Published on 09-18-2011 06:22 AM
Congratulations to BMW drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller who clinched the drivers championship before the end of the season. However, BMW was not able to hold off Porsche who won the race moving them closer to BMW in the manufacturer standings. The number 56 M3 GT was passed by the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and 458 Italia with 2 laps remaining but the Ferrari ran out of gas at the very end allowing Porsche to get the victory and for BMW to get the second place finish. The final race is the Petit Le Mans and unless BMW completely blows it and Porsche wins chances for a second straight BMW championship are looking good.
...Published on 09-17-2011 02:02 AM
BMW is on the pole yet again. This marks the 7th consecutive race that BMW will be starting from the pole position. Dominating? We would say so. This is the second to last race of the season. Want to watch? Of course you do. Check it out tomorrow (9/17/11) at 1:15 Pacific Time on espn3.com. The race will also be broadcast on ESPN 2 Sunday but who can wait that long? If BMW finishes strong they will all but secure the championship for the second straight year.
...Published on 09-15-2011 11:52 PM
Here is yet another car from Hamann that was revealed at the Frankfurt show. As has been the case with the latest Hamann kits across a wide variety of platforms (Porsche Panamera for example) the body kit just seems a bit overdone. This is much, much better than the Hamann Panamera but it just does not flow cleanly. They put LED's in the front bumper as everyone is doing and obviously revised the front bumper with a much more aggressive piece. The rear diffuser and side skirts are not bad but it just seems like the car is trying too hard and loses a bit of its sophistication with this setup.
...Published on 09-13-2011 06:10 AM
Renntech seems to be spreading to all platforms and that is a good thing. Increased tuner competition should bring out the best. We received this graph showing dyno results for the Renntech S63B44 ECU tune. The car puts down an eye popping 518 to the wheels on an all wheel drive Mustang dyno along with 497 all wheel torque. There is no baseline unfortunately for which to compare the gains from. The car did run 12.7@109 stock and with the tune managed 12.2 and almost 112 miles per hour in 87 degree conditions on just 91 octane pump gas.
Published on 09-12-2011 06:40 AM
We are bringing you this information because it is our duty to report any and all BMW performance news. If this is true, which the Vbox file sent was genuine, then the very questionable character Mert has set a new S54 record with a 4.22 60-130. However, as just mentioned, this is a person of questionable character. There is no video, no photos, and there are no real details. What turbos? What size shot of nitrous? What was done to the motor? These are all questions we would like answers to but the owner is not contributing any information to the community. He seems more intent on using the community to prop up his own ego. This new record run being all the more perplexing considering Mert has stated he is getting a new engine block so who knows if this file is actually from his car. For now, and thankfully, djoborya maintains the overall BMW 60-130 crown at 4.2 done on a drag strip with a blazing fast 9.28@153 in the 1/4 mile. Come to your own conclusion.
...Published on 09-11-2011 05:03 AM
The BMW X6 remains unchallenged in the 4 door "coupe" segment of the SUV market. BMW hit a home run with the car and Audi and Mercedes are scrambling to catch up. That does not mean BMW is satisfied resting on their laurels as the facelift model was spotted testing. The changes will mostly be to the exterior and minor ones with the front and rear lights receiving some minor modification. The real interesting question is if the X6 will be getting the new tri-turbo diesel everyone seems to be talking about.
...Published on 09-09-2011 10:33 PM
AC Schnitzer will be officially revealing their tuner offering for the new 1M Coupe at the Frankfurt auto show. They released some teaser photos and details prior to the show. The exterior part offering consists of a chrome grill insert, carbon front add-on spoiler, carbon diffuser, and a tunk lip. The hood and fenders are also modified. 19 and 20 inch AC Schnitzer wheels are also available for the 1M. The motor gets some work with an exhaust as well as a tune bumping the horsepower up to the 400 range. On the stock turbos and pump gas all the tuners seem to be getting to the same horsepower levels which surprises nobody.
...Published on 09-09-2011 12:33 AM
The M3 GT2 race cars are amazing, both from a looks perspective as well as performance. Getting your hands on one of the race cars is pretty much impossible for the vast majority of enthusiasts. Here comes CLP to the rescue with their widebody kit designed to mimic the racecar. Under the hood they also add a G-power supercharger which actually gives you more horsepower than the real race car's naturally aspirated V8. The price for all of this? $97,500.
...Published on 09-07-2011 07:00 PM
So these diesel M5 rumors persist and the car has pretty much been confirmed. However, the horsepower numbers continue to jump all over the place and we do not know what the final output will end up being. Our previous report stated the car would be in the 400 horsepower range with 553 pound-feet of torque. That sounds at least realistic but now various sites are posting that the horsepower numbers are between 500-550 and torque is up to 650 pound-feet.
...Published on 09-06-2011 07:01 AM
We would not be able to make this stuff up if we tried. Was it not bad enough that Pacific BMW was asking $40k over sticker for a 1M? How about that their employees abused a 1M they were asking markup for on residential city streets? Well, Pacific BMW seems intent on topping themselves now by refusing to give the owner back his $10k that he paid over sticker. The owner claims that they did not even let him test drive the car because it was a limited edition model. Yet he later saw his car on the internet that he paid markup for being taken for a joyride by some kids Pacific BMW allowed access to it.
...Published on 09-06-2011 04:10 AM
The BMW N20 direct injected turbo 4 cylinder is just starting to find its way into production models but that has not stopped Fisker from putting in a big order for them. You know, Fisker, who produces (or more aptly is going to produce) a variety of all electric as well as hybrid vehicles. Fisker and BMW signed an agreement for BMW to supply the motors for the upcoming Fisker Nina which will be a mid-size sedan. Henrik Fisker stated: "The BMW engine was an obvious choice for us, as BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel efficient gasoline engines in the world."
...Published on 09-05-2011 05:32 AM
This car will be making its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show coming up in the next two weeks but Alpina decided to release a small handful of photos early. Nothing shocking here, same 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 motor with 507 horsepower as the B7. Alpina changes the turbos on the standard N63 V8 as well as the pistons and rods for a unique setup. Everything else is typical Alpina with the traditional wheels and subdued body work. We have to wonder though, why buy this when the M6 is right around the corner? Seems rather pointless as the B7 makes more sense since there is no M7 model from BMW.
...Published on 09-03-2011 10:01 PM
Not a win but more than good enough to keep BMW on top of the point standings with only two races remaining (Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta). Dirk Muller and Joey Hand were the drivers who finished in second while Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner finished in 5th place. Werner was on the pole. This race definitely helped BMW's chances to finish with the title yet again. Check out the video below to see what a lap of Baltimore is like. Laguna Seca is shaping up to be very interesting.
...Published on 09-03-2011 08:12 AM
While searching for places to shed weight on the M3, most start with the obvious panels made of steel. When the factory gives you composite or aluminum panels already as a starting point the quest to shave the pounds of a performance car can become more difficult. As usual, Challenge is here to re-write the book on composites for the M3 using only the best in materials and manufacturing techniques to offer some of the lightest weight and well made body panels available.
...Published on 09-03-2011 05:16 AM
Eisenmann’s long-anticipated 1M exhaust system seemed like a proverbial golden ticket to us at IND when the first prototype finally arrived at our warehouse. We carefully cut the Eisenmann packing tape, opened the box, and looked at Eisenmann’s latest creation for the first time. Of course seeing the polished stainless steel of the canister and perfectly hand-formed exhaust tips is a great sight, but the real privilege for all of us at IND was determining just who should get this first golden ticket.