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  • 10 Jun 2021 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    Signature BMW driving pleasure and sporting elegance brought together with modern functionality: The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé is poised to build on the success of its predecessor with this blend of qualities plus well-conceived enhancements to its inherent attributes and product substance.

    With the original BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé having enjoyed significant success, a second-generation model is now being added to the latest 4 Series range. The new four-door coupé captures the imagination with its noticeably enhanced driving dynamics, a sharper design following the BMW brand’s new design language, a refined premium feel for its interior and a host of innovations in the areas of operation and connectivity. In addition to the driving pleasure and sporting elegance for which BMW is renowned, modern functionality is central to this gran coupé concept for the premium midsize segment. Comfortable access to the rear compartment, five full-size seats, a large tailgate and a variable-usage load compartment ensure the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé retains its model-specific skillset in everyday driving and on longer trips.

    This time around, a performance version of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé courtesy of BMW M GmbH will be available from the car’s market launch (due to get underway in November 2021) alongside four other model variants. All will be built under a flexible manufacturing process at BMW Group Plant Munich on the same line as the all-electric BMW i4 and the BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring models.

    Distinctive proportions, highly versatile interior.

    The standalone character of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé is clearly expressed in its exterior design. Measuring 4,783 millimetres in exterior length, 1,852 millimetres in width and 1,442 millimetres in height, it has distinctive proportions combined with dynamically stretched coupé lines. It is 143 millimetres longer, 27 millimetres wider and 53 millimetres taller than its predecessor, while the track widths have also grown – to 1,595 millimetres at the front (+50 mm) and 1,623 millimetres at the rear (+29 mm). The wheelbase of 2,856 millimetres is 46 millimetres longer than the predecessor’s and 5 millimetres more than the figure for the 3 Series Sedan.

    The model-specific body concept results in a versatile interior offering generous amounts of space in the rear. The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé offers 470 litres of boot space, the primary capacity in the directly viewable area of the boot having grown by 39 litres. Load capacity can be expanded to a maximum of 1,290 litres by folding down the sections of the rear backrest, with its standard 40 : 20 : 40 split.

    Expressive front end, elegant silhouette, powerful rear.

    Bold lines and surfaces with a three-dimensional structure are the defining elements of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé’s expressive front end. Dropping deep down at its centre is the large and vertically prominent BMW kidney grille that transmits a feeling of assured presence. The slim full-LED headlights come with U-shaped fibre-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights. There is also the option of Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight including BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assistant.

    Precise lines, doors with frameless windows and flush-fitting handles, and powerful shoulders shape the elegantly sporty silhouette of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, while the roofline culminates in a pronounced spoiler lip on the tailgate. Horizontal lines are the dominant influence at the rear end. And the low-slung, muscular stature of the car is also accentuated by a rear apron with vertical aero lips at its outer edges and a Black finish for its lower edge. The stylishly darkened full-LED rear lights extend well into the flanks.

    Bespoke design features add dynamic flourishes to M Sport cars and the BMW M model. An M Carbon exterior package can be specified as an option, and model-specific M Performance Parts are available as part of the Genuine BMW Accessory range.

    Interior: driving pleasure and spaciousness amid a premium ambience.

    Inside the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, the high centre console and flowing surface structure running from the instrument panel into the door panels generate a cocooning feel in the front seats. The Start/Stop button for the engine is positioned in a classily designed control panel in the centre console, which also houses the BMW Controller and the buttons for the Driving Experience Control unit and electromechanical parking brake alongside the model-specific gearshift lever. The rear seat bench with folding head restraints allows three child seats to be fitted.

    Sport seats and a Sport leather steering wheel come as standard. The dynamic style of the interior is accentuated in the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé and in M Sport cars by features including knee pads on the centre console. The list of optional equipment provides extensive scope for individualisation. Driving pleasure and comfort can be enhanced with items such as seat heating and ventilation, Vernasca and BMW Individual leather trim options, Sensatec or leather coverings for the instrument panel, the M Sport package Pro, a large glass slide/tilt sunroof, ambient lighting and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System.

    State-of-the-art four- and six-cylinder engines and 48V mild hybrid technology provide clear boost for dynamism and efficiency.

    The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé underscores its vividly enhanced sporting credentials with a performance model at the top of the range. The BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 8.5 – 8.0 l/100 km [33.2 – 35.3 mpg imp] in the WLTP test cycle; CO2 emissions combined: 194 – 181 g/km in the WLTP test cycle) is powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The BMW 430i Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 7.6 – 6.8 l/100 km [37.2 – 41.5 mpg imp] in WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 173 – 156 g/km in WLTP) gives a debut to a new four-cylinder petrol engine which develops 180 kW/245 hp and has an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head to further reduce emissions levels. The four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 420i Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 7.3 – 6.6 l/100 km [38.7 – 42.8 mpg imp] in WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 166 – 150 g/km in WLTP) produces maximum output of 135 kW/184 hp. And a 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder diesel engine can be found under the bonnet of the BMW 420d Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 5.4 – 4.8 l/100 km [52.3 – 58.9 mpg imp] in WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 141 – 126 g/km in WLTP) and BMW 420d xDrive Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 5.7 – 5.1 l/100 km [49.6 – 55.4 mpg imp] in WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 150 – 133 g/km in WLTP).

    In the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé and the diesel variants of the new car, mild hybrid technology further increases dynamism and efficiency. The 48V starter-generator puts an extra 8 kW/11 hp on tap when accelerating off the line or putting in a quick burst of speed. An additional battery helps to further expand the scope for regenerating and storing brake energy.

    All the engines team up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. Meanwhile, the optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission (standard in the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé) complements its sharper shift dynamics and shift paddles on the steering wheel with a Sprint function. This prompts the powertrain and shift characteristics to maximise dynamic performance when putting in a sudden burst of speed or overtaking.

    High body rigidity, optimised aerodynamic attributes.

    The sporting characteristics of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé are also well served by a low centre of gravity and almost 50 : 50 weight distribution. An intelligent material mix has been employed to optimise the weight of both the body and chassis technology. And the bespoke body struts at the front end and in the rear axle area can also take credit for the car’s superb handling agility and precision.

    An active air flap control system comprising flaps at the top and bottom, plus air curtains and an almost completely sealed underbody optimise the car’s aerodynamics. The drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.26 measured for the BMW 420d Gran Coupé, for example, represents a reduction of 0.02 over its predecessor.

    Sophisticated chassis technology with model-specific tuning.

    Model-specific geometry, mounting and tuning for the sophisticated chassis technology in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé imbue it with exceptional dynamic assurance. The two-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle have likewise been engineered to reduce weight while increasing rigidity. Standard-fitted lift-related dampers enhance both sports performance and ride comfort. Depending on the spring travel, these provide extra damping to control body movement when driving over large bumps, as well as preventing excessive dive. The system reacts to minor imperfections in the road surface with low damping forces that produce high levels of comfort.

