Welcome to Spring! A time for renewal and the hope of all things to start to open up again, like the blooms in our garden. Also welcome to the new members that have joined recently, helping to keep the club grow all the time. Membership is currently at an amazing 492!
With winter behind us now and our second wave of lockdowns slowly dragging by, we have possibly had the hardest month for us all. Stage 4 restrictions have been hard for all of us (who have been subject to them), especially when we are such a social bunch and love getting out and about together.
I truly hope that you have all been able to get through this past month without too much hardship. Each day brings us closer to getting back out there and seeing friends and family again. With the numbers dropping every day, hopefully only a couple of weeks to go before restrictions begin to ease.
August 3 was our members meeting in Shannons Auctions Room and for those who zoomed in had a fantastic evening, with a tour of some beautiful cars and even 5 BMWs on the floor for us to marvel over.
On August 18 we had a virtual meeting with Evan Gale from Jay Leno’s Garage Products, which was very informative. I thought I knew a lot about cleaning cars but there is so much more, and their range is fabulous. Remember, if you are wanting to go on to their website, use our special discount code ‘BMWDCM’ and you will received 15% off your online order and within 2-3 days your stock will be delivered straight to your door.
We have also been working on some new merchandise products to help us through the COVID pandemic. We received our first batch of triple layer washable cotton face masks, which sold out in 4 hours! I didn’t expect that, so our second batch is now in stock and we should also have our neck warmer/masks within the next few days. Have a look in our online store and get your orders in early to avoid missing out. Whilst you are there, we have some handy, club engraved pocket tools in 4 different colors. They're the perfect gift for Father’s Day for the dad that has everything. They're also reduced to $10 for Father’s Day.
September is looking like an exciting month for our virtual events, with our members meeting on 1 September being "How to prepare your car for a motorsport event". Jo and I have put together an informative presentation, which you will also be able to refer to later down the track (as we will put it on the website for future reference).
Tuesday 15 September is a member only exclusive tour of BMW Classic Munich. I have been lucky enough to go through this facility several times and this is not available to the general public, so this is an event not to miss. We will be shown through by our friend Eva Priller from BMW Clubs and Community Management in Munich (what a job!). What a place to work every day with so many beautiful and rare cars to look after and all the history of BMW at your fingertips.
PLEASE NOTE: This event will start at 7.30pm sharp. Please make sure you are logged in by 7.20pm or earlier, so as to not delay this event. We are very lucky to be given this exclusive tour, so we want to show our appreciation by all being on time for Eva to be able to start the tour. It is the middle of a normal working day in Munich and Eva is taking time out of her day to show us around, so please be logged on and ready to start on time. It would be great if as many of you as possible were wearing Club or BMW gear to show our love for BMW and the Club.
We're hopeful that restrictions will begin to ease soon which means we will be able to start doing drive events again. We'd love to hear from you if you have any suggestions or would like to plan your own drive route for us all to join.
We have some great events ready to go, but there is always something that someone comes and says ‘how about a run to such and such’ that even we haven’t thought of. Same goes for any other events or ideas you might have; we are always open to ideas for something new and fun. Just wait and see what we have sitting in the wings ready to go. Hopefully in a couple of weeks we will be able to start looking at doing something when we come out of Stage 4.
There is also our Members Car of the Month, which you can enter as many times as you wish. We’d all love to see what we have hidden away, even if it’s not a BMW. We have a bit of a collection of ‘other’ cars and toys, so I am sure you do too. We’d love to see what you’ve got.
It is also coming to that time of year for our Annual General Meeting, which at this stage will be conducted virtually. However we will conduct it face to face in October if we are allowed to. We are calling for nominations for all positions on the committee, if you're interested in nominating for a position on our commtitee or wish to nominate someone else, please view the following forms:
AGM Call For Nominations
Again, I hope you are all weathering stage 4 restrictions and always remember, we are here if you ever need a chat. I’ll talk cars or anything all day long and am always happy to chat to anyone if it makes them feel a bit less isolated or alone.
Stay safe and keep an eye on the website to see what things we have coming up. Also check out our Facebook group and page, there is lots of interesting items pop up on them both.
See you somewhere soon.
Graeme Bell | President
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.
