BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 20 May 2022 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, BMW M GmbH is presenting a special-edition car based on its successful high-performance models in the premium midsize segment. The new BMW M4 CSL blends old-school racing passion with innovative technology to create an inimitable performance experience.

    With its next-level power and intelligent lightweight design, two-seater configuration, model-specific chassis upgrades and equipment features selected specially for the job at hand, the new BMW M4 CSL has track driving as its raison d’être. The genes the M4 CSL shares with its competition-spec sibling, the BMW M4 GT3, are also reflected in its performance attributes. In test runs on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, the BMW M4 CSL posted the fastest lap times ever for a series-produced BMW car. On the version of the track traditionally used for comparison purposes – which is 20.600 kilometres / 12.8 miles in length and doesn’t include the straight at section T13 – it stopped the clock at 7 min. 15.677 sec. Its official and notarised lap time for the 20.832-kilometres / 12.943-mile circuit (the complete lap) was 7 min. 20.207 sec. Acceleration figures of 3.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and 10.7 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) are similarly impressive.

    “Competition, Sport, Lightweight”: a recipe with a rich tradition.

    The stripped-back racing character of the BMW M4 CSL is underpinned by a time-honoured concept that harnesses cutting-edge development expertise and the latest technology to create an enthralling end result. “CSL” stands for “Competition, Sport, Lightweight”, referencing the critical role of weight-minimised design in achieving success in motor sport. The BMW 3.0 CSL developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH according to this same principle won the European Touring Car Championship at the first attempt in 1973. And the M4 CSL is also following in the tyre tracks of successful special-edition models from earlier generations of the BMW M3/M4, most notably the legendary BMW M3 CSL from 2003 and the BMW M4 GTS unveiled in 2016.

    For BMW M GmbH, the world premiere of the new BMW M4 CSL at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (20 – 22 May 2022) will be one of the highlights of its 50th anniversary year. Production of the special-edition model will begin – in a limited run of exactly 1,000 examples – at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in July 2022.

    Present and correct in the fundamentals and the details: intelligent lightweight design in the BMW M4 CSL.

    Its talent for innovation and racing-car know-how enabled BMW M GmbH to restrict the special edition’s DIN kerb weight to 1,625 kilograms. A standout power-to-weight ratio of 2.95 kilograms per hp (4.01 kg/kW) provides the ideal platform for a dynamically sublime driving experience.

    Fitting M Carbon full bucket seats reduced weight by around 24 kilograms on its own compared with the standard seats fitted in the BMW M4 Competition Coupé. 21 kilograms were saved by removing the rear seats and seat belts, integrating a partition and making the associated modifications to the luggage compartment. And chassis changes, including the addition of extra-lightweight M Carbon ceramic brakes and special light-alloy wheels, springs and struts, lowered the figure by around another 21 kilograms. Paring back the amount of soundproofing plus switching to ultra-lightweight sound insulation saved around 15 kilograms, while the use of components made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) deducted some eleven kilograms. For example, in addition to its CFRP roof, the bonnet and boot lid of the BMW M4 CSL are also hewn from this lightweight high-tech material, as is its centre console. And a titanium rear silencer cuts more than four kilograms from the weight of the exhaust system. Detail modifications to areas such as the BMW kidney grille, rear lights, floor mats and automatic climate control shave off another four kilograms.

    Exclusive exterior paint finish, model-specific design features.

    The body of the BMW M4 CSL is painted in the exclusive Frozen Brooklyn Grey metallic as standard. This exterior shade teams up with exposed carbon-fibre surfaces and red accents to create a visually expressive appearance of sporting purity. Alternatively, customers can specify their new M4 CSL in Alpine White solid or Sapphire Black metallic.

    The carbon-fibre structure of the body components is visible in various areas, including the two chiselled indents in the bonnet. The surfaces of the indents – which are not painted in body colour – are highlighted additionally by red outlines. Red accent lines also bring extra emphasis to the two fins on the CFRP roof of the new BMW M4 CSL, the contours of its side sills, the black model badges, and the model-specific CFRP splitters and air curtain inserts in the front apron.

    BMW Laserlight: yellow headlights and innovative rear lights.

    The optionally available BMW Laserlight headlights bring another head-turning accent to the front end of the new BMW M4 CSL. Both in the welcome effect triggered when unlocking the doors and when the low and high beam are switched on, these headlights illuminate in yellow rather than white, bringing to mind the look of successful GT racing cars.

    The LED rear lights of the new BMW M4 CSL are equipped as standard with technology making its debut in a series-produced car. Their glass covers have intricate light threads woven into them which are illuminated using laser technology, bringing a vibrant structure to the surface of the lights. This creates a highly distinctive light signature that is recognisable from a long distance during the hours of darkness.

    Six-cylinder in-line engine with race-focused character.

    The model-specific power unit of the BMW M4 CSL is based on the same high-revving, six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology found in the BMW M4 GT3 racing car. Its substantial performance reserves enabled a major hike in power without having to make any concessions in terms of stability or durability. Key to this power boost was an increase in the maximum charge pressure of the two mono-scroll turbochargers from 1.7 bar to 2.1 bar and model-specific tweaks to the engine management. The BMW M4 CSL’s engine develops peak torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) between 2,750 and 5,950 rpm. Its maximum output of 405 kW/550 hp is produced at 6,250 rpm.

    The race-derived design of the 3.0-litre engine is focused squarely on high revs and maximum power development. The crankcase’s sleeve-free, closed-deck construction helps to make it extremely rigid, while the forged lightweight crankshaft allows it to handle extremely high levels of torque. Another special M-specific feature is the cylinder head core made using 3D printing techniques.

    Both the cooling and oil supply systems are designed to handle the particular challenges presented by track driving. The twin-tailpipe exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps and weight-minimised titanium rear silencer additionally generates a racing-car-inspired, emotionally engaging engine note created especially for the new BMW M4 CSL.

    The drive torque produced by the engine is relayed to the rear wheels of the new BMW M4 CSL via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Model-specific mountings for the engine and transmission ensure the engine’s power is translated into dynamic performance in exceptionally rapid and direct fashion. The firmer connection of the engine and transmission to the car’s structure is clearly perceptible, especially under hard driving.

    Optimised body rigidity, model-specific chassis technology.

    Like the engine in the new BMW M4 CSL, its chassis technology benefits from a wealth of detail upgrades – which have been tailored to the power unit’s performance characteristics. These modifications also factor in the substantial reduction in vehicle weight at play here and the model-specific improvements to body rigidity, allowing the blend of handling agility, dynamism and precision for which BMW M cars are renowned to be taken to new heights.