    The lift-related dampers are particularly firm in nature on the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé and on cars with the optional M Sport suspension specified. The adaptive M suspension available as an option combines the characteristics of M Sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and therefore offers the widest possible range of driving experiences on the sporty-to-comfortable spectrum. Variable sport steering is included with both optional suspension variants. Also available as an option are M Sport brakes (standard on the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé).

    The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé comes as standard with 17-inch light-alloy wheels. Standard specification for the new BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé includes 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M Sport differential with electronically controlled, fully variable locking function in the rear differential. This is also available as an option for the BMW 430i Gran Coupé if M Sport suspension or adaptive M suspension is specified.

    Wide array of driver assistance systems.

    Some 40 assistance functions designed to enable comfortable and safe driving and parking are available as standard or options for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé. Highlights include Active Cruise Control with automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring and traffic light recognition (in Germany), plus Steering and Lane Control Assistant.

    Standard specification comprises front collision warning, Speed Limit Info, Lane Departure Warning, Park Distance Control, the Reversing Assist Camera and Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant. Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View and Remote 3D View can also be ordered as an option.

    Advanced connectivity and new digital services.

    The driver and passengers in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé benefit from the extended possibilities provided by BMW Operating System 7 as standard. Customers can take their pick of control interface for the situation at hand: control display touchscreen, familiar BMW Controller, multifunction buttons on the steering wheel, voice control or optional BMW gesture control. There is also access to a range of highly advanced digital services, including the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, BMW Digital Key, Connected Music and Remote Software Upgrades.

    The standard-fitted BMW Live Cockpit Plus comprises the iDrive operating system with 8.8-inch control display and a 5.1-inch colour display in the instrument cluster. The optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional features a fully digital screen grouping including a high-resolution instrument cluster with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch control display.

    The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system offers extremely fast and precise route calculation and arrival times, real-time traffic data updates at short intervals and the ability to enter any word when searching for a destination. With smartphone integration fitted as standard, customers can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the car’s operating system. And the Remote Software Upgrades function allows improved vehicle functions and additional digital services to be imported into the car over the air.

    BMW PRESS

  • 7 Jun 2021 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    After claiming victory last year, ROWE Racing reached the podium once again at the 49th edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER).

    After claiming victory last year, ROWE Racing reached the podium once again at the 49th edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER). At the farewell appearance of the BMW M6 GT3, which will be replaced by the BMW M4 GT3 in 2022, Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), Martin Tomczyk (GER), Marco Wittmann (GER) and Connor De Phillippi (USA) finished second in the #98 car. Having started from 25th on the grid, the quartet put on an impressive recovery performance and crossed the finish line just 8.8 seconds behind the victorious Porsche. This proved to be the shortest-ever edition of the race after thick fog interrupted the event for more than 14 hours.

    On Saturday afternoon, Tomczyk had laid the foundations for success in difficult conditions featuring soaking-wet sections of track as well as dry areas. He moved up from 25th position to third place during his double stint. In the final stage after the restart around midday on Sunday, van der Linde was involved in a thrilling duel for victory with the #911 Porsche. In the end, ROWE Racing was not even ten seconds away from defending their title. The team’s #1 car, with Nick Catsburg (NED), Nick Yelloly (GBR), John Edwards (USA) and Philipp Eng (AUT) at the wheel, started from pole position and led the field for the restart, but then fell back when regulations required a long pit stop after the red flag on Saturday evening. Shortly thereafter, the car was forced to retire due to a technical defect.

    Schubert Motorsport also gave a strong performance. Jens Klingmann (GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Stef Dusseldorp (NED) were on course for a podium finish for some time but then suffered some bad luck with Code 60 periods in the final stage and crossed the line in sixth place.

    BMW Junior Team was unrewarded for a strong debut in the BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) were joined by Augusto Farfus (BRA) as they worked their way back to the top ten thanks to some great lap times after selecting the wrong tyres at the start of the race. However, Farfus started to struggle with technical problems 30 minutes from the end and was hit from behind by another car as he slowed down. That marked the end of the race for the BMW Team RMG #77 BMW M6 GT3. Walkenhorst Motorsport put two of its BMW M6 GT3s in the top 20, finishing in twelfth and 15th.

    BMW M CEO Markus Flasch (AUT) finished fourth in the CUP5 class with the #241 BMW M2 CS Racing. Competing for Adrenalin Motorsport, he shared the car with Jörg Weidinger, Matthias Malmedie and Niki Schelle (all GER).

    Reactions after the race:

    Markus Flasch (CEO BMW M GmbH): “What a race for the BMW M Motorsport family! We are delighted with this second place for the BMW M6 GT3 and the ROWE Racing team. Congratulations to the team and the drivers of the #98 car. They showed how strong the BMW M6 GT3 remains, even at this age, and that it can still battle for victory. Unfortunately, their team-mates endured some bad luck with the #1 car and had been among the favourites to win the race. The Schubert Motorsport car was also involved in the battle for a podium result for a long period. We had a very good set-up at the top. BMW Junior Team also gave a strong performance until being forced to retire just before the end of the race. Congratulations to the lads and Augusto Farfus for a strong performance. It was definitely a fine way for the BMW M6 GT3 to mark its farewell at this classic event. At the same time, we are also really looking forward to the BMW M4 GT3, which we presented here at the Nürburgring this weekend. We will be competing with the new car at this race in the future. This will put us back on the attack. Personally, I had a lot of fun getting out on the track in this race with the BMW M2 CS Racing. That was a unique experience. I would certainly not rule out competing again in 2022. I would also like to thank the many other BMW M Motorsport teams who celebrated class wins and gave a great battling performance. We are very proud of the BMW M Motorsport family at the Nürburgring. And of course, the same also applies to the huge BMW M fan community for their superb support. Congratulations to Porsche and the Manthey team on their overall win.”

    Mike Krack (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “Once again, that was anything but a normal race here at the Nürburgring. We made it through the difficult opening stage really well. When the race was stopped, we had three cars in the top six but the interruption lasted for a very long time. Race control definitely made the right decision. We then had a three-and-a-half-hour sprint race. Unfortunately, we lost two cars due to technical problems, while the Schubert team and the #98 from ROWE Racing were battling for podiums and the win. Overall, our drivers and teams gave a faultless performance under the most challenging conditions. Congratulations to the Manthey team on their win.”

    Hans-Peter Naundorf (ROWE Racing team principal): “We reached the podium thanks to a fantastically good performance from our drivers. The conditions in the opening stage were extremely difficult, however, the #98 car was still able to make great progress. Martin’s starting stint was sensational - it was like seeing the rain god walking on water. Sheldon was in the car for nearly three hours at the end and he applied some great pressure. The race was just a bit too short for us. We might have been able to achieve more over the full distance. The #1 car also gave a great performance but unfortunately a technical defect ended its race.”

    Martin Tomczyk (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 2nd place): “After qualifying, we would never have expected to move to the front so quickly during the race. It is always wonderful to stand on the podium at this 24-hour race. The ROWE Racing team, BMW M Motorsport and my three fellow drivers all put so much work into this race. We have been rewarded for that. It was so much fun. A great result, and one that I was not really expecting.”

