 17th BMW Art Car will be race-ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The BMW M3 GT2

Derived from the BMW M3 high-performance sports car, the BMW M3 GT2 boasts a 4.0-liter V8 engine with a maximum output of 500 bhp, an upgraded chassis, racing-caliber brakes, and extensive use of lightweight materials.

Able to reach 100 mph in 3.4 seconds, the BMW M3 GT2 is rapidly emerging as a real first year contender at this Le Mans 24h after victory at the Nürburgring 24h last month.

For the Comeback at 24 Le Mans BMW Motorsport is supported by numerous successful partners. This is why the BMW M3 GT2 will be labeled with the logos of Castrol, Crowne Plaza, Dunlop, Randstad, Sympatex, LuK, H&R, BBS and NGK for the race on the “Circuit de la Sarthe”.

G-Power M3 GT2-S Nürburgring Video.

After our previous article our friends over at G-Power have released to us the Trackday Video taken on the Nürburgring that day.
Its good to see the first marketed M3 to celebrate the winning BMW team, at the ADAC 24h, was here to show off their interpretation of the very best tuned M3 on offer.

The fitted Radial Supercharger is an ASA T1-522 provides an exhaust pitch of the v8 mixed with the supercharger whine, and is a fantastic soundtrack to enjoy the Northloop.
If you ever wondered what a forced induction M3 v8 handles like on semi dry track, watch the composure of the GT2-S in the following Video:-

*Video:g-power gt2-s 600ps nurburgring track video

This was one of the many familarisation and track tuning laps taken that day, the first lap the car was held up by a Wiesmann GT which is no stranger on the infamous Nordschleife in Germany.

The video shows the Wiesmann GT locking its wheels on a few occasion trying to keep the supercharged V8 behind.

It were quite a spirited drive from the lightweight Wiesmann, but on the straight the wide open throttle mixed with the supercharged M3 it overtook.

Considering the track was quite slippy this was a good couple of laps from G-Power and did a respectable 160mph down Döttinger Höhe, showing capacity for its VMAX of 205mph.

You can clearly see on a few occasions the supercharged V8 immense low end torque makes the car oversteer, and also wheel span at the top of Hohe Acht.

Source: G-Power.

2011 BMW M1 & M5 Confirmed

German’s webzine Auto-News interviewed BMW M Division’s Dr. Kay Segler after the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. Segler admitted that his motorsport division was developing a baby M powered car based on the 135i. The car will aim to admit younger buyers into the M club, given how out-of-reach the current entry-level M3 has become.

The name M1 is out of question due to respect for the original supercar (1978 to 1981) and wasnt confirmed to be the 135is either. The power unit is also unknown but it is assumed to pack more than the 322-340 bhp offered by the special Performance Power Kit. It goes on sale in relatively small numbers from the end of 2011.

Also Segler confirmed the new M5 will appear in late 2011. Its engine is based on the 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 found in the X series M’s. The two pack a respectable 547 bhp, but the M5 is expected to top them considering the RS6 is 580 hp so expect a competitive power output.

Suppose this would be hard to dispute considering our photos of both M division cars.

Source: auto-news.de
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G-Power GT2-S Tuning and Nurburgring Test.

G power turned up to tune the 600hp street born racer on its intended stomping ground after announcing its release 2 week earlier to coincide with the winning BMW M3 GT2 at the 38th ADAC Zurich 24h race at the Nürburgring.

This car based on the BMW V8 with the addition of a supercharger system the ASA T1-522 radial compressor, which powers the ALPINA B6 GT3 race car. (Also Shown)

This thrusts the  GT2-S  0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.1 seconds and if the 7 speed DCT box is opted for all the way to a unrestricted 205mph.

Zoran Zorneke, CEO of G Power, explained that the supercharger was a fitting addition to tackle the Nordschleife due to its low end torque. He also explained that the suspension and some of the boost mappings were still in progress on the car to finalize the best set up for the track.

The car’s exhaust note was the usual throaty blipping characteristic of the V8 M3 along with an ASA T1-522 radial compressor whine to remind us of its forced induction engineering. One thing that was surprising, considering its weight reduction of nearly 150kg, was that the car was in no way  a stripped out racer.

On the inside of the vehicle, G-POWER has swapped the series production front seats for carbon racing buckets that not only support the driver in his battle with centrifugal forces, but are also each 12 kg lighter than their standard counterparts. Just like that, another 24 kg disappear. The G-POWER M3 GT2 S also goes without its rear bench, while the interior is upgraded with an individual G-POWER leather trim package. Leather and Alcantara applications in G-POWER orange with blue stitching give the sporty and spartan interior a touch of class and a luxurious feel and also match the Air intake manifold also painted in G-Power orange.

I look forward to fetching you more news of G-Power products in the Future:-

BMW M1 at the ADAC Zurich 24h Nurburgring Classic Race

One of the most untalked about and interesting races are the historic car races still happening around the world. Most recently at the Nürburgring 24h, the Classics undertook a classic 3h endurance race on the Nordschleife in Germany.