    In the engine compartment, a composition of front-end strut braces developed entirely from scratch raises the body rigidity of the new BMW M4 CSL up another level. Using numerical models, the geometry of the cast aluminium elements between the spring strut towers and the front end has been adapted precisely to the forces exerted in different driving situations.

    The individually tuned axle kinematics and model-specific wheel camber settings, dampers, auxiliary springs and anti-roll bars optimise steering precision, transmission of lateral control forces when cornering, spring and damping response, and wheel location. The model-specific wheel suspension is accompanied by a drop in ride height of eight millimetres compared with the BMW M4 Competition Coupé. Also to be found on the standard equipment list for the special-edition model are adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable ratio and M Carbon ceramic brakes. An M-specific version of the integrated braking system offers the driver excellent pedal feel even when pushing the dynamic limits and in adverse road conditions.

    M Traction Control optimised for the track.

    The standard-fitted M Traction Control function with model-specific track tuning lets the driver set individual intervention thresholds for wheel slip limitation. On dry surfaces, stages 1 to 5 of M Traction Control help the driver to execute controlled drifts. Stages 6 to 10 are based on the application developed for touring car racers and make allowance for both surface conditions and tyre temperature to maximise traction and directional stability.

    Also specified as standard are forged M light-alloy wheels in an exclusive cross-spoke design (19 inches at the front axle and 20 inches at the rear). These are fitted with high-performance tyres specially developed for the special-edition model in size 275/35 ZR19 (front) and 285/30 ZR20 (rear).

    Equipment designed to provide a race-car feeling and everyday usability.

    Model-specific equipment features give the BMW M4 CSL a distinctive balance between sports car purism, unrestricted everyday usability and exclusive premium substance. The M Carbon full bucket seats for the driver and co-driver are marked out by their self-supporting CFRP structure and purposeful rejection of comfort-enhancing features. They have a fixed backrest angle, forward/back adjustments can be made manually, and the seat height can only be adjusted in a workshop using a three-stage screw linkage. The M Carbon full bucket seats also have detachable head restraints and allow the integration of a six-point belt system.

    The M Alcantara steering wheel, anthracite-coloured headliner, Carbon Fibre interior trim strips, “CSL” badges on the seats, centre console and rear panel, plus M-specific displays also help to create the perfect on-board setting for concentrated driving pleasure. Merino leather trim with extended features and M seat belts are also standard. Two helmet storage units can be found in the rear compartment.

    The M-specific control/operation system includes the M Setup button for direct access to numerous vehicle settings and two M buttons on the steering wheel for storing preferred configurations. Standard equipment also features the M Drive Professional system including M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer, plus the M Mode button for activating the ROAD, SPORT and TRACK settings.

    The likewise standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional comprises a fully digital screen grouping made up of an instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch screen diagonal behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch control display. Among its functions are the navigation system BMW Maps, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, smartphone integration, telephony with wireless charging and a Wi-Fi interface. The BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific elements and the BMW Drive Recorder can be ordered from the options list.

    The range of comfort-enhancing features and driver assistance systems fitted in the BMW M4 CSL are focused on the essentials, in keeping with its intelligent lightweight design approach and puristic vehicle concept. Standard specification includes automatic climate control, Park Distance Control, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info. Two-zone automatic climate control, an alarm, and the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant systems are available as options.


    See The M4 CSL Set Nurburgring Lap Record For Production BMWs here.

  • 18 May 2022 8:02 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 13-15 May 2022

    Similar to the famed sign on the Hollywood Hills, the sight of the big letters MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST never fails to excite when I arrive at this very special racetrack. For a fan of the 12 Hour race (usually held in February), it’s unusual to see the letters surrounded by fog, but things are being done a bit differently this year.

    On Saturday, I alternated between enjoying the comfort of the corporate box (including the endless food and drink served by our wonderful waiters), wandering around the GT3 pit garages, and watching the on-track action from various points along Conrod Straight. In the morning, we had several GT3 practice sessions, a weird and wonderful bunch of production cars in the Combined Sedans races, and the feisty little Aussie Racing cars. Ex-V8 Supercars driver Garth Tander did an interview in our corporate box. Garth just happened to be walking past when someone asked me if Garth was racing at this event. I said to them “he’s only commentating, but he probably brought his racing suit along just in case”, then Garth looked over and said “you bet I did!”.

    Saturday afternoon was the qualifying session, with the order being shaken up by several top teams occupied with major repairs and the fascinating comparison between the international GT3 pros and the local drivers with more experience at this track. Sadly there were no BMWs to cheer for this year, so I pinned my hopes on locals Chaz Mostert (who drove for BMW here in 2017-2020) and Shane van Gisbergen. Qualifying finished with a brilliant Top Ten shootout, where Chaz Mostert clinched pole position right in the dying seconds of the session.

    Sunday morning started off with a grid walk, as we got up close and personal with the crazy machines (and their drivers) who were about to race flat-out in the darkness and fog. There was much talk of the first few hours being stuck behind the safety car due to the fog, but thankfully the proper racing was able to start after a few laps. During the race, I also checked out the various other attractions, such as the Shannon’s cars and coffee display, the racing car simulator and the bus to the top of the mountain (all carefully timed between the numerous meals served in our suite, of course!). It always amazes me that this international racetrack most of the time is actually just a country road, with the end of someone’s driveway separated from a pack of GT3 racing cars by just a temporary barrier. At around 5pm, after 12 hours of racing, we congregated to the rooftop area to cheer the winning SunEnergy1 Mercedes as it crossed the finish line. Then it was down onto the track to watch the podium presentation

    After all of the lockdowns etc, I was so excited when it was announced that the Bathurst 12 Hour was back on. It turned out to be a wonderful weekend, and I’m already looking forward to going back next February for the 2023 race.

    Simon de Lisle | Member #430
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 18 May 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The return of motorcycle endurance racing to Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). The 24H SPA EWC Motos from 2nd to 5th June marks the second event of the season in the FIM EWC 2022 and are also the home race for the team headed by Team Manager Werner Daemen. In preparation for the 24-hour race, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team took part in two days of testing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Tuesday and Wednesday - and set new lap records on both days.

    On the first weekend in June there is another highlight in store for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC): the return of motorcycle endurance racing to Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). The 24H SPA EWC Motos from 2nd to 5th June marks the second event of the season in the FIM EWC 2022 and are also the home race for the team headed by Team Manager Werner Daemen.

    In preparation for the 24-hour race, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team took part in two days of testing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Tuesday and Wednesday. The team, with riders Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Jérémy Guarnoni and Kenny Foray (both FRA), worked on various electronics and chassis solutions for the #37 BMW M 1000 RR and completed some comprehensive tyre tests. The riders also had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the circuit.