P.O. Box 81, TYABB, VICTORIA. 3913Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
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A strong character needs a strong name. “Blechmann” is a name as strong as metal. It is also the nickname of Bernhard Naumann, a renowned customizer from Austria. Together with BMW Motorrad he presents his latest creation: The Blechmann R 18.
With the new BMW R 18, BMW Motorrad presented the brand’s first series production bike for the cruiser segment in April 2020. Like no other BMW motorcycle before it, this model stands entirely in the tradition of historical BMW motorcycles – both technically and with regard to its design. It is based on illustrious models such as the BMW R 5 and shifts the focus back to the motorcycle essentials. Reason enough for Bernhard Naumann to change as little as possible on the frame and the technology and to use only the original mounting points for the creation of the Blechmann R 18.
The Blechmann R 18 in detail.
When starting off with a new creation, Bernhard Naumann never uses sketches in advance. He gathers his inspiration while working on the bike itself. "I draw my design directly on the object using the final material. This allows me to directly respond to the requirements and to keep an eye on the proportions at all times", explains the designer.
For the Belchmann R 18, he initially "put the cart before the horse" in order to be able to correctly assess the proportions for the front fairing. The sporty single-seater is based on the original supporting structure of the rear fender, seat and pillion. The rear light is from Kellermann. The fuel tank has been extensively modified: For one thing, it is narrower making it sportier and exposes the engine even more. On the other hand, it features knee cut-outs, which further support the athletic line. The original steering tube was used as the basis for the stub handlebar.
Next, Blechmann customized the headlights. As with his last BMW custom bike "Giggerl", a conversion of the BMW R nineT, the headlights were to have a subtle kidney-shaped design this time. Analogous to the classic boxer engine, Blechmann placed a filament lamp prominently in the center. Here, too, the steering angle and the forward-tilted headlamp determine the basic layout of the custom bike. Bernhard Neumann perfected his personalization efforts with discreet black paint and classic white BMW Motorrad pin-stripes. In total, the team around Blechmann worked 450 hours on his version of the BMW R 18.
Blechmann does not perceive his work to be that of a classic customizer. "My work begins by removing parts of the original version until a white canvas remains. As the construction progresses, the design develops. I call this 'rapid-prototyping-Blechmann-style' ", says the customizer. This is what makes his workshop unique.
Mostly, Blechmann works alone on his craftsmanship and designs. If necessary, he gets support from hand-picked professionals. "You can't do anything in this world on your own. I am more than glad to have a reliable personnel infrastructure".
World premiere on the Red Bull Ring: For the first time, the BMW M GmbH presented its two icons designed for the road and the racetrack side by side, the prototypes of the new BMW M4 Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 10.9 – 10.5 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 249 – 239 g/km*, provisional figures) and the new BMW M4 GT3. During the run-up to the MotoGP “BMW M Grand Prix of Styria”, the two vehicles were presented in a camouflage look designed specifically for this purpose, as their final design will not be revealed until a later date.
“I am very pleased we are able to present both the new BMW M4 Coupe and the new BMW M4 GT3 together here. As title sponsor of the ‘BMW M Grand Prix of Styria’ and long-term partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, I cannot think of a better place to hold this special premiere. The BMW M4 Coupe and its motorsport counterpart BMW M4 GT3 are the icons of the BMW M GmbH and prime examples of the technology transfer from motorsport to series production – and back again. From the outset, both vehicles were developed parallel to each other, so they both have the same genes,” says Markus Flasch, CEO of the BMW M GmbH, who himself completed the first laps on the Red Bull Ring in the BMW M4 Coupe.
Like the new BMW M3 Sedan and all other current high-performance automobiles from the BMW M GmbH, the new BMW M4 Coupe will be available in two performance versions: Apart from a variant with 353 kW/480 hp and a 6-speed manual transmission, a Competition model with 375 kW/510 hp and an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic will also be on offer in each case.
The core component shared by all BMW M4s is the newly developed straight six-cylinder engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology and a high-revving concept. From the outset, the high-performance-power plant was developed on the basis of performance characteristics taken directly from motorsport. Not only will the BMW M Customer Racing Teams, who will be deploying the BMW M4 GT3 in numerous GT series worldwide, benefit from this. It also raises the standard of driving pleasure for BMW M4 road-legal vehicles to a new level.