One car stood out from the impressive line-up and it is good to see that the Nelson Piquet 1980 car was on show at the 2010 ADAC Zurich 24h Classic race with a respectable best laptime on the Nordschleife and the GP circuit of 9:28.

This line of historic BMW M1s were produced by German automaker BMW from 1978 to 1981 and were the only mid-engined BMWs to be mass produced.

In the late 1970s, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini entered into a contract with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation into Group 4.

The result was the hand-built M1 coupe that was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW.

The engine had six separate throttle butterflies, four valves per cylinder, and produced 277 PS (204 kW; 273 hp) in the street version, providing a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph).

Turbocharged racing versions (this being one of them) were capable of producing around 850 hp (634 kW). The picture above is the same car Nelson Piquet drove with BMW M1 in 1980 at the Nürburgring, and the best reported time for the Nordschleife was an amazing 7:24. This was good compared to the current lap times of the Gumpert Apollo which is 7:11.

Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models. The spirit of the M1 lived on in the first ever M5, as both models shared the same, albeit slightly modified, engine.
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M3 GTS-R Nurburgring Edition Rumour’s

 

Every manufacturer seems to have planned a nurburgring edition of their flagship models or previously made one.

You have the lexus LFA with the limited Nurburgring Edition.

And now after the success at the 24h race,  BMW are rumored to be releasing at even more extreme version of the M3 GTS if that is possible.

Details of the model are still probably a Pipedream, and just probably the brainchild of the designers excited at the possibility.

Needless to say there will be some sort of response of the historic win to be announced at one of the european car shows later this year.

Could it be the Kers addition to the power train to answer to Porsche GT3 RSR and Ferrari hybrid offerings along with a bored out 4.4l and more engine tuning.

If its going to be a tribute to The Nurburgring 24 winning car, We would like to see at pistonspy- The side-mounted exhausts spitting flames and in its beautiful white livery.

On the other hand it could be as simple as some additional GTS runs with some extra trim levels and an exclusive colour scheme.

 

BMW M3 GTS Revealed Video and Unseen Photo’s

Recently it has been pretty obvious that BMW have been heavily testing their existing M3 and the Race prepared M3 GTS on the Nordschleife, as it did lap after lap and gave me the opportunity for some amazing pistonspy taken Photos of the M3 GTS in action and of course BMW Video.

The history of BMW M3 motor sport has been enriched by a further fascinating chapter as the BMW M3 GTS celebrates its debut on the racetrack and on the road. In terms of performance and safety, the most powerful version of the high-performance BMW M3 Coupe featuring a 331 kW/450 bhp engine offers the ideal preconditions for use at club sport events, whilst at the same time being officially road-legal. The BMW M3 GTS is produced at the BMW M GmbH manufacturing facility. In addition to a larger and more powerful V8 engine, exclusive tuning of the 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension technology, the car, which is designed for club sport use, has also been specifically optimised with regard to aerodynamics and lightweight construction.

The supreme sporting potential of the BMW M3 GTS is underlined, inter alia, by a power-to-weight ratio that has been lowered to 3.4 kg per hp. Featuring a transmission and suspension configuration which has been optimised for the racetrack, the BMW M3 GTS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.4 seconds. The car reaches the 1000 metre mark from a standstill in just 22.5 seconds. Top speed is 305 km/h.

“The BMW M3 is an icon and internationally synonymous with the highest level of dynamics,” explains Dr. Kay Segler, CEO of the BMW M GmbH. “Our aim was to develop a model variant that would prove its outstanding potential both on the road and at club sport racing events. The BMW M3 GTS is pure M feeling, embodying the brand values in a highly concentrated form.”

High-performance suspension with adjustable racetrack set-up.

The car’s suspension technology also derived from motor racing is based on the front and rear axle construction featured by the BMW M3 Coupe. Contrary to that, the BMW M3 GTS features a rigid rear-axle support as well as a coilover suspension, the dampers of which are independently variable in the traction and compression travel. Moreover, camber on the front and rear axles and vehicle height are variable for motor racing purposes. The car is lowered by 16 mm at the front and 12 mm at the rear.

Expect to see this car on display at the 38th ADAC Zurich 24h race this weekend and perhaps maybe a show of the M5 CSL.
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2011 BMW M5 Spotted Again Nurburgring.

Until recently I owned a E60 M5 awesome car and at the time the worlds fastest saloon.

So you can imagine my excitement when the new M5 was rumored.

It was reputed to be a twin turbo adaptation of the award winning V10 to compete with Audi Biturbo V10 my excitement in the prospect of the high revving V10 coupled with a twin turbo perhaps would even compete with the Lexus LFA.

Unfortunately this isn’t the case, gone is the award winning v10 and is rumored to have a Twin-Turbo 4.4 litre V8 which is used in the X6 M and the X5 M, Showing one horsepower less than the RS6 with 578hp at the crank the transmission loss in the RS6 could lead to it being beaten.

Apparently the figures for the new model 0-62mph currently has shaved 0.5 of a second of the previous model.

Time will tell if BMW have managed to improve the M5

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