    Overall, the testing was successful - and the riders were able to prove just how fast the #37 BMW M 1000 RR can go. On both days, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team not only set the fastest times but also new lap records; on Tuesday with a time of 2:20.887 minutes  and on Wednesday with 2:20.344 minutes. Both times were set by Reiterberger.

    Reactions to testing at Spa-Francorchamps.

    Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team: “The test went really well. We set the overall fastest lap time and also the average speed was really good. We tested a lot with tyres, brakes and everything and to be honest, it looks good. But now we have to make the same in the race. The race pace was good. We had very hot weather, it even was a bit too hot for our bike, but that’s okay. It was a good preparation for the race.”

    Markus Reiterberger: “That was some excellent testing, with fastest times and new lap records. I felt really good from the very first lap. We completed a comprehensive testing schedule. However, the circuit is challenging and provides so many variants and lines that we riders had to get used to it all first. We improved lap by lap, and at the end of day one I was able to post a new lap record with 2:20.887 minutes. We then did even better than that on the second day. I am very happy, particularly because my pace on used race tyres was very good. The team did a fantastic job. I am certainly feeling very confident. The circuit is superb, our motivation knows no limits and we are all set for the race.”

    Ilya Mikhalchik: “The test was quite okay. Actually, I did not have my best feeling on the bike because I still don’t know the track 100 per cent and need a few more laps and more time on this track, but we will have the time for that during free practice in the race week. Overall, the team did a good job. The bike is really good and now I am looking forward to the race. Let’s fight for a top result and enjoy this beautiful circuit!”

    Jérémy Guarnoni: “For me, it was the first time riding at the Spa circuit and it was a great experience. The track is really nice, completely amazing, but it is not easy to get fast. I am quite happy with the lap time I did and of course I still can improve a lot. The bike was really good, especially for a stint and also the tyres worked really well. So we will try to further improve in the race and give our best.”

    Kenny Foray: “For me, it was a short test but I was happy to ride here because it is always great to ride at Spa. The bike is ready, everything is ready, so now I hope that the team can get a good result in the race.”


  • 10 May 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Month in review.

    Dear members,

    What a busy month April was!  To go with it, we had some beautiful autumn weather before the cold really started to arrive.

    On 2 April we kicked off the month with ouInternational Women’s Day at Broadford, supported by Makulu Vehicle Storage who donated an encouragement award, which went to Stephen Wesson for most improved on the day.  We had quite a few new drivers attend, who were all supported by many officials from the VFT and BMWDCM teams.  Thank you to the volunteers and instructors who attended! Thanks to you many members had a fantastic day.


    On 6 April we had 20 BMWs bump into the Australian Grand Prix for our annual display.  It was so great to be able to do this after two years of no Formula 1 in Melbourne.  We had a fantastic cross section of age and class of cars, giving the public a really great display to admire.  We were placed next to E30 Racing so with 10 E30 race cars, we put on a great show.


    On 12 April we held our April members meeting at one of our members private collections.  It was a real honour to be able to share Malcolm's eclectic collection with our members. Thanks very much to Malcolm for having us! 


    Over Easter, we held our annual Good Friday display in support of the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal.  Thanks very much to Christopher George from Flavours Patisserie who opened up for us to enjoy your coffee and treats.

    We then had a great selection of cars attend the Flinders Motoring Heritage Display.  Despite the very windy conditions, we had a great day in support of the Flinders Lyons Club who raised over $40,000.


    Over ANZAC weekend, a group of members went away for a trip to Lakes Entrance.  Jo had planned so many fun activities for us, including a trip to the Buchan Caves, a private boat cruise for lunch, dolphin watching and a dawn service on ANZAC morning.


    We finished our month with our birthday and annual presentation dinner at the Park Royal, Monash.  Our theme was famous people from the past or the silver screen.  It was so much fun and great to see so many people dress up on the night! We also raised $640 for The Smith Family through the sale of raffle tickets, with many people walking away with prizes on the night. 



    Welcome to our new memberBrian Randall, Mert Tetik, Clive Meaby, Will Hughes, Mark Walsh, Rex Xu, Aaron Schramm, Simon Withington, Nilojan Tharmarajah, Georgia Suttie, Brent Young, Chris Liu, Jennifer Rose, Robert Wilson, Neil Searle, Mitchell Bergman, Anthony Corsetti, Jenny Guice, Graham Annells and Jessie Keogh. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


    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 May:

    Tuesday, 10 May
    May Members Meeting - Adex Detailing
    Join us this evening for a fun and informative night with club sponsor, Adex Detailing.

    Thursday, 12 May - Monday, 16 May
    Bathurst 12 Hour
    Finally, our annual trip to the Bathurst 12 Hour returns!  We hope those who are attending have a fantastic time.

    Sunday, 15 May
    National Motoring Heritage Day Drive to Phillip Island
    Join us for a drive in a progressive convoy to Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, put our cars on display and watch some racing.  Many of our members will be competing in the E30 Racing Championship.

    Sunday, 15 May
    Mailing Road, Autoclassico
    This event will focuses on displaying classic, historic, and modern exotics consistent with the unique characteristics of the event.

    Sunday, 22 May
    Otway Fly Drive
    We're going to drive to the top of the trees! A day out, for all the family. Starting from the services on the Geelong Ring Road we'll drive for approximately 1.5 hours through part of the splendour which is the Otway Forest to the Otway Fly arriving at about 11:45am.

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    Taking this option means you are not required to get a physical signature and is quicker for you and easier for us.  Instead of us signing the renewal form, we sign a Club Endorsement Form, which you send to us by email. This can be done any time after you receive the renewal reminder.

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    • 8 May 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous

      Dear members,

      Apologies for this report being so late but April and May are so jammed packed and I have just been so busy with work, club stuff and life in general.

      What a beautiful month we have just had though, with amazing Autumn weather throughout April, you just wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, would you? And with so many events to choose from there is something for everyone.

      2 April, was our International Women’s Day at Broadford, supported by Makulu Vehicle Storage who donated an encouragement award, which went to Stephen Wesson for Most Improved on the day.  This event, like all our come and try days, was well supported with officials from VFT and BMWDCM and we had a fabulous turn out of new and more experience drivers.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make these days work so well and also to all the instructors who spent the day helping our new inexperienced drivers get so much out of their day.

      On 6 April we had 20 BMWs bump into the Australian Grand Prix Display, which was so great to be able to do this after 2 years of lockdown.  We had a fantastic cross section of age and class of cars, giving the public a really great display to admire.  We were placed next to E30 Racing, so with 10 of their cars, this really did make a great exhibit. We had so many people come and talk to us about both clubs and had a few new members join from seeing us there, so welcome to those new members.