    Sheldon van der Linde (#98 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Racing, 2nd place): “Considering our grid position, that is an unbelievable result. I could see the Manthey Porsche on Döttinger Höhe. It was so tight. Of course, it does hurt a little but we really should not be disappointed. My triple stint at the end was not half bad, I really gave it everything. But it was not to be. Congratulations to Manthey, they earned the win.”

    Marco Wittmann (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 2nd place): “In the end, we can be very pleased with that second place, even though it is a little disappointing to finish not even ten seconds behind the winners. When we started from 25th on the grid on Saturday, we had no expectation of finishing the race on the podium. It was Martin Tomczyk who put us in this position with his unbelievable opening double stint. In general, we worked really well as a team. That is my first podium at a 24-hour race. I am really pleased with that.”

    Connor De Phillippi (#98 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, 2nd place): “I am grateful for having been part of such a great team. I think that our car had the potential to win but the conditions were unbelievably tough at times. In the end, luck was not entirely on our side but I am sure we will get another chance.”

    Jesse Krohn (#20 BMW M6 GT3, Schubert Motorsport, 6th place): “Our car was definitely good enough for the podium but luck was just not on our side. We had two Code 60 periods towards the end of the race, which our rivals did not have. That cost us a lot of time and you can’t make it back up. Nonetheless, we are happy to have made it to the finish. But we could have done better.”

    Neil Verhagen (#77 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Junior Team, DNF): “I think that this 24-hour race on the Nordschleife is the most fun I’ve ever had in a racing car in all my life. You are simply always driving right on the limit here. I have never experienced anything like it at any other circuit. Being able to drive the restart after the interruption was a major highlight for me. I just gave it everything and had tunnel vision. My first 24-hour race in a GT3 car was just crazy. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get the car to the finish line in the end.”

    Philipp Eng (#1 BMW M6 GT3, ROWE Racing, DNF): “We were doing really well. Our starting drivers in particular, Nick and Martin in the other car, did a phenomenal job of keeping the cars on the track during this difficult stage. Unfortunately, the red flag with the new regulation for the time required for a pit stop did not help us at all. We had to stay there for an unbelievably long time and then we knew we would have to drive right on the limit. I don’t think we have often pushed as hard on the Nordschleife as we did today, but then we had a technical issue. I no longer had full power and had to retire the car.”

    BMW PRESS

  • 4 Jun 2021 9:34 PM | Anonymous

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  • 2 Jun 2021 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    The BMW iX is ready for series production and is due to arrive on the world’s roads from November 2021. The BMW Group’s new technology flagship combines locally emission-free driving pleasure, sporting agility and a compelling operating range with a character profile dedicated squarely to sustainability. With its trailblazing design and an interior devoted to luxurious spaciousness, the BMW iX embodies a fresh new take on the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. Conceived from the outset for purely electric mobility, this model is based on a new toolkit for the future, whose vast potential for innovations in the areas of automated driving, operation, connectivity and digital services translates into a premium mobility experience unparalleled in this segment.

    The BMW iX will be launched with a choice of two model variants. Both are equipped with an electric all-wheel-drive system, with combined output of 385 kW/523 hp in the BMW iX xDrive50 (electric power consumption combined in the WLTP cycle: 23.0 – 19.8 kWh/100 km [62 miles]; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) and 240 kW/326 hp in the BMW iX xDrive40 (electric power consumption combined in the WLTP cycle: 22.5 – 19.4 kWh/100 km [62 miles]; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). The drive technology’s efficiency paired to the very latest battery cell technology results in WLTP-calculated ranges of up to 630 kilometres (391 miles) in the BMW iX xDrive50 and up to 425 kilometres (264 miles) in the BMW iX xDrive40. Also set to join the model line-up at a later date is the BMW iX M60 (electric power consumption combined in the WLTP cycle: 21.6 kWh/100 km [62 miles]; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) with a maximum output in excess of 440 kW/600 hp that promises an exceptionally sporty all-electric driving experience. (The figures relating to motor output and energy consumption for the BMW iX M60 are predicted values based on the car’s current stage of development).

    Well-balanced driving characteristics.

    The body structure, design principle and chassis tuning of the BMW iX are perfectly geared to blending superb ride comfort with sporty handling characteristics. The aluminium spaceframe construction and the Carbon Cage’s use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof and at the sides and rear result in an intelligent material mix that increases rigidity at the same time as minimising weight. The optimised aerodynamic properties that contribute to the car’s drag coefficient of just 0.25 also have a positive impact on efficiency and range. The high-voltage battery located low down in the car’s underbody lowers the centre of gravity, combining with the even weight distribution to make handling more nimble. Thanks to its well-balanced driving characteristics, the BMW iX feels solid and comfortable out on the road, yet also exudes fleet-footed agility.

    The standard chassis technology for the BMW iX comprises a double-wishbone front axle, five-link rear axle, lift-related dampers and an electric steering system with Servotronic function and a variable ratio. Two-axle air suspension with electronically controlled dampers, Integral Active Steering and Sport brakes can all be found on the options list. As an alternative to the standard 20-inch light-alloy wheels, there is a choice of 21-inch and 22-inch Air Performance Wheels. These can be fitted with noise-reduced tyres, which have a layer of foam on their inner surface to improve acoustic comfort.

    Electric all-wheel drive and near-actuator wheel slip limitation.

    The electric all-wheel-drive system in the BMW iX transmits exactly the right amount of drive torque to the front and rear wheels in all driving situations. Its intelligent control enables fully variable power transmission ranging from highly efficient pure rear-wheel drive through to an all-wheel-drive set-up that maximises traction.

    The near-actuator wheel slip limitation technology fitted in tandem with all-wheel drive for the first time brings about a further improvement in traction and handling stability. Integrated into the motor management, this system produces very precise and lightning fast corrective inputs and thereby enables the car to make effortless progress at all times, even in adverse weather and road conditions. The BMW iX xDrive50 posts acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, while the BMW iX xDrive40 hits the same mark from rest in 6.1 seconds.

    Highly integrated and efficient drive technology.

    The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology fitted in the BMW iX is centred around a drive unit which brings together the electric motor, power electronics and transmission within a single housing. This highly integrated electric drive system topology has a beneficial effect on both power density and efficiency, at the same time as making highly economical use of the installation space in the area between the front and rear axle.

    Both motors in the BMW iX work according to the principle of an electrically excited synchronous motor, where the excitation of the rotor is induced by the feed-in of electrical energy rather than fixed permanent magnets. This enables them to put their maximum torque on tap immediately on pulling away and maintain it over an extremely broad rev band. Combined torque peaks at 630 Nm (464 lb-ft) in the BMW iX xDrive40 and an even higher 765 Nm (564 lb-ft) in the BMW iX xDrive50.

    Adaptive and individually regulated recuperation.