For Philipp Eng, the person driving the BMW M4 GT3, the ride around the Austrian circuit was a welcome foretaste of the year ahead: “I can’t wait to take the BMW M4 GT3 onto the starting grid,” says the Austrian who will be participating in the DTM with the ZF BMW M4 DTM. “The BMW M4 GT3 will already take part in its first race next year and will be able to prove how it performs under competitive conditions. I am sure that it has what it takes to continue the long-standing and successful tradition of BMW M vehicles.”
From 2022 and following selected racing events in 2021, the BMW M4 GT3 will finally replace the BMW M6 GT3 as the top-of-the-range model in BMW’s customer sport offering. Since 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 has been part of the BMW M Motorsport vehicle portfolio, already winning the Spa-Franchorchamps 24 hours during its debut year, only to surpass this success with a double victory two years later.
However, before the new BMW M4 Coupe is actually released to the road and the racetrack without special camouflage design, final intensive tests still have to be performed. The official world premiere is planned for September 2020. But one thing is already certain: One of the MotoGP pilots battling for points and placements just a few days after the appearance of the BMW M4 Coupe on the Red Bull Ring, will have the pleasure of driving an icon of the BMW M GmbH. Because the winner of the “BMW M Grand Prix of Styria” being held from 21st to 23rd August will be honoured with an exclusive BMW M4 Coupe of the model generation 2021.
Event date: 18 August 2020
ZOOM, ZOOM – was not a Mazda thing Tuesday night 18 August.
I was the lucky winner of a generous gift voucher from Jay Lenos Garage Australia at the first spin of an electronic spinning wheel, laced with the names of those who connected.
The time was very well spent as I have spent years dodging the true deep cleaning of cars. For me it normally was a quick trip to the pressure washer place close by and air-drying of the car on the way to a drive gathering.
We were shown products made in the USA over a decade under auspices of Jay Leno. Then came a bewildering range of polishes, waxes, leather cleaners, leather conditioners, fabric cleaners, wheel cleaners, tyre cleaners (matt finish or high gloss), and odour eliminators for the interiors. Also shown were Plush Micro fibre cloths, glass cleaners and a special glass towel and a range of cleaning cloths.
Such a range to satisfy the most ardent cleaners but best of all Jay Lenos Garage is a supporter of our club and have put in place a club member discount of a standing 15% for online orders, using the 'BMWDCM' discount code. This is supported in these COVID-19 times, by using the internet and Startrack couriers. Order online at www.jaylenosgarage.com. Be sure to look carefully as there are many great special offers on the products. Pay online and in two to three days your order will be delivered to your address. Checkout not only the car care products but the car collection Jay has assembled.
I’ve probably been too lazy in the past and not appreciated the sense of achievement that some physical effort can provide. I’ll be jumping online to select products that have now come to my notice. My thanks to Evan for the presentation, enthusiasm and convincing conviction to the products. Happy cleaning – can’t go out, so you may as well clean eh!
Peter Kelly | Member #57
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
It was Tuesday night, the 18th halfway through August, still in stage 4 and unable to travel more than 5km from home. As human nature, our socialising ways are part of our way of life, If we can’t go out physically, what better way, than jump online in the comfort of our own homes and comfortable chairs, settle in and join our friends on ZOOM with our monthly BMWDCM members meeting.
This month, Evan from Jay Leno’s Garage Advance Vehicle Care, hosted to showcase the full products range in his personal garage that he uses on his own vehicles.
After giving a brief history on how the range come to Australia, including how other major car care products wanted Jay Leno to endorse their products, in turn Jay Leno had own products formulated to the quality he demanded for his own collection.
Evan then introduced each product in the care range and gave a description on what the product was created specifically for, including the cloth range, how to use the product and how much to use, throwing in some humour along the way. Also reminding our members of our 15% discount with our code ‘BMWDCM’ when ordering online.
While sitting there in my chair, sipping in a glass of red wine and a small cheese platter, some good questions were asked from the members about the products and based on current events the delivery times, Evan stated that after moving form a postal service that was previously reliable, they have changes to a courier that now has shown a quick turnaround to receive products within a few days from ordering.
Evan, being a classic car enthusiast himself, proudly showed of his well-kept with documented history early pale blue Cortina, while informing us of what had been replaced mechanically to keep it roadworthy.