      Jo and I also attended the BMW Clubs Australia AGM in Melbourne so we were busy trying to be present at both events.  Unfortunately Sunday’s meeting ran late so we were unable to get to the track to watch the race but we did have a large TV screen available to watch it on.

      Being an Official BMW Club means we are a part of the largest manufacturer supported club network in the world. This means that you are all members of not just our club, but you are a member of the world-wide BMW Club network. One of the benefits of this is that you have reciprocal membership with every Official BMW Club in the world too and this can mean lots of benefits if you like traveling and going to events or meeting people from other clubs and countries. Because it is all supported and run by BMW in Munich you also have access to special things from BMW if you are ever in Munich. So if you are planning on going to Munich or anywhere else for that matter, let us know and we can put you in touch with BMW Classic for a tour or even a loan car, if available, or hook you up with a club where ever you are heading to. We have already had a member drop in to BMW Classic in Munich and meet Eva and see our name up on the Honour Wall for being awarded the Best BMW Club in 2021. 

      If you have any questions about what it means to be an Official BMW Club, or the International BMW Club network, just drop me a line and I can answer all your questions.

      On 12 April was our April members meeting, which we held at one of our members private collections.  This was a real honour to be able to share Malcolm's eclectic collection with our members - thank you Malcolm, all who attended really enjoyed the night. 

      On 15 April, Good Friday, we had our Royal children’s Hospital Coffee & Cars meet in Beaumaris where we supported Christopher George, the owner of Flavours Patisserie who opened for us to enjoy his wonderful treats on the day.  We had over 70 cars turn up and some of the locals even went home and washed their BMW’s and brought them along, what a fun morning with families bringing their children along to support what has become an annual event for us and one we are very passionate about.  We raised over $1600 which is brilliant for a coffee and cars morning.  Thank you to all who gave so generously, with all proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.

      On 17 April, Easter Sunday, was another annual event we all love to support.  That is Flinders Motoring Heritage Display and again we were not disappointed with our display with a great selection of cars showing of the years.  This event is run by the Flinders Lyons Club in support of Peninsula Health and other local charities.  This year we helped them raise in excess of $40,000.  Another very proud moment and thank you again to all who attended and gave so generously.

      23-25 April was our Anzac weekend away in Lakes Entrance.  The weather was just amazing and what a brilliant weekend was had by all who attended.  As we drove past the Sale Airforce Base, our Jo had arranged for a fly over from the roulettes, which was just stunning. Even if it’s a bit hard to drive the back roads and watch them do aerobatics… They followed us for about 30 minutes darting from side to side and at one stage heading straight for us.  Just amazing. 

      Jo also arranged some brilliant activities for us all to do, Sunday we all explored the Buchan Caves and there were some furry friends in the picnic ground, to the delight of all young and older members.

      On Anzac morning, most of our members attended the dawn service which was very moving.  Then at 10.30am we all boarded a private boat cruise which took us through the lakes to Metung for lunch.  Again we were treated to a spot of dolphin watching, with approximately 12 dolphins just frolicking Infront of our boat.  There was an amazing display of bird life too and after our wonderful lunch at Metung we also got to see a Crested Eagle and a few seals sunning themselves on the rocks.  These events are so good for new and older members to get to know other members and it was so lovely to have lots of children attending and enjoying this weekend away.

      We feel so honoured that families bring their children on our trips away, we also had a learner driver who did a brilliant job of keeping up with the convoys through the countryside. As always, a huge thank you to Peter Williams, our Drive Co-ordinator that finds these amazing roads for us to explore and enjoy.

      On 27 April I had an extremely proud dad moment, with my daughter Jess, our Editor and webmaster being admitted to the Supreme Court.  This has been a long hard 8 years for Jess but still she has helped us with producing our wonderful magazine each year, as well as looking after the website and all the back end that makes us look so good. There are not enough words for me to express how proud I am of you, Jess, you are just amazing.

      29 April was our monthly catch up with BMW Munich, but unfortunately last month there was a miscommunication with the timing of the event with clocks being changed both here and in Munich, most of us all logged in too late.  We will make sure we have the time correct for the May catch up.

      30 April our last event for the month was our Presentation Dinner.  This was held at the Park Royal in Monash, which is only a few years old and a brilliant venue for events like this.  Our theme for the night was famous people from the past or the silver screen and we had some absolutely amazing costumes on the night. We held a raffle with some brilliant prizes, generously donated from Sonax, Sirene Sea Pearls, German Auto Haus, Celebration Cellars, Waverley BMW, Revolution Racegear and Bell Motorsport.   We also raised $640 for The Smith family on raffle ticket sales.  Well done everyone who gave so generously and also well done to all the award winners on the night.  We had some very worthy winners.

      May is another jammed packed month, check out our calendar here for more details:

      • 7 May - Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship – Rnd 3 at Sandown
      • 10 May - Adex Detailing Members Meeting
      • 12-16 May - Bathurst 12 hour
      • 13-15 May - E30 Racing at Phillip Island
      • 15 May - National Motoring Heritage Day/E30 Racing Drive to Phillip Island
      • 15 May - Maling Road – Autoclassico
      • 22 May - Otway Fly One Day Drive
      • 28-29 May  - Winton Historics Display

      Other events to put in your calendar so as not miss out on are:

      • 11-13 June - Queens Birthday Weekend Away – Port Fairy – Whale Watching Long Weekend
      • 19 June - Come and Try/Driver Training at Sandown
      • 9-10 July - Christmas in July with a difference this year - Sovereign Hill – Winter Wonderlights.
      • 25-30 October - Tasmania Driving Tour

      As with all our events, unless specified, all are welcome, members and non-members and we even allow non-BMWs to attend most of our events. There are only a few selected events through the year that we ask for either members only or BMW’s only, but these are spelt out in the event notice. Otherwise, we are a very inclusive club, we love you coming along, no matter what you drive or who you bring, and this is one of the things that makes this club so successful.

      Above, you would have seen our Driver Training Day at Sandown.  We will need volunteers for this to make the day successful, if you are interested in helping out in any form, please email Meg at and let her know what area you will be happy to help out in.  We encourage all our volunteers to go to the Motorsport Australia website and complete and general officials course and obtain a Working With Children’s Check too.

      Jo and I will be taking a well-earned break for the last week of May. From the 20 May until 1 June. We will be out of the country, soaking up some South Pacific Sunshine and recharging our batteries. So any Club Plate renewals will need to be sent to Lawrence via our new renewals email address: and any other club related questions will also need to be answered by Lawrence while we are away either by email to or phone on 0414 563 290.