    Adaptive recuperation gives a further boost to the efficiency and range of the BMW iX. Intelligently connected drive management means the intensity of the brake energy recuperation during overrun and active braking can be adapted to the road situation, as detected by data from the navigation system and the sensors used by the driver assistance systems. When approaching a junction, for example, the degree of recuperation can be increased, in order to feed energy back into the high-voltage battery while harnessing the deceleration effect at the same time. On the open road, meanwhile, the coasting function can take over, allowing the car to “freewheel” with no drive power whenever the driver eases off the accelerator.

    Adaptive recuperation is the default setting in driving position D. Alternatively, the driver can choose a high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration setting for all driving situations in the BMW iDrive menu. The highest recuperation setting is automatically activated in driving position B, which also produces the characteristic one-pedal feeling. Information on the energy flow can be viewed in the control display no matter which driving position is selected. The Efficiency Trainer offers hints for driving in a very economical manner, while the range horizon clearly illustrates the impact of driving style on the high-voltage battery’s charge level.

    High-voltage battery with the very latest battery cell technology.

    Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology also includes a high-voltage battery with state-of-the-art battery cell technology. Its volumetric energy density at cell level is up by around 40 per cent compared to the high-voltage battery in the 2020 BMW i3. The BMW iX xDrive50 is fitted with a high-voltage battery with a net energy content of 105.2 kWh (gross energy content: 111.5 kWh), while the battery unit for the BMW iX xDrive40 has a net energy content of 71 kWh (gross energy content: 76.6 kWh).

    The standard specification of the BMW iX includes an integrated heating and cooling system for the cabin, together with its high-voltage battery and a drive system that operates using an exceptionally efficient heat pump function. Anticipatory thermal management enables the high-voltage battery’s operating temperature to be optimised for quick and efficient charging prior to a scheduled stop at a fast-charging station.

    The Combined Charging Unit (CCU) in the BMW iX has been designed to offer a very high level of charging flexibility. DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 200 kW (BMW iX xDrive50) or 150 kW (BMW iX xDrive40). This allows the battery’s state of charge to be increased from 10 to 80 per cent in around 35 minutes in the BMW iX xDrive50 or 31 minutes in the case of the BMW iX xDrive40. What is more, range can be increased by up to 150 kilometres (93 miles) for the BMW iX xDrive50 and over 95 kilometres (59 miles) for the BMW iX xDrive40 in just ten minutes when they are plugged into a DC fast-charging station with an initial battery charge of 10 per cent. BMW iX models in Europe are supplied complete with a BMW Charging Card, the Flexible Fast Charger offering a charging rate of up to 11 kW and a mode 3 charging cable for public charging stations. The special tariff system offered by BMW Charging allows electrical power to be replenished at a very attractive price at both public charging stations and high-power charging stations.

    Premiere for the new generation of the BMW iDrive control/operation system.

    The new generation of the iDrive display and operating system making its debut in the BMW iX expands the interaction between driver and vehicle and turns it into a natural dialogue. It is based on the new BMW Operating System 8 and was designed with a clear focus on the touchscreen operation of the BMW Curved Display and on verbal communication with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which has also undergone an extensive upgrade. The BMW Curved Display is a fully digital display grouping formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches housed together behind a glass surface that is angled towards the driver. The digital personal assistant now boasts additional capabilities and uses a new graphic when communicating with the vehicle’s occupants.

    The new My Modes expand the range of vehicle settings that can be selected, thereby creating an all-encompassing driving experience. Remote Software Upgrades and the option of also purchasing vehicle functions later from the BMW ConnectedDrive Store via Functions on Demand, then having them installed over the air, keep the vehicle software “always fresh”. Navigation using the cloud-based system BMW Maps and Augmented Reality Video in the control display ensures quick and accurate route planning while also making it easy for the driver to find their way on the road. The use of 5G mobile technology for data transmission and the ability to integrate a personal mobile account into the car using the personal eSIM reinforce the pioneering status of the BMW iX.

    Wide variety of driver assistance systems.

    The new technology toolkit in the BMW iX offers considerable potential for driving forward the development of automated driving and parking functions, with the prospect of Level 3 functionality in the medium term. A new generation of sensors, a new software stack and a powerful computing platform provide the basis for exceptional intelligence. Five cameras, five radar sensors and 12 ultrasonic sensors are used to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.

    The BMW iX comes equipped with the most extensive set of standard driver assistance systems ever seen on a BMW along with a wealth of innovations. The front collision warning system, for instance, now detects oncoming traffic when turning left (in countries where vehicles drive on the right) as well as cyclists and pedestrians when turning right. Availability of the optional Steering and Lane Control Assistant has been significantly expanded, while the optional Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function offers enhanced situational distance adjustment. The exit warning function, which alerts to the presence of cyclists or pedestrians in the surrounding area before the doors are opened, and the Remote Theft Recorder are both new features. Also to be found on the standard equipment list for the BMW iX is the Parking Assistant including Reversing Assist Camera and the Reversing Assistant.

    Exterior design exuding progressive luxury; spacious interior with a feel-good ambience.

    The pioneering character of the BMW iX also clearly shines through in its exterior design. The clearly structured, reduced design language, the body’s imposing styling with muscular SAV proportions and the precisely crafted details create an aura of progressive luxury. Standout exterior features include the almost completely blanked-off BMW kidney grille, whose surface is the product of innovative manufacturing techniques and incorporates camera and radar sensors.

    The BMW iX has been rigorously designed from the inside out. Its interior has been created to provide quality of life and personal well-being. Vast amounts of room and newly developed seats with integral head restraints set the tone for the luxurious ambience. The absence of a centre tunnel creates extra legroom and sufficient space for storage facilities and a centre console designed in the style of a high-quality piece of furniture. The control panel with feeler bars and active haptic input as well as a rocker switch for gear selection adds some very modern flourishes. Besides the BMW Curved Display, the hexagonal steering wheel and frameless projector integration for the optional Head‑Up Display further add to the focused driving experience. There is a choice of three different trims for customising the interior.

    The automatic climate control system in the BMW iX comes with a nanofibre filter to purify the air and new touchscreen controls. The system intelligently combines interior ventilation and surface, seat and steering wheel heating to maximise the occupants’ sense of well-being. The optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with speakers integrated out of sight in the head restraints and a 4D Audio function using bass shakers in the front seats promises the ultimate sound experience.

    In addition to acoustic pedestrian protection, the BMW iX also features a specially composed drive sound, which adds to the thrill of the driving experience by providing authentic feedback in response to accelerator movements and speed. The BMW IconicSounds Electric function included as standard also allows new sound variants from a collaboration with film score composer Hans Zimmer to be added to the acoustic repertoire.

    Production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing using purely green power, monitored raw materials extraction, high proportion of natural and recycled materials.

    The BMW iX will be produced at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. Both the vehicle itself and the battery cells will be manufactured using green power across the board. The BMW Group procures the cobalt and lithium required for the high-voltage batteries from controlled sources in Australia and Morocco and delivers it to the battery cell manufacturers. The design principle for the electric motors allows the use of rare earth metals to be avoided in the drive system rotors. Added to which, the company sources aluminium produced using power from solar energy plants.