Towards the end of the night, due to not being able to physically attend, replacing our physical barrel that we place our members cards in, our vice president, Jo, had all our names on a digital wheel. Spinning three times for three members to receive a $25 Voucher to use for Jay Leno products.
A good evening had by all that were online, once finished, no driving, but a very short walk to the bedroom and into PJ’s
Paul Holliday | Member #296
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
The regular League of Legends (LoL) summer season was over, but BMW has another special highlight in store for fans of the Esports classic to round things off. At the BMW Berlin Brawl, the stars of the LoL top teams G2 Esports and Fnatic will go head to head in direct contact with their community – and alongside some of their fans in virtual matches. The LVL World of Gaming in Berlin, possibly the most spectacular Esports and gaming location in the world, will host the first running of this special “United in Rivalry” event on 14 August.
Five of the hottest, most successful Esports teams go head to head in competitions regularly as partners of BMW. The two European teams, G2 Esports and Fnatic, will now join forces with some of their fans in the BMW Berlin Brawl and take part in LoL duels, where the main focus is on having fun. In two matches, a “MIXED 5vs5” and an “ARAM 2vs2”, selected members of the LoL community will be given the opportunity to play in a team with their heroes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three fans from each team will sit in front of their computers in separate rooms at LVL. Unfortunately, spectators won’t be able to be on site this time, but the countless fans around the world can follow the matches on the live stream and talk to their heroes directly via chat.
Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer & Brand BMW:
“With our international Esports commitment, we want to bring the BMW brand to life in the Esports community authentically and using new formats. The Berlin Brawl is our first event in which teams and fans come together to celebrate the love of competition, true to the motto ‘United in Rivalry’, whereby our newly founded BMW Esports Twitter channel will serve as a live broadcasting platform for the first time.”
Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez (CEO G2 Esports):
“When BMW contacted us with an opportunity to take Fnatic down for a third time this split, we simply couldn’t turn the chance down. It’s a great opportunity for both teams to give back to the fans and celebrate the #UnitedInRivalry campaign and we’re proud to do so at our home at LVL World of Gaming. Of course, the #G2ARMY is going to show why we are the best. Let’s go!”
Sam Mathews (CEO Fnatic):
“The Berlin Brawl is a brilliant concept for us and the fans. Our fans thrive on the rivalry and the opportunity for some of them to play alongside their favourite players as well as having tangible involvements in the pick/bans, etc brings it to life in a totally new way and we are very excited BMW has brought us together for this. It is just unfortunate the fans can’t be in the arena with us, but we look forward to having them there for the next one. Fnatic vs G2 means so much. It is the two most storied teams in the LEC battling it out. G2 may have had the better of us recently, but I have no doubt we’re building something truly great. Our rivalry makes both teams strive to do better and be better, and without it the LEC would not be the same. Fnatic have the best fans in the world, so putting them alongside our players and head trainer Mithy – I know exactly who is going to be walking away with the trophy on the night.”
New presence for the BMW Esports commitment on social media.
Just in time for the BMW Berlin Brawl, the expanded BMW Esports commitment also has its own home on social media. On Twitter, the handle @BMWEsports will bundle all the information on the LoL teams as part of “United in Rivalry”, all other BMW Esports commitments and the extensive BMW Motorsport SIM Racing programme. @BMWEsports is the new port of call for Esports fans on Instagram.
Follow the “Berlin Brawl 20” live on Friday 14 August, from 19:00 CEST on the BMW Motorsport Twitch Channel. In the #berlinELECTRIFIED campaign, which saw two BMW i convoys in action over several days in Berlin, #BMWiConvoyEsports won the sim racing challenge. G2 Esports Sim Racing driver Nils Naujoks beat BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims’ time. So, the “Berlin Brawl 20” will now be shown live on www.twitch.tv/bmwmotorsport. There will also be a live stream on the new BMW Esports Twitter channel.
Event date: 3 August 2020
The first of our two August meetings took place in the now-normal Zoom format on Monday, August 3. We were joined by Ryan and Lisa from club sponsor Shannons, who gave us a sneak peak at some of the very collectible cars to be offered for sale in their forthcoming auction. Of particular interest to members was a group of 1980s 3 and 5 Series machines. While most were in good condition for immediate use as club day runners one was described as “runs ok when warm”. Shannons have a reputation as being notably honest and transparent in describing their offerings!