      We will have our phones with us and our computers, but they will be off most of the day and we will only turn them on if we are feeling like doing some work in the evenings.  Please make sure all your club stuff is done before the 19 May if you want to see either Jo or I.

      Remember your committee are just volunteers and we can only do so much, so please be patient with email and phone calls, as we all have lives too, well some of us do. LOL.  Also, if you are wanting to help out in any way, we would love to hear from you and remember that at our next AGM you have the opportunity to come on board and make this club even better than it is by joining the Committee.

      As always, drive safe and I look forward to seeing you at an event 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

    • 1 May 2022 3:36 PM | Anonymous

      Event date: 30 April 2022

      Time has flown by and it's now that time of year, the 2022 4th Birthday Celebration and Awards Presentation Dinner for BMW Drivers Club Melbourne!!

      This years awards night was a themed silver screen dress code for a bit of fun, which I'll admit, I'm not a fan of themed things, but our darling Vice President Jo mentioned "Tim, you can go as Odd Job from James Bond". My first thought was, oh boy what idea Jo giving me, but once I googled Odd Job, I thought that looks simple enough, I run with that. And I thought unlike my pityful attempt at dressing up as the alien creature from Men In Black during my time in Shanghai for a school performance, I wanted to make more of an effort as dressing up this time!

      The location was perfect for me too; at the ParkRoyal Monash 15 minutes from home, so I was only too happy to attend (not like I ever wasn't going to be honest, regardless of the location).

      Festivities kicked off with pre drinks in the hotel foyer before we all got seated, with about five to six people at each table. Our President Graeme Bell made a fantastic introduction followed by something different, a trivia. There were 3 rounds consisting of questions about movies, movies with a BMW element and lastly questions about members in the club. Our table scored 20/40, not bad considering some of the questions weren't easy!

      We had a delicious 2 course meal alternating between Roasted chicken breast with baked potatoes or grass fed eye fillet steak and mash pototo. Dessert was either chocolate cake or lemon meringue tart. All very yummy.

      A big part of the night is the awards and I was surprised to be awarded the 2022 Member of the Year award. What a pleasant surprise, as I wasn't expecting that at all!

      Congratulations to Shannon Cooper, Shane McKenzie, Jess Bell and all the other award recipients as well!

      Most importantly, Thank You to Graeme, Jo, Lawrence and Shaaron for organising and putting on another fantastic presentation night, it was a great evening. And also Thank You to all the sponsors of club for your generous donations for the raffle.

      Tim Oh | Member #538
      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

    • 29 Apr 2022 10:05 PM | Anonymous

      +++ Highly flexible, efficient, sustainable and digital: BMW iFACTORY sets new standards and defines future of automotive manufacturing for the production network of the BMW Group +++ Board Member for Production Nedeljković: “New Debrecen plant will be first CO2-free vehicle plant.” +++

      It’s the master plan for the automotive production of tomorrow: The BMW iFACTORY production strategy defines the future orientation of plants and production technologies at the BMW Group and meets the challenges of the transformation to e-mobility. “Automotive manufacturing of the future requires a new, holistic way of thinking. With our BMW iFACTORY, we are leading the way and setting new standards in flexibility, efficiency, sustainability and digitalisation,” said Milan Nedeljković, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production.

      Over the last few decades, the BMW Group has considered itself the benchmark for innovative, flexible and efficient production technologies in vehicle manufacturing. And it is from this level that the company is now redefining operational excellence. The strategic vision of the global production network is the BMW iFACTORY. LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL., with its integrative, global approach. “The BMW iFACTORY is not a one-off showpiece but an approach we will implement at all our plants in the future – from our 100-year-old home plant in Munich to our forthcoming plant in Debrecen, Hungary,” said Milan Nedeljković.

      The mission: LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL.

      The BMW iFACTORY focuses the BMW Group’s production expertise on three key topic areas: LEAN, which stands for efficiency, precision and extreme flexibility, GREEN, for sustainability, resource-efficiency and circularity, and DIGITAL, for the active use of digitalisation in data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtualisation. As always at the BMW Group, the holistic approach of the BMW iFACTORY is underpinned by the consistently high standard of flexibility, launch expertise and integration capability in the company’s production system.

      LEAN: Based on highly flexible, efficient production

      The BMW Group’s production network is on the cusp of a fundamental transformation: the Neue Klasse, due for production launch in 2025, is based on a completely new vehicle architecture. With its clear focus on the all-electric drive, it sets the conditions for future vehicle generations to be manufactured efficiently and in line with the company’s profitability and quality goals. The BMW iFACTORY is now set to strengthen the proven success factors of the global production network.  Board Member for Production Milan Nedeljković: “Our production network has three key strengths: maximum flexibility, excellent processes and outstanding integration capabilities. We are the absolute benchmark in all three. And they are the focal points of our BMW iFACTORY.”  The key topic of LEAN is about highly flexible, efficient production through streamlined processes in competitive structures.

      Flexibility remains the key competitive advantage of BMW Group production, now and in the future – and in several respects: The company’s production structures are so flexible that a single production line can produce different drive types and vehicle models. They also set the standard in terms of rapid responsiveness and adaptability, absorbing supply bottlenecks and shortages comparatively spontaneously and reacting quickly to fluctuations in demand. And for customers, this flexibility means they can change certain elements of their vehicle configuration up to six days before the production date.

      The aim of the BMW iFACTORY is to use even more meaningful real-time data from throughout the production process to control global manufacturing more closely and transparently achieve the fastest possible response times. This will enhance not only volume and market planning but also supply chain and inventory management and support targeted work on quality as well.

      GREEN: Sustainability along the entire value chain

      Avoiding consumption, saving resources and using state-of-the-art technologies: With the BMW iFACTORY, the focus on sustainable production is stronger than ever, reaffirming the BMW Group’s position as the most sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles.  “Environmental, economic and social responsibility are inseparable, and we strive to achieve all three not only in the product itself but along the entire value chain. By 2030 we aim to reduce CO2 emissions from production by 80 percent compared to 2019,” explained Board Member for Production Milan Nedeljković.

      Plant Debrecen: The first completely fossil fuel-free plant

      With its new plant in Debrecen, Hungary – where production of the all-electric Neue Klasse will launch in 2025 – the BMW Group is entering a new era in sustainable automotive production. “Our plans are for Plant Debrecen to be the first automotive plant in the world to dispense completely with fossil energy sources in its production processes,” said Nedeljković. “Debrecen will be our first CO2-free vehicle plant and puts us clearly at the vanguard of developments in this regard.”