    A high proportion of secondary aluminium and reused plastic also contribute to the resource-efficient production of the BMW iX. Its interior uses FSC-certified wood, leather tanned with olive leaf extracts and other natural materials. Recycled fishing nets are among the raw materials used for the floor coverings and mats.

    BMW PRESS

  • 1 Jun 2021 12:30 PM | Anonymous


    MONTH IN REVIEW 

    Dear members

    May began with a bang, kicking off with our third birthday and presentation dinner and idrive launch at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne.

    Thank you to those who attended to help us celebrate another year of our club. We were also joined by two BMW Drivers Club NSW members and a brilliant guest speaker, Jacqui Cooper.

    All attendees also left with the new edition of idrive.  All members should all have theirs now, we hope you enjoy the read. 

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    On 8 May we had the fourth round of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship at Sandown with AROCA. It was great to see so many attend on such a beautiful, sunny day.  

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    On 11 May we held our May members meeting at Creative Custom Cars where Alan How showed us around his elaborate workshop and explained with great passion what they do there and how they restore the vehicles currently in their workshop.

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    On 14-16 May quite a few of our members raced at Phillip Island for round 3 of the E30 Racing Championship. 16 E30s were gridded up over the weekend for some sometimes slippery racing, with only a few small incidents happening.


    On the Sunday as part of National Motoring Heritage Day, Lawrence and Shaaron led a drive all the way from Geelong to Phillip Island to watch the E30 races on the hill at turn 12. 


    The members racing really appreciated the support of the members who came to watch on Sunday. We'll definitely do this again later in the year.

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    16 May was a busy day for some of our members.  Not only did we have Racing and the Motoring Heritage Day Drive, Graeme and Lawrence also attended the 2021 BMW Clubs Australia AGM. While at the AGM, one of our very own was awarded the 2021 BMW Clubs Australia Award of Excellence.  Congratulations to Jo Mawson for your achievement. We're all so proud to have you as part of our club.

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    On 23 a group of us attended Rob Roy Hillclimb for Round 5 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship and Round 2 of the Motorsport Australia Interclub Challenge and boy what a beautiful day this turned out to be.  Graeme Bell even walked away with a couple of trophies on the day!

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    Unfortunately we had to cancel our final event of the month, Cars & Coffee due to lockdown in Victoria.  We hope you are all keeping well during this time and urge you to reach out if there is anything we can do.

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    MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 600 MEMBERS

    Welcome to our new memberAnup Pokhrel,  Greg Bai Piper, Reinhold Schultz, Nadar Elgowhary, Peter Christopherson, Nick Page, Damian McVilly, Jay Pitrola, Dean Howarth, Nadine Byrne, John Byrne, Richard Giddings, Aaron Salkas, Nick Puccio, Cody Anderson, Hanwen Tian, David Read, James Cunningham, Simon Lee, Rebecca Kempton, Dennis Cacavas, Linda Cacavas and Daniel O'Callaghan. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

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    Don't forget to catch up with this month's update from our President, Graeme Bell here.

    THE MONTH AHEAD

    Here's what we've got planned in June:

    Tuesday, 8 June
    June Members Meeting at Makulu Vehicle Storage
    Let's all take some time to catch up, share what we've all been up to and chat about our plans for the rest of the year.  We'll be given a tour of the SouthernBM Classic Collection. We'll also be joined by Century Batteries who will be showing us some new products.


    Saturday-Monday, 12-13 June
    Whale Watching in Port Fairy Long Weekend Away
    We've been planning this one for over 12 months!  Join us for a weekend away to Port Fairy.


    Saturday, 19 June
    Sandown Driver Training and Come & Try Day

    Ever wanted to find out what it's like to get on track in a relaxed atmosphere without being surrounded by the seriousness of competition? Join us for our Sandown Driver Training and Come & Try Day to see what the fuss is all about!


    Sunday, 27 June
    Drive to Point Nepean National Park
    Starting with breakfast at Mornington BMW, we'll head off on a drive to Point Nepean National Park.  After we've had a chance to explore Point Nepean, we'll stop for a late lunch at the Pig & Whistle.

    Club members have also been invited to BMW Car Club Canberra's Merimbula Getaway and whale watching on 9-10 October, if anyone is interested in joining.


    Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for more events.

    COMPETITION TIME!

    Have you wanted to get on track but you're still not sure if it's for you?

    We're running a competition to award someone entry to our driver training come and try day, thanks to our friends at Makulu Vehicle Storage.

    If you're over 16, have limited experience in motorsport, have access to a track worthy vehicle and have the intention to continue with motorsport, we want to hear from you!

    To enter, email motorsport@bmwdcm.com.au with your name, residential address and tell us in 50 words or less "why you would be most deserving of the prize."

    Entries close at 5pm (AEST) 12/6/21. By entering, you agree to the terms and conditions, which are summarised and linked at the end of this newsletter.

    WELFARE OFFICERS WANTED

    We are looking for a Welfare Officer or Officers, whose role is to make sure everything we do as a club is for the good of all involved, and everyone in our club, whether at events or out in the community, is looked after emotionally at all times.

    If you'd like to read more about what we are looking for, how to get involved and why we're looking for Welfare Officer/s, please take a look at Graeme's presidents report here.

    Alternatively, you can contact  welfare@bmwdcm.com.au.


    NEWS & BLOG 

    Our Blog page on the website is constantly being updated with not just club news, but everything BMW from all around the world!  We welcome you to submit any articles of your own. 

    BECOMING AN OFFICIAL

    Call out to all motorsport officials!

    If you are a motorsport official, please email v.preseident@bmwdcm.com.au and officials@bmwdcm.com.au with your level of licence, licence number and expiry, WWC number and expiry and the area you like to work best as an official.  

    If you are looking to do any upgrade, please also let us know which discipline you are keen on training for.

    Bronze Scrutiny Training Course

    If any officials are looking to complete a Bronze Scrutiny training course, there is one coming up on 10 - 11 July at the MG Car Club.  Please contact our friends at VSAP at rally22@bigpond.net.au.

    CLASSIFIEDS

    Did you know we have a classifieds page

    Want to sell something?  Looking for a specific item?  Email us today to list your car/parts/anything BMW related!


    idrive magazine

    Everyone has their own BMW story - we'd love to share yours.

    Email us to feature in our very own idrive magazine.

    CLUB PARTNERS

    Members are welcome to submit their business to be shared on the Club Partners page on our website and idrive magazine. 

    We believe in supporting those who support us.  If you would like your business listed email us with your details.