Also shown was a 1985 M635 CSi (M6). Ryan sought the expertise of the remotely-assembled group to help locate the VIN and Lawrence was able to identify its likely hiding place. Other rarities included a Honda NSX (the “Japanese Ferrari”) and a very tasty 1972 Porsche 911E. Jo was most interested in a beautiful 1961 Karmann Ghia, although she was disappointed to learn that her MGB would not provide sufficient trade-in value to enable her to make a swap.
For the writer, the star car was a 1965 Ford Cortina. This model would not normally qualify for such lead billing but in this case it was a GT500 2dr, with the original engine included for possible reinstallation. 1965 was the year the GT500 took the top two places outright at Bathurst. In fact three of the four (price-based) class winners that year were Cortinas - not bad for mass market suburban shopping trolleys!
Thanks to the committee for another great opportunity to catch up.
David Francis | Member #243
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
MONTH IN REVIEW
July started out with us feeling pretty positive about the month ahead and the events we had planned.
Our first event of the month was Round 5 of our Yokohama/Traction Tyres Drivers Championship and our Cross Border Challenge on 4 July with our friends and fellow BMW club members from NSW at Winton.
The day started very cold but the sun came out and we all had a great day. It was so good to see our NSW friends and many of our Victorian members after so long.
Our July members meeting was held (virtually) at Traction Tyres in Rowville. Thank you to Andrew for an amazing presentation, I think we all learnt a lot more about tyres and the new Yokohama AO52 high performance tyre in particular.
Remember if you are after anything tyre or wheel related, mention you are a BMWDCM member and they will look after you.
It was just a couple of days later that Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire went back into stage 3 restrictions. This meant we had to cancel or postpone all of our future in person events.
Club Permit SchemeVery soon you will be able to pay your club permit renewal online instead of going in to a VicRoads office or posting your renewal to them. If you have a MyVicRoads account, you should login to see if your club plates have been linked. We know that some people have had their plates linked already, but not everyone has.
It is important to remember that you will still need to get our signature prior to renewing your permit, but it will certainly make it easier to pay for your renewal.
There are also some changes to the way Club Permits will be issued coming in October, we'll be in touch with those changes a little closer to the time.
If you require assistance from Jo Mawson or Graeme Bell during this time, please do not phone the Bell Motorsport phone number (03 5979 1599). Please instead phone Jo on 0412 661 900.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 490 MEMBERS
Welcome to our new members, 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
Our August Members Meeting will be held virtually on Monday, 3 August at 7.30pm, with a virtual tour of the auction rooms at Shannons.
We've also got a virtual event with Jay Leno's Garage on Tuesday, 18 August at 7.30pm
Unfortunately we can't give too many details on other upcoming events right now. Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for when we can resume events.
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Welcome all to another month in lockdown, well, for most of us, unfortunately. I hope you are all fairing well, both physically and mentally. It is not easy for any of us to not socialise, be with friends and family and be able to get out and enjoy this beautiful country. I hope you are all weathering the second lockdown and doing the right thing to try and suppress the virus to get the numbers back in control. Hopefully sooner rather than later we can get back to doing what we love.
July started off with a great event at Winton with Round 5 of our Yokohama/Traction Tyres Drivers Championship and our Cross Border Challenge on 4 July with our friends and fellow BMW club members from NSW. This is one of our annual events which we have grown to love and it has now turned into a light-hearted competition between the NSW and Victorian clubs. Unfortunately, Victoria is yet to win the challenge, hopefully we have better luck next year! It was very close though with NSW only beating us by a fraction of a point.
We must say a huge THANK YOU to all our officials that come along to these days and help out so that everyone can get out on track and enjoy themselves. Running track days is made so much easier when we have a pool of amazing people to call on to come and assist us, so, thank you all. It is sometimes a thankless job, being a track side official, but we really appreciate your help and efforts and it is great to see so many of you coming back time and time again. Of course, if you’d like to find out more about becoming a Motorsport Australia Accredited Official and helping us run track events, don’t hesitate to contact Jo or myself.
With all the Covid restrictions still in place we had a lot of hard work before the event, which then made the running of the day much smoother, with check-in being completed in only 20 minutes. Some good things have come from the virus, that will carry forward to future events.