      A significant share of the plant’s electricity will be generated directly on site. The remainder will be covered by 100 percent renewables, the vast majority of which will come from regional sources.  Nedeljković: “Our contribution to the energy transition makes not only environmental but also business sense because our approach ensures stable prices and secure supplies.”

      Another element of sustainable production is consistent circularity. Wherever possible, production materials and resources will be reused. Metal offcuts and filings from milling, for example, will be recycled and reused, while waste heat from cooling will be fed into a circuit to heat indoor spaces and water.

      Saving resources significantly benefits the company economically – but smart, effective solutions also make production at the BMW Group unique in terms of environmental credentials. Examples of the technologies realising our commitment include the resource-saving wet-in-wet painting process (IPP) and the use of direct current in car body construction for the very first time.

      The energy that powers the BMW Group’s plants around the world is sourced purely from renewables. As Plant Leipzig develops into a centre of excellence for hydrogen, the company’s facilities worldwide are becoming increasingly independent of third-party energy suppliers or other external influences. This is enabled by a combination of self-generated and stored energy with flexible load profiles throughout production. Here, the latest digital methods and comprehensive systems ensure maximum transparency and support the consistent reduction of energy consumption as well as the needs-based use of renewables on the basis of accurate forecasts.

      A further key issue in the field of climate protection is biodiversity. The variety of flora and fauna at BMW Group sites worldwide is being promoted through targeted, region-specific measures, from beehives and falcons to meadow orchards.

      Meanwhile, to support GREEN logistics both within and outside the plants, the BMW iFACTORY adopts an open-minded approach to technologies, focusing on environmentally sustainable concepts. Within the next few years, for example, increased use of rail transport and electric trucks will mean zero local emissions from transport logistics at Plant Munich.

      DIGITAL: From innovations to effective use cases

      Customised premium vehicles, delighted customers, excellent quality and on-time delivery have always been the goal of digitalisation at the BMW Group. “The BMW iFACTORY is advancing digitalisation by taking data consistency to a completely new level along the entire value chain and across every one of our process chains. We use digital innovations to create effective use cases in production – because for us, innovation and efficiency go hand in hand,” emphasised Milan Nedeljković.

      Production at the BMW Group uses the latest technologies to link all the relevant product, process, quality and cost data between development, planning and production processes. The main focus here is on applications from the fields of virtualisation, data science and artificial intelligence.

      Virtualisation plays an important role within the BMW iFACTORY strategy model. In a first step, every detail of all the BMW Group’s production sites is being recorded in a 3D scan. In this way, planning work can be carried out virtually at any time and from anywhere. In the next logical step, a virtual representation – or digital twin – is created of each factory in its entirety. This can then be used by planning specialists in real-time collaborations across different locations and time zones. This approach takes the planning of all structures, production plants and even individual processes to a completely new level. It allows virtual products to be integrated into the factory early on, for example, and significantly reduces planning work further down the line. It also allows investments to be otimised and enhances process efficiency and the stability of product launches.

      In partnerships like the one with NVIDIA, the BMW Group combines its pioneering spirit and process expertise with cutting-edge technologies. Applications and augmented and virtual reality support employee training for future processes and technologies, and digital production system planning allows global partners to be integrated into the value chain early on.

      Meanwhile, data science provides the foundations for fact-, figure- and (real-time) data-based decision-making. Consistent, transparent data allows the root causes to be identified quickly and proactively so that processes can be optimised. BMW Group production is already an industry pioneer in the effective use of AI and currently uses more than 200 AI-based applications. The technology allows various logistics and production processes to be automated for better quality assurance. In addition, standardised platforms and self-services mean solutions can be scaled rapidly for application across all technologies and locations.

      Employees: Fit for the BMW iFACTORY

      At the heart of the BMW iFACTORY are the people who create it. Future-focused and highly qualified, the BMW Group’s workforce is ensuring a competitive and successful transformation. The Production division is investing heavily and with foresight in upskilling staff for quality, logistics, maintenance, e/e, e-mobility and digital planning. Thanks to state-of-the-art instruction methods, employees benefit from electronic training programmes that leave them free to train independently and on their own initiative. Extensive additional development options are also available to help them maintain and enhance their skills. More than 50,000 BMW Group employees have already undergone the training they need to work in electromobility.

      The reason: Customers’ wishes and our responsibility

      The key factors behind the transformation of BMW Group production are the developments in the automotive market and specifications around climate change. The BMW Group is already doubling its production of electric vehicles in 2022, having delivered more than 35,000 fully electric cars to customers in the first quarter alone. At the same time, the latest technical innovations are supporting the company as it contributes significantly to climate protection and sustainability.  Milan Nedeljkovic: “The BMW iFACTORY delivers not only on the increasing customer demand for electric vehicles but also on our desire, as a member of society, to support climate protection and sustainability. We are using digitalisation to make this happen – while remaining absolutely competitive.”


    • 26 Apr 2022 5:11 PM | Anonymous

      Process automation for highest demands: BMW Group acquires stake in Munich-based technology provider Kinexon GmbH

      Process automation for highest demands:
      BMW Group acquires stake in Munich-based technology
      provider Kinexon GmbH

      • Innovative, jointly developed software platform enables process automation in automotive manufacturing
      • Minority stake acquired through BMW i Ventures
      • Board Member for Production Nedeljković: “New standards in digital production steering”

      The BMW Group has acquired a stake in its partner Kinexon. The two companies have been working together for several years in order to advance the comprehensive digitalisation of the BMW Group production network. The premium carmaker announced on Tuesday that it has now acquired a minority stake in the innovative, Munich-based software company through its own venture capital company, BMW i Ventures.

      In order to improve steering of highly complex processes in automotive manufacturing, the integrated IPS-i software platform was developed in collaboration with Kinexon. This platform can record a wide variety of position data (RFID, UWB, RTLS, GPS) and transfer it into its digital twin.  On this virtual basis, the software recognizes, observes and automates a broad variety of manufacturing and logistics processes with utmost precision.

      Thus, the innovative platform makes light work of keeping a digital overview of highly complex processes. In car manufacturing, some ten thousands of components have to be available at exactly the right place on the production line, right beside the tools that will be used – and all of them just in time. The new, state-of-the-art operating system orchestrates the second-by-second application accordingly.

      Kinexon’s high-precision real-time locating systems are also designed for use in competitive sports and applied by numerous sport clubs of FiFA and NBA which record the movement data of athletes and their equipment through wearables. This allows the position data, tactics, movement patterns and performance of top sportspeople and entire teams to be analysed and targeted measures introduced to improve them.