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    As always - thanks for reading, we look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


    President | Graeme Bell 0407 186 296
    Vice President | 
    Jo Mawson 0412 661 900
    Secretary | 
    Lawrence Glynn 0414 563 290 
    Treasurer |
     
    Shaaron Glynn

    Proudly supported by:

    All Commercial/All Residential Real Estate
    Bell Motorsport

    Berwick BMW

    BM Tech

    Creative Custom Cars
    German Auto Haus

    Mornington BMW

    Shannons Insurance
    South Yarra BMW

    Southern BM

    Traction Tyres

    Waverley BMW

    Zagame Autobody


    COMPETITION TERMS: AU residents 16+ only, can take prize on 19/6/21, is a BMWDCM member & has a track worth vehicle (as determined by Promoter). If <18, get parent/guardian OK. Between 12.01am (AEST) 1/6/21 & 5pm (AEST) 12/6/21, email motorsport@bmwdcm.com.au & tell us in 50 words or less "why you would be most deserving of the prize".  Email must include full name & residential address. Max 1 entry per person. Prize: opportunity to attend the BMWDCM Come & Try & Driver Training event at Sandown Raceway on 19/6/21 ($300). Must claim prize by 5pm (AEST) 13/6/21. Winner told by email. See bmwdcm.com.au/terms for full conditions incl. privacy statement.  Promoter: BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc (Inc. no. A0102695G).


  • 31 May 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous


     


    Dear Members,

    May crept up on us with a bang, starting with our Third Birthday and Presentation Night and idrive launch at the Park Hyatt Melbourne and kicked off another very busy month.

    It was an amazing night, with so may members attending and dressing up in their finery. It was fantastic to see so many of you there, helping celebrate another year in the life of our wonderful club.  We had two members join us from BMW Drivers Club NSW and of course our fantastic guest speaker Jacqui Cooper.  Everyone left with a fresh new issue of our third edition of idrive, and boy it is another great addition to our collection. You should all have received your copy in the mail by now too and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you also to those of our sponsors who attended, it was great to see you out having so much fun.

    On 8 May we had Round 4 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship at Sandown with AROCA.  It was great to see so many attending this and the Championship ladder is looking great so far. It was a beautiful sunny day, and everyone enjoyed the day out on track. 

    On 11 May a large group of us attended our May meeting a Creative Custom Cars where Alan How showed us around his elaborate workshop and explained with great passion what they do there and how they restore the vehicles currently in their workshop. 

    On 14-16 May, we headed down to Philip Island where quite a few of our members were amongst the growing E30 Racing grid. 16 E30s were gridded up over the weekend for some sometimes slippery racing, with only a few small incidents happening and only one DNF (me) due to a broken rocker that we couldn’t fix between race two and three. It was great to see the club members coming to support the racing and joining us in the pits for a chat and taking part in the Motoring Heritage Day at the same time.

    On 16 May Lawrence and Shaaron led a drive all the way from Geelong down to Phillip Island for National Motoring Heritage Day, which was brilliant,and despite the arctic weather we had a great turnout and then they all displayed across from turn 12 to watch both the E30 races for the day.  It was so great to have the support of the members, we will definitely do this again as both competitors and spectators enjoyed the day.

    16 May was a busy day for some of us. Not only did we have Racing and the Motoring Heritage Day Drive and show, I also attended the 2021 BMW Clubs Australia AGM with Lawrence as an invited observer. This year the Clubs Australia AGM has been split into two parts. The first part was via Zoom, on 16 May, largely to get the government requirements out of the way for the year, have elections of the executive and also to make a few announcements to delegates and keep us informed about goings on Nationally and Internationally in the BMW Club World.

    One of these announcements was the 2021 BMW Clubs Australia Award of Excellence. Each year the executive of Clubs Australia call for nominations for this prestigious award and last year I put together a nomination for one of our members. Someone that works tirelessly for all of us, is the backbone of the club and spends her days doing everything she can to make the Club such a wonderful place for all of us. The 2021 winner of the BMW Award of Excellence is none other than our very own Jo Mawson. She was very surprised that not only could I nominate her without her knowing, but also receive the trophies and get them down to Phillip Island, so I could award it to her during the Zoom meeting. Quite amazingly, for once,  Jo was speechless! Jo is a very deserving recipient of the Award and deserves to be acknowledged for everything she does for us and the club.

    On 23 May a group of us attended Rob Roy Hillclimb for Round 5 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship and Round 2 of the Motorsport Australia Interclub Challenge and boy what a beautiful day this turned out to be.  Freezing on the drive up with my frost warning coming on as I dipped into the valleys, but the day turned out to be tremendous with again several of our members attending to support those who competed.  I even walked away with a couple of trophies on the day, although one was for the last Hillclimb there.

    We were supposed to finish the month with a coffee & cars day in Beaumaris but unfortunately, we have been placed into lockdown version 4 for 7 days and this has been postponed.  It was due to be a great day with over 60 registered and we were going to be supporting one of our club members Christopher George who is the owner of Flavours Patisserie.  Chris owns three patisseries, Black Rock Beaumaris, and Parkdale.  If you are in the area, be sure to pop in and let him know you are a club member, grab a takeaway coffee and pastry and we will run the event as soon as we can get back out again. Hopefully lockdown V4 won’t go longer than 7 days and we can get back to ‘normal’ again soon.

    Now we are back in lockdown again, we are not sure what will be happening in June, it will depend on what restrictions remain after this week, but all going well we will be joining Makulu Storage Facility for our June members meeting on 8 June and we will be joined by the boys from Century Batteries for a quick chat and they will also be supplying some great door prizes. 

    12 - 14 June is our Queen’s Birthday long weekend Whale Watching Weekend.  There are still spots available for this weekend, if you are wanting to attend you will need to make sure you can get accommodation, as I know rooms were selling very quickly. We're looking forward to getting out in the countryside again, our last few trips away with the Club were awesome. With great driving roads and a fantastic bunch of friends enjoying our time together. 

    19 June will be our first Come & Try/Driver Training Day for 2021. Run by BMWDCM at Sandown, this is a great event to get out and learn some track techniques, get someone in the car with you for some instruction, no matter what level, or just give your car a decent squirt, without the law sending you a pretty picture for your trouble. If in fact you are thinking about whether or not you should enter, just remember, it is the only safe place to put your foot down and you can do it all day for less than the cost of one little slip up on the road! 

    27 June will be our June drive heading from Mornington BMW down to Point Nepean, where you will be able to wonder around and take in some of the historic buildings and then lunch is at the Pig and Whistle at 2pm. 

    Further on in the calendar we have Christmas in July on 24 July and this is always a fun event, with members dressing up in festive costumes and as usual there will be great prizes to giveaway for the best Christmas costumes. 

    Our Major trip away this year is our drive Tour of Tasmania and so far, we have had a great response.  Get your registrations in early and if you are wanting to make progress payments, we have that option too. We really love getting down to Tassie and enjoying the roads and scenery and with a great bunch of people with us, it will be epic. Don’t miss out on it!

    Hopefully, this lockdown is only 7 days so please don’t despair, we will be back out doing what we love again soon and remember we are only a phone call away and if you do know someone who you think may have problems being isolated, give them a call, they would really appreciate that.