Our July members meeting was held (virtually) at Traction Tyres in Rowville. We would like to thank Andrew for an amazing presentation, I think we all learnt a lot more about tyres and the new Yokohama AO52 high performance tyre in particular. Remember if you are after anything tyre/wheel related, mention you are a BMWDCM member and they will look after you.
Shortly after this meeting, Melbourne and Mitchell Shire found themselves back in Stage 3 lockdown, which meant we had to cancel some of our July events. Christmas in July, Broadford Come and Try Day and Round 6 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship all had to be cancelled. We will have to wait and see what happens now and how long it takes to get it back in control again and allow us to get back into running events. We will keep you in the loop with what we are planning and as soon as we know anything, we will pass it on to you. Thank you all for understanding, but the way it is heading, it may be a while before we can get out and about again, sadly.
Our August members meeting will be on 3 August, which is a Monday for a change due to conflicting Zoom meetings. This will be a guided tour around the auction rooms at Shannons. If you're interested in attending, please ensure you register to receive the meeting link.
We also have virtual event with with Jay Leno's Garage in August, where we can get some great offers on their products, learn how to use them and what products we should be using, so don’t miss out on that one.
Our Stony Creek drive and Karting event has been postponed for the moment. Once we're allowed to go out and drive our cars again, we'll re-organise it.
We do have an extremely exciting virtual event coming up on 15 September. So keep the evening free and watch this space and be sure not to miss out! You will not be disappointed. It will be something incredibly special indeed! When it is a little closer, we will let you know all about it.
We have purchased some BMWDCM branded reusable face masks, which will be arriving this week. Keep checking the online store for updates on new stock. The masks will sell for $12 with free postage, no matter how many you order. Pick up will not be available.
We have some news on changes to the Club Plate Scheme coming up. Very soon you will be able to pay your renewal online instead of going in to a VicRoads office or posting your renewal to them. If you have a My VicRoads Account, you should login to see if your club plates have been linked. I can tell you that my permits have been linked to my account, but others aren't seeing theirs yet. You will still need to get our signature prior to renewing your permit, but it will certainly make it easier to pay for your renewal. There are also some changes to the way Club Permits will be issued coming in October, we'll be in touch with those changes a little closer to the time.
I would just like to extend all our best wishes to you all and encourage you to be patient, wear your masks, sanitise, wash your hands and most of all stay safe and stay home if you can. If you need to talk to anyone or know someone that is suffering in isolation, pick up the phone and give us or them a call. Sometimes a phone call can brighten someone’s day immensely and help alleviate some of the stress we all feel with what is in the news every day. We are here anytime you want to chat, and anyone that knows me, knows I love to chat about cars or anything related really.
Take care, see you somewhere soon.
The experience of luxurious driving pleasure has reached a whole new dimension in the BMW X7. The first Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) in the luxury segment combines a striking appearance with generous interior comfort combined with the brand’s hallmark sporty flair. An edition model now brings out the imposing presence and exclusive charisma of the BMW X7 in a particularly concentrated form. With its unique BMW Individual design and equipment features, the BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow underlines both the sporty appearance and the luxury ambience of the largest SAV. The most striking feature of the edition model is the BMW Individual special paint finish in Frozen Arctic Grey metallic. This particularly high-quality and elaborate variant of the body finish is now used for the first time in a BMW X model. Additional selected variants of the special BMW Individual paint finish will be added to the range of optional equipment items for the BMW X7, BMW X6 and BMW X5 to coincide with the start of production of the edition model.
The precisely coordinated details of the design and features for both exterior and interior give the BMW X7 edition model the status of a collector's item. The BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow will be produced at the BMW plant in Spartanburg/USA from August 2020 onwards in a limited edition of about 500 units. The edition model is available worldwide and can be combined with all engines offered for the BMW X7.
The expressive paint finish of the BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow is supplemented with the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line including extended features. This means that in addition to the side window surrounds, the covers of the B and C columns and the exterior mirror bases, a black chrome finish is also featured on the frame and the bars of the BMW kidney grille, the Air Breathers and the tailpipe covers of the exhaust system. This creates a subtle contrast to the matt shimmering body surfaces, also emphasised by the BMW Individual Roof Rail High Gloss Shadow Line and the sun protection glazing. The dynamic character of the SAV is emphasised by the aerodynamically optimised bodywork elements of the M sports package, which also forms part of the equipment package for the edition model. Another exclusive feature of the BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow is the 22-inch M light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design with a Jet Black matt finish and fitted with mixed tyres. The superior performance of the engine is accompanied by the emotionally powerful sound of the M sports exhaust system.