       “Automotive production at the BMW Group is a lot like top-flight sport in that it’s about high-performance processes. The real-time locating platform IPS-i forms the backbone for fully digitalising our production. It’s an innovative operating system that makes our highly complex manufacturing processes transparent and raises efficiency in production even further. We are now intensifying our well-established, long-standing partnership with Kinexon by acquiring a stake in them,” said Milan Nedeljković, Board Member for Production at BMW AG. “Together, we want to set new standards in digital production steering.”

      The IPS-i platform has been in use at the BMW Group since 2017 and operates in ten plants around the world. It forms the basis of numerous digitalisation projects, allowing the BMW Group – a pioneer in digital process optimisation and automation – to develop innovative production where efficiency and quality come first.

      The IPS-i platform also allows logistics processes to be controlled and will be rolled out in further plants in the future. In 2021 its holistic location-based service architecture was nominated for the German Innovation Award.

      The BMW Group and Kinexon GmbH have agreed not to disclose any acquisition details.

      Kinexon GmbH

      KINEXON is a global technology leader that develops groundbreaking software and connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). KINEXON Industries implements specialized real-time IoT solutions for Industry 4.0, in order to capture, analyze and automate manufacturing and logistics processes for industry leaders such as BMW and Continental. More than 400 teams and leagues worldwide rely on KINEXON Sports & Media in the areas of performance tracking, analytics, and fan engagement. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, KINEXON has grown to more than 300 employees across offices in Munich and Chicago. For more information, visit

      The BMW Group

      With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

      In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2021 was € 16.1 billion on revenues amounting to € 111.2 billion. As of 31 December 2021, the BMW Group had a workforce of 118,909 employees.

      The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

      BMW i Ventures

      BMW i Ventures is the BMW Group’s venture capital firm, investing money and resources in startups in the fields of transportation, manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability. The firm has made many successful investments over the years in companies such as Chargepoint, Graphcore, Proterra, Solid Power, Tekion, Turntide, Xometry and many more. BMW i Ventures invests in all stages from seed to growth with a focus on Series A/B.


    • 21 Apr 2022 10:15 AM | Anonymous

      BMW is leading the luxury segment into a new era that will be shaped by innovations in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation. With the new BMW 7 Series, the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium vehicles is creating forward-looking ways to enjoy driving pleasure, unsurpassed long-distance comfort and a top-end digital experience. Central to this reinterpretation is the BMW i7.

      BMW is leading the luxury segment into a new era that will be shaped by innovations in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation. With the new BMW 7 Series, the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium vehicles is creating forward-looking ways to enjoy driving pleasure, unsurpassed long-distance comfort and a top-end digital experience. Central to this reinterpretation is the BMW i7. The all-electric luxury sedan is a fully integrated member of the model family and clearly demonstrates how an exclusive driving experience and the ultimate feeling of on-board wellbeing can be combined with an unwavering commitment to sustainability.

      The generation change at the pinnacle of BMW’s model range is wrapped up in a new definition of luxury that focuses on the individual and their personal attitudes, needs and emotions. In addition to presence, elegance and exclusive premium quality, there is a progressive approach characterised by innovations that directly enhance the user experience, wide-ranging connectivity and standard-setting sustainability of the car. In this way, the new BMW 7 Series has been designed to meet the needs of a modern target group that sees itself as committed to meeting challenges in a responsible manner – and one that views personal mobility as a way to experience unique moments in everyday life and on trips away.

      A symbol of innovative strength and a milestone in the current model offensive.

      The new BMW 7 Series incorporates a modern style that focuses on the essentials in its exterior and interior design. The front-end design for BMW vehicles in the luxury segment is dominated by features that are typical of the brand, but a clear distinction is maintained between these models and the others in the BMW range. Innovative features such as the BMW Theatre Screen, the multi-sensory vehicle experience BMW iDrive with the latest generation of BMW Operating System 8, plus the BMW Curved Display and the Manoeuvre Assistant for automated parking and manoeuvring, highlight the progressive character of the luxury sedan. In addition to the enhanced level of comfort and the unique in-car entertainment system, the Executive Lounge option for the rear with optimised reclining seat position and new BMW Individual Merino leather/cashmere wool interior trim takes a pioneering route to maximising wellbeing inside the car.

      45 years on from the debut of the BMW 7 Series, the seventh model generation takes to the stage as the most advanced and innovative vehicle in the luxury segment. At the same time, the new edition captures the imagination with an overall design coherence unmatched by any rival. The BMW 7 Series is therefore once again a symbol of the BMW Group’s innovative strength.

      The world premiere of the new BMW 7 Series in April 2022 and its global market launch starting in November 2022 are the key milestones in the brand’s current model offensive in the luxury segment.

      Market-specific drive system portfolio, tradition-rich production location.

      The new BMW 7 Series was designed from the ground up for particularly demanding target groups in a globalised marketplace. This is also reflected in a market-specific drive system portfolio that includes exclusive offerings for China – as the company’s most important sales region – and a diesel model for Europe.

      The new generation of luxury sedans from BMW opens up a whole new dimension in spaciousness. Unlike its predecessors, the new BMW 7 Series will be available worldwide exclusively as a long-wheelbase model that maximises space in the rear. Different facets of its character are defined by the use of specific design features and drive system variants. The new BMW 7 Series range also includes models from the BMW i and BMW M brands, which allow its myriad characteristics – from elegant, modern and sustainable to expressive, sporty and dynamic – to be brought prominently to the fore.

      The new BMW 7 Series now offers a choice of combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and all-electric drive for the first time ever. The degree of diversity in the drive system portfolio is based on a newly developed flexible vehicle architecture and is an expression of a global model strategy for the new edition of the BMW 7 Series. This enables the BMW Group to take into consideration a customer’s individual needs, infrastructure factors and legal regulations in all relevant automotive markets around the world. The market launch in Europe will initially feature only the BMW i7. In the USA, China and other selected sales regions, two models will be offered at market launch in addition to the all-electric variant, each equipped with a petrol engine and 48V mild hybrid technology.

      Plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7 Series are expected to follow in numerous markets from the beginning of 2023. These will include the first BMW M model with a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and plug-in hybrid drive system. A model variant with a diesel engine and 48V mild hybrid technology will be added to the range in Europe just after the market launch. Further variants of the all-electric BMW i7, including the future top-of-the-line BMW i7 M70 xDrive, will be made available at a later stage.

      As was the case with all its predecessors, the new BMW 7 Series will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. The company’s largest production facility in Europe will be fusing tradition with the future and is also the BMW Group’s centre of excellence for the production of e-drive components. The highly integrated electric drive system and the high-voltage battery of the BMW i7 will also be manufactured there. Vehicles with combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and all-electric drive systems will come off the same production line in Dingolfing. In addition to the all-electric BMW iX and the new BMW 7 Series, the BMW 8 Series luxury sports car and BMW 5 Series models, among others, are also produced here.