    In this light, we have decided to appoint a new position or role within the club.

    Firstly, we have decided we should have a Welfare Officer or Team, whose role is to make sure everything we do as a club is for the good of all involved, and everyone in our club, whether at events or out in the community, is looked after emotionally at all times. If you are concerned about anything we do or anything we don’t do, please let me know. Once we appoint someone to the role, we will let you know who it will be. Similarly, if you think you would like to be considered for the role also let me know.

    The second reason we think it is a good idea is, whilst we don’t and aren’t a religious group and we don’t wish to become one or to push any particular religion or faith over any other, sometimes it is nice to have someone to talk to, to offer guidance or even meaning at times of hardness or even to give thanks to what ever you believe in and if we have someone in that role, we can call on them for help when needed. Personally, I am not religious, but I have had occasion in life to turn to someone for answers or strength and it has been a Chaplain that has been there to listen and offer words of wisdom that kept me going or reassured me everything will be ok. I’d like to know what you think too, let me know what you think of this, we are a growing community and for a lot of us our club is more than just a club, it is a family, and a family offers support to its members, both physically and emotionally.

    Our first thought was to appoint a single person, but we feel this would be better served by a small group of people that can listen to you, help you or support you if you need it. This Welfare Team will be made up of both women and men and be available anytime you need support. Again, if you would like to be included or indeed need some help or support, please let me or one of us know. Only too happy to chat to anyone about anything. I have set up an email address welfare@bmwdcm.com.au, use it if you need it. Of course, anything you discuss with anyone on our welfare team will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and respect.

    Speaking of memberships and our growing family, we have this week reached yet another milestone. We currently have 600 members! Totally amazing! I am lost for words every time I think about how this club has grown and how fantastic it is to have so many like-minded friends joining us on our journey and enjoying the Club we have all built together. Thank you all for joining us and welcome to those new members that have joined recently. I know you will enjoy the atmosphere and events we create and the friendships we foster amongst us. We are a family, and we love that you have joined us, so again, welcome.

    Again, we will wait for the Government to decide what we are allowed to do, going forward, or when we will get back out, so keep an eye on the emails and facebook for updates as to our future events. At the moment, this weekend is postponed but we will let you know if anything else is affected.

    Don’t forget, we have Club logo, triple layer face masks and also neck warmers if you haven’t got one or can’t find what you did with yours. All available in our store, with all the other great Club Merchandise. Our new Club Umbrellas are on the way too, so we will have them in stock soon too. Go and check out what is available here.

    Take care everyone, stay safe, stay home, get a vaccination, and we’ll see you out somewhere soon.

    Graeme Bell | President
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

    P.O. Box 81, TYABB   VIC   3913
    Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
    Motorsport Australia Affiliated Motorsport Club

  • 30 May 2021 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    Each year the Executive of BMW Clubs Australia call for nominations for this prestigious award.

    It is awarded to a Club member that has excelled in club life and goes beyond what is asked of any member for the good or benefit of the club and its members. It is not awarded every year and is only awarded to someone that truly deserves it.

    Last year I put together a nomination for one of our members. Someone that works tirelessly for all of us, is the backbone of the club and spends her days doing everything she can to make the club such a wonderful place for all of us.

    The Executive of Clubs Australia agreed and awarded the 2021 BMW Clubs Australia Award of Excellence to none other than our very own Jo Mawson.

    She was very surprised that not only could I nominate her without her knowing, but also receive the trophies and get them down to Phillip Is so I could award it to her during the Zoom meeting that was part 1 of the 2021 BMW Clubs Australia AGM.

    Quite amazingly, for once,  Jo was speechless! When we called her in in the middle of the Zoom AGM she had no idea why and was totally lost for words. Anyone that knows Jo, will find this hard to believe, but for once Jo didn’t know what to say, other than thank you, she is very honoured and humbled that Clubs Australia have awarded her such a distinction.

    Jo is a very deserving recipient of the Award and deserves to be acknowledged for everything she does for us and the club. I am very proud that she was awarded the Award of Excellence, it is quite an honour and very well deserved.

    Graeme Bell | Member #1
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 28 May 2021 3:51 PM | Anonymous


  • 26 May 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 11 May 2021

    As a new member of BMWDCM I was looking forward to attending my first event which just happened to be the monthly meeting to be held at Creative Custom Cars in Dromana. Arriving just in time for the start of the evening and making my way into the welcoming foyer at Creative Custom Cars, I had the chance to meet a couple of other members before Alan How the owner of Creative Custom Cars welcomed our club to his workshop.

    As Alan began to give an overview of the business operations I quickly realised this was no average workshop, I could see into operating theatre from the foyer where there was many interesting cars.

    It just so happened that on this evening there was 2 BMW's in his workshop undergoing complete nut and bolt no expense spared restorations one was a BMW M3 E30 and a 3.0 CSL which was the star of the show and had just been completed.

    Alan explained when they carry out restorations that are to be returned to original specs if they don't have all the details supplied by the customer they then carry out extensive research to ensure originality. It was great to see the attention to detail on the cars amazing paint jobs and bodywork thanks to the in house fabrication and paint shop.

    Creative Customs can also restore a part off your car when you not requiring a full restoration.

    The photo of the 3.0CSL does not do it justice this car really looked amazing. 

    Thanks to Alan for having us at his workshop and hopefully we can visit it again in the future it really was a very interesting evening. 

    Andrew Cross | Member #694
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 26 May 2021 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    BMW Group continues to expand manufacturing capacity at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing +++ E-drive trains for 500,000 electrified vehicles per year from 2022 +++ Extensive in-house drive train expertise: Start of production for fifth-generation high-voltage batteries in Germany +++ Successful transformation to e-drive train production

    • MW Group continues to expand manufacturing capacity at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing
    • E-drive trains for 500,000 electrified vehicles per year from 2022
    • Extensive in-house drive train expertise: Start of production for fifth-generation high-voltage batteries in Germany
    • Successful transformation to e-drive train production

    Production of fifth-generation high-voltage batteries and battery modules for use in the BMW iX* and BMW i4 is now underway at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing. At the same time, the company is also increasing production capacity for its fifth-generation electric motor, which has been built in Dingolfing for the BMW iX3* since 2020 and will also power the BMW iX* and BMW i4. “We expect at least 50 percent of the vehicles we deliver to our customers worldwide to be electrified by 2030. To achieve this, we are relying on our extensive in-house drive train expertise: We are increasing capacity at existing drive train production locations – like here in Dingolfing – and developing capabilities at others – like recently in Regensburg and Leipzig,” explained Dr Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President, Production Engines and E-Drives, BMW Group.

    The BMW Group is investing more than 500 million euros in expanding production capacity for e-drives at its Dingolfing location alone between 2020 and 2022. From 2022, it will produce e-drives for more than half a million electrified vehicles. The BMW Group will invest a total of around 790 million euros in expanding capacity for electric powertrain components at its Dingolfing, Leipzig, Regensburg and Steyr locations between 2020 and 2022.