An impressive combination of sporty flair and luxurious ambience also characterises the interior of the edition model, which is available with either six or seven seats. The driver and front passenger enjoy the superior sporty flair of the luxurious SAV on electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory function. An M leather steering wheel and BMW Individual equipment details specially developed for the BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow bear witness to the very highest level of exclusivity. A contributing factor here is the BMW Individual Merino full leather upholstery in the specific two-tone variant Night Blue/Black with contrasting seams, as is the BMW Individual roof liner in Night Blue with Alcantara finish. The upper part of the instrument panel and the armrests of the doors are covered with nappa leather in Night Blue. Black merino leather is used in the lower section of the instrument panel and on the front backrests. In addition, BMW Individual interior trim finishers in Fineline Black with aluminium inlays contribute to the fascinating aura of the edition model’s interior. In the centre console area, the unique design is underscored by means of BMW Individual interior trim finishers in Piano Black finish bearing an edition logo.
In addition to the Frozen Arctic Grey metallic version available exclusively for the BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow, additional special BMW Individual finishes will be integrated into the production process at the BMW plant in Spartanburg from August 2020. This means that the BMW X7, BMW X6 and BMW X5 models can now also be given a particularly high-quality finish in Urban Green and Grigio Telesto metallic.
Aerodynamics play a key role in determining the top speed of a World Superbike. Even the smallest of details can make a big difference here. The goal is to keep the aerodynamic drag as low as possible. The BMW Group Acustic Wind Tunnel in Munich (GER) has everything the BMW Motorrad Motorsport engineers need to test and develop aerodynamic updates for the RR used in WorldSBK.
However, to simulate the flow conditions as realistically as possible, it is not enough to simply position the bike in the wind tunnel by itself. Out on the racetrack, there is also a rider on the bike, creating his own air resistance, even if his riding position has also been optimised aerodynamically. For that reason, the whole package of motorcycle and rider is used in the airflow, which is generated by the wind tunnel’s 2,600-hp electric motor and can reach speeds of up to 255 km/h. To make this possible, BMW Motorrad Motorsport has turned to an innovative method: 3D scanning.
“Eugene was here in Munich with us before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. He was trying to find the ideal sitting position on the RR and, while he was in that position, we took detailed measurements with a 3D scanner,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers. Detailed measurements means every individual glove finger, every contour of the helmet, every seam in the leather overalls, every crease that affects the aerodynamic drag and with it the airflow. “Based on the data from the 3D scan, we created a plastic model made of two halves. It took about a week to get all the details right, however our 3D Eugene was then ready for action,” Bongers added.
Since then, the plastic Laverty has been providing a very important service. He has racked up over 50 test runs in the wind tunnel. “Using a 3D model like this allows us to work more efficiently on development of our RR,” explains Bongers. “While a real rider must travel to get here, the plastic version is available at any time for testing in the wind tunnel. This means that we can evaluate and implement updates even faster.” Another major advantage of the 3D model became particularly apparent during the coronavirus-enforced break. While WorldSBK riders Laverty and Tom Sykes (GBR) were unable to travel to Munich due to travel restrictions, plastic Laverty was waiting in Munich, ready to get back on the RR in the wind tunnel.
So, what does the real Laverty make of his double? “He’s just a few shades paler than my Irish complexion,” said a chuckling Laverty, referring to the light plastic used to make the model. “All joking aside, it was a little unusual to sit on the bike for so long and to be measured from every angle with a 3D scanner. However, the result is awesome. I can do my bit to make our RR faster without having to be in Munich in person. It’s not every day you get to see yourself as such a detailed model. It is fascinating what is possible with modern technology, and the BMW Group is leading the way in many areas in this regard.”
Following the break for the coronavirus, it has now also been possible to measure team-mate Sykes in Munich. His 3D model will soon also see action in the wind tunnel. The next races for the optimised RR, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the real drivers will take place on the first weekend in August. The 2020 WorldSBK season, which was suspended after the opening round in Australia, will resume at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
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