      Two BMW M models based on the new BMW 7 Series.

      The new BMW 7 Series model range worldwide will expand to include two BMW M models equipped with electrified drive systems. The new BMW M760e xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 1.2 – 1.1 l/100 km [235.4 – 256.8 mpg imp]; electric power consumption combined: 26.9 – 25.8 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 28 – 25 g/km in the WLTP cycle; figures in NEDC cycle: –) has output of 420 kW/571 hp and torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) and will debut as early as spring 2023. Its electric motor generates a temporary boost worth an extra 30 kW/40 hp when particularly invigorating acceleration is the order of the day. An M-specific design for the exterior and interior, including an exhaust system featuring the distinctive twin tailpipes with unique geometry, underscores the performance characteristics of the BMW M model with plug-in hybrid technology.

      The future flagship model, the new BMW i7 M70 xDrive (power consumption combined in the WLTP cycle: 26.4 – 21.2 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; figures in NEDC cycle: – ), will have an all-electric drive system with two motors – on the front and rear axle – and will be available later in 2023. Its drive system generates maximum output of well over 600 hp and maximum torque of more than 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft). The most powerful BMW model ever registered for road use accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4.0 seconds. (All output, performance and energy consumption figures for the BMW i7 M70 xDrive are estimates based on the car’s current development stage incl. temporary boost.)

      Unique digital experience with the new vehicle experience BMW iDrive and BMW Operating System 8.

      Driving pleasure, long-distance comfort and the user experience in the new BMW 7 Series are shaped largely by the latest innovations in the field of digitalisation. The new BMW 7 Series offers customers the new multi-sensory vehicle experience BMW iDrive with the latest generation of BMW Operating System 8. With the fully digital BMW Curved Display, the innovative BMW Interaction Bar, the enhanced capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant – plus additional My Modes, the latest version of the BMW Head-Up Display, and the Augmented View function available for the first time on the information display behind the steering wheel – intuitive dialogue between the driver and vehicle has reached a new level.

      Passengers in the rear are greeted by a unique entertainment offering in the form of the new BMW Theatre Screen – a 31.3-inch panoramic display in 32:9 format with 8K resolution which extends downwards from the roof and transforms the second row of seats into an exclusive private cinema on wheels. The driver and front passenger can also use YouTube video-on-demand streaming on the control display for the first time. A 5G-compatible aerial system takes care of high-speed connectivity in the new BMW 7 Series.

      Security redefined: the new BMW 7 Series in BMW Protection Vehicle specification.

      A high-security vehicle based on the new BMW 7 Series is now being developed and will be added to the range in the course of 2023. With its integrated protection concept, which is unique in the segment and has been developed entirely from scratch, the armoured model variant meets the special requirements of authorities, state representatives and high-profile individuals in need of special protection.

      The development of the new high-security BMW 7 Series centres on an innovative protection concept developed by the BMW Group. This provides extremely high standards of security combined with the levels of interior comfort, driving dynamics and ride comfort applied across the new BMW 7 Series range. Integrated development and production in a special manufacturing process at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing will ensure the high-security vehicle based on the new BMW 7 Series sets new standards.


    • 19 Apr 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous

      After a ten-year break, a MINI John Cooper Works will once again compete in the legendary 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2022. The race car entered by the private team Bulldog Racing and built up in Nürburg will compete in the SP3T class.

      The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is considered to be the ultimate endurance test for man and machine. The 50th edition of the high-speed showdown will take place this year from 26 to 29 May on the 25.378 kilometre circuit consisting of the Grand Prix circuit and the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring with a MINI John Cooper Works competing.

      In September last year, the project was launched at Bulldog Racing in the Eifel region, just a few metres away from the Nordschleife. The base vehicle is a MINI John Cooper Works with the 4-cylinder turbo engine known from the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and MINI John Cooper Works Countryman with 225 kW/306 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm. The 8-speed Steptronic gearbox taken from large-series-production featuring an integrated, mechanical differential lock with a locking effect of up to 70% ensures that the drive torque is converted into thrilling performance without any losses.

      Racing modifications

      For racing purposes, the following modifications were made to the standard MINI John Cooper Works which go beyond SP3T class regulations:

      • A racing cage specially developed for this model was installed.
      • The fuel tank volume was increased to 100 litres.
      • Far-reaching interventions in the aerodynamics, including an adjustable rear wing, a completely covered underbody, a rear diffuser and front splitter were made.
      • Weight was consistently reduced, e.g. by using Makrolon® window panes.
      • A model-specific racing suspension with adjustable rebound and compression damping was fitted.
      • All moving chassis and suspension parts were replaced with reinforced Uniball bearings
      • A pneumatic lifting unit was installed.
      • The sports exhaust system was adapted with a racing catalytic converter
      • Original BMW M Performance brake components were installed.

      MINI in motorsport

      Pat Moss made motorsport history in 1962, scoring the first international rally victory for MINI at the Tulip Rally. Her victory marked the beginning of the Classic Mini's unique success story in rally sport, with 3 overall Monte Carlo Rally wins in 1964 (Paddy Hopkirk), 1965 (Timo Mäkinen) and 1967 (Rauno Aaltonen).

      This string of successes included six overall Dakar Rally victories in 2012 (Leonid Novitskiy), 2013 (Stéphane Peterhansel), 2014 (Nani Roma), 2015 (Nasser Al-Attiyah), 2020 (Carlos Sainz Sr.) and 2021 (Stéphane Peterhansel).

      The MINI John Cooper Works racing car "Made in Nürburg" pays homage to the racing tradition of the MINI brand in the classic colour scheme of the 1960s racing cars in red / white.

      High-speed schedule

      Only seven months passed between the start of the project and the roll-out at the end of March 2022. In the coming weeks and until the start of the 24h race, further tests are scheduled on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring and at the BMW Group testing centre in Miramas in southern France. Located between Marseille and Avignon, the former race track offers the best conditions for extensive testing and optimisation under a wide range of conditions. The chassis of the MINI John Cooper Works racing car is subjected to an extensive and varied test programme there. Friedhelm Thelen, Nürburgring expert and team boss of Bulldog Racing, knows how important comprehensive testing is before a race: "The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring puts all components of the vehicle under extreme stress. That's why we're delighted to be able to use the BMW Group Test Centre to put the John Cooper Works through its paces there."

      The BMW Group has been testing new models and innovative chassis technology at the Miramas test grounds since 1986. 

      The driver line-up and the further race programme for 2022 will be announced at a later date.


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