    Standard production of the BMW iX* will soon get underway at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, followed by production of the BMW i4 at Plant Munich in the autumn. The highly integrated e-drives and high-voltage batteries for these vehicles will all be manufactured at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing. The BMW Group already began producing battery components at Plants Regensburg and Leipzig in April and May 2021. In line with growing demand for e-drives, BMW Group Plants Landshut and Steyr are also stepping up production of e-drive housings.

    Production of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology

    The output and energy content of drive units and high-voltage batteries with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology can be flexibly scaled. This means they can be optimally adjusted to suit different model variants.

    Each vehicle uses up to two highly integrated e-drives, which combine the electric motor, power electronics and transmission in a single housing. Based on the design principle of a current-excited rotor, the fifth-generation e-drive does not require any materials classified as rare-earth metals.

    BMW eDrive technology also comprises a high-voltage battery with state-of-the-art battery cell technology. The BMW Group agreed with its suppliers that they will only use renewable green power for producing fifth-generation battery cells. The entire high-voltage battery boasts outstanding qualities in the areas of performance, charging and discharging characteristics, durability and safety. The technically standardised production process for battery modules has been further developed in such a way that different module variants can be produced on the same production line – in line with the growing range of electrified vehicle models and performance levels. The production systems are highly flexible and scalable. Battery modules are produced from supplied prismatic battery cells at the respective BMW Group production location. A modular system developed in-house allows model-specific high-voltage batteries to be manufactured from these modules in a flexible arrangement.

    The company has outstanding expertise and experience, both in the field of battery cell technology and in production of model-specific high-voltage batteries. The BMW Group conducts basic research in the fields of cell chemistry and cell design at its own Battery Cell Competence Centre. The BMW Group also produces battery cell prototypes itself. These battery cell prototypes are used in tests to validate the development maturity of battery cells and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the production processes. In addition, the prototype production of the battery cells serves the identification of process potentials as well as the optimization of the production processes. In this way, the BMW Group gains a thorough understanding of the entire battery cell value chain and the decisive competitive advantages its chemical and technical properties offer. This enables battery cells to be manufactured to precise specifications that are geared towards each vehicle’s individual requirements.

    Competence Centre for E-Drive Production

    Following extensive expansion, the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production now provides a usable area of 125,000 sq. m. This is where the company manufactures electric motors and the components needed for them, as well as high-voltage batteries and battery modules. A paint coating is also applied to the battery cells at this location. The coating increases mechanical robustness and thermal conductivity, thereby improving insulation and cooling of the even more powerful fifth-generation battery cells.

    Plant Dingolfing has been manufacturing standard high-voltage batteries and battery modules since 2013, when the BMW Group's first all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3*, went into production. The first production lines for electric motors and high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrids went on-stream there in 2014. The Competence Centre for E-Drive Production has been steadily growing ever since. The plant has also been producing high-voltage batteries for the fully electric MINI Cooper SE* since 2019 and, since 2020, also the highly integrated fifth-generation e-drive used for the first time in the BMW iX3*. Production of the even more powerful high-voltage batteries for the BMW iX* and BMW i4 is now getting underway. E-drives for future models can also be produced on the flexible production lines.

    Qualification for long-term, sustainable jobs

    With the BMW Group systematically pursuing progress in electromobility, the demands on employees and their areas of responsibility are also constantly evolving. “We are growing our staff for e-drive production almost exclusively through personnel restructuring. We are actively shaping the transformation process and leveraging our employees’ skills so we can develop long-term sustainable jobs,” explains Nikolaides.

    The Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing currently has almost 1,400 employees. By the end of 2021, around 1,900 employees are expected to work in e-drive production in Dingolfing.

    Production employees receive further training at the in-house learning centre, which uses innovative vocational training and further education methods to provide employees with intensive preparation for their new tasks. Employees’ knowledge and skills are being expanded specifically to include new electromobility technologies, with a training concept that is constantly updated. The training sessions are held in the classroom, at practice workstations and directly on the production lines. Digital methods and augmented reality play a bigger role here than ever before. Thanks to these methods, the training courses were also able to continue safely during the coronavirus pandemic, in compliance with health and safety measures.

    “The learning centre takes a holistic approach that supports employees throughout their professional development and further education, from their first day in production,” reports Dr Sven Jochmann, head of Production E-Drives Dingolfing, Landshut, Regensburg, Leipzig. “As well as trainers and managers, new colleagues are also supported by trained mentors who help them quickly find their way around their new working environment,” adds Jochmann. 

    Transformation of the Dingolfing location

    The Dingolfing location is a prime example of the successful transformation of the BMW Group plants towards e-mobility and digitalisation. E-drive production, including electric motors and high-voltage batteries, is located in an existing, roughly 50-year-old building at the site, rather than using new space. The infrastructure was adapted to the new requirements and expanded accordingly. A modern staff restaurant seats 300 and there is also a new parking deck with space for 800 vehicles. The structural measures are rounded out by a 25,000 sq. m. logistics hall, new office spaces and social rooms close to the production area, as well as an additional plant gate in the south for improved logistics flows.

    On the issue of sustainability, the BMW Group takes a holistic approach to reducing CO2 emissions and minimising resource consumption that covers the entire value chain, including in-house production, the supply chain and use phase. In Dingolfing, as at all BMW Group locations, production uses only green power. In addition, all BMW Group locations have been net carbon neutral since this year, through corresponding offsets and certificates. The company is also using many other levers: from building technology to energy-efficient installations to increased use of renewable energies. Electric trucks will be used for intra-company goods transport at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production from the autumn. 

    2030: At least 50 percent of global BMW Group sales will be fully electric

    The BMW Group continues its massive electromobility ramp-up: The company will offer five fully-electric models by the end of this year: the BMW i3*, the MINI Cooper SE* and the BMW iX3*, as well as the two main innovation flagships, the BMW iX* and BMW i4.

    Between now and 2025, the BMW Group will increase its sales of fully-electric models by an average of well over 50 percent per year – more than ten times the number of units sold in 2020. Based on its current market forecast, the company also expects at least 50 percent of its global sales to come from fully-electric vehicles in 2030. In total, over the next ten years or so, the BMW Group will be releasing about ten million fully-electric vehicles onto the roads.

    Global e-drive production network with a focus in Germany

    The high-voltage batteries and battery components needed for all BMW and MINI electrified vehicles come from the company’s own battery factories in Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg in Germany, as well as from Spartanburg (USA) and Shenyang (China). The BMW Group has also localised production of high-voltage batteries in Thailand, at its Rayong plant, and is working with the Dräxlmaier Group for this. Munich is home to the e-drive pilot plant and the Battery Cell Competence Centre, where the BMW Group is conducting a full analysis of battery cell value creation processes and advancing technology for its production processes.

    The company produces electric motors at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and at BMW Group Plant Landshut. BMW Group Plant Steyr builds the housing for the highly integrated fifth-generation e-drive.

    BMW PRESS

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