2016 Dakar Rally – Day 10, Stage 8: MINI ALL4 Racing takes the win. Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel celebrate first Special Stage victory of 2016 Dakar. Two MINI ALL4 Racing in top five overall.

Press release

11 January 2016

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day 10, Stage 8: MINI ALL4 Racing takes the win. Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel celebrate first Special Stage victory of 2016 Dakar. Two MINI ALL4 Racing in top five overall.

 

MINI ALL4 Racing crews show true grit at the start of the second week of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Five MINI ALL4 Racing in the top ten at end of Stage 8.

 

Munich. Day 10: Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) showed great determination and skill amongst the sand and rocks of Stage 8 to take the win. From the start of the Special Stage, the AXION X-raid Team (#300) crew swept into the lead by Waypoint 1 and held first place until Waypoint 8.

 

After losing the lead by Waypoint 9, Nasser then pushed even harder to eventually cross the finish line 12 seconds ahead of the second placed car. Nasser is now third overall and has reduced the time variation to leader Peterhansel to just 14:43m.

 

“It is a good feeling to win the very first stage after the rest day,” said Al-Attiyah. “We put a lot of pressure on our competitors and our target now is to put even more pressure on them in the next two to three days and to win Dakar. That is why we are here. From the beginning of today we took the advantage and pushed a lot. The last part wasn’t easy but we took the win. We open tomorrow first on the road so we will push and push again.”

 

The first desert stage of the 2016 Rally Dakar produced a great day’s racing. Not just because of the driving skill required in the sandy terrain but also the need for pinpoint directions from all of the MINI ALL4 Racing co-drivers.

 

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) experienced a Dakar desert stage for the first time and, with the experienced co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) by his side, Hirvonen ended the day in his AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#315) with a fine fifth.

 

Hirvonen: “They weren’t proper dunes really, to me. It was more like fesh-fesh and proper off-road surface. I enjoyed it, though. It was more like traditional off-road racing. Otherwise, it wasn’t too bad and we’re ok.”

 

Stage 8 also saw the excellent form of Spanish pairing of Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro of AXION X-raid Team come into play in grand style. They placed their MINI ALL4 Racing (#304) to sixth spot at the end of Stage 8. This now makes them the third MINI ALL4 Racing inside the overall top ten.

 

Roma: “It wasn’t too bad this morning but then the central diff locked. I tried to unlock it, but it wasn’t possible, so I said ‘ok, we go like that’. In the straight lines it was ok but on the twisties it is difficult to go fast all the time. Near the finish I had a slow puncture but we got there. Alex did a very good job with navigation today.”

 

Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) continued to push their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#310) and scored seventh place, just 1:28m behind their fellow AXION X-raid Team crew of Roma / Haro.

 

“A nice stage,” said Terranova. “We started more or less in 17th and it was difficult in the first section to overtake. We caught several competitors and then we lost several minutes. Tomorrow we start in a good position and this will be very good for us.”

 

The Dutch crew of Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing #306) maintained their consistency by finishing the day in 10th to retain 11th overall in the standings.

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Ten, Stage 8, Salta - Belén , 766km. MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

3

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

026:16:27

+00:14:43

4

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

026:38:26

+ 00:36:42

10

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

027:30:05

+01:28:21

11

 

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

027:31:48

+01:30:04

13

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

027:47:18

+01:45:34

15

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

028:09:06

+02:07:22

16

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

028:11:16

+02:09:32

18

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

028:28:15

+02:26:31

55

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

040:55:23

+14:53:39

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

THE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT

 

  • BMW to announce pricing of the all-new 2016 BMW M2.
  • BMW to announce pricing of the all-new 2016 BMW X4 M40i.

 

 

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: January 11, 2016 10:30 am EST /7:30 am PDT … Today, the all-new BMW M2 and all-new BMW X4 M40i made their world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

 

The 2016 BMW M2.

Making its highly anticipated world debut, the first ever BMW M2 features the renowned BMW M performance complimented by a sleek interior and exterior design. The new entry model of the BMW M GmbH is perfectly aligned with M tradition ensuring unbeatable driving dynamics on the roads and the track, embodying the true DNA of BMW M vehicles. A newly developed M TwinPower Turbo technology 3-liter, 6-cylinder engine produces 365 bHP and 343 lb-ft of torque between 1,400 and 5,560 with an overboost function raising this figure to 369 lb-ft between 1,450 and 4,750 catapulting the high performance vehicle from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds ( M DCT) with a top speed of 155 mph. Inspired by its motorsport roots, the BMW M2 sets the pace in its segment when it comes to agility, driving feeling, directional stability, steering precision and controllability at the limit, without any compromise in everyday use.

 

The 2016 BMW M2 will be available at authorized BMW centers starting at $51,700 plus Destination and Handling starting in April 2016.

 

 

The 2016 BMW X4 M40i.

The cutting-edge drive technology in the new BMW X4 M40i guarantees the free-revving thrill typical of a BMW M developed motor and its outstanding power delivery. With 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, the newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology inline 6-cylinder engine will also be making its world debut. Reaching an electronically limited top speed of 150 mph, the BMW X4 M40i delivers best-in-class acceleration, traveling from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Design and technology are also at their peak in the BMW X4 M40i and include a powerful yet efficient exterior chassis tuned to M Performance specifications, BMW ConnectedDrive, intelligent xDrive and TwinScroll turbo technology.

 

The 2016 BMW X4 M40i will be available at certified BMW dealers in February 2016 starting at $57,800 plus Destination and Handling.

 

 

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BMW Group achieves record global sales for the fifth consecutive year

Full-year sales up 6.1% to total 2,247,485

2015 was BMW and MINI’s most successful year ever

BMW sales increase 5.2% to total 1,905,234

MINI sales achieve 12.0% increase to total 338,466

Around 30,000 BMW i vehicles sold in 2015

Deliveries increased in all major sales regions

Almost one million vehicles sold in Europe

 

Detroit/Munich. 2015 was the most successful year ever for the BMW Group with annual sales setting a new record for the fifth year in a row. A total of 2,247,485 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year, an increase of 6.1% on the previous year. December 2015 saw 213,537 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold (-0.8%).

 

“In 2015, we launched a total of 15 new or refreshed models and our results show that these innovative new vehicles are popular with customers,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for global sales and marketing BMW, speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “Our sales grew consistently throughout the year, despite headwinds in some markets. We expect many of those challenges to continue into 2016, so it’s important we continue to respond flexibly to market conditions in order to maintain our success,” he continued.

 

BMW also achieved a fifth consecutive annual sales record, with the brand delivering 1,905,234 vehicles to customers in 2015, an increase of 5.2% on the previous year. The brand’s sales for December were close to the outstanding result of the previous year with a total of 176,681 BMW’s delivered to customers (-0.7%).

 

Products throughout the BMW range achieved significantly higher sales in 2015, compared with the year before. The BMW 2 Series is proving very popular with customers with a total of 157,144 sold in the year. With a total of over 107,000 units sold, the BMW 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer sold extremely well in their first full year, accounting for over two-thirds of those sales. Similarly successful was the BMW 4 Series, where sales increased by 27.4% to total 152,390. Deliveries of the BMW X4 more than doubled to a total of 55,050 (+153.8%). Overall, the BMW X family continues to be a significant growth driver for the brand with sales of the BMW X5 up 14.1% to total 168,143 worldwide and deliveries of the BMW X6 increasing by over 50% to 46,305.

 

BMW i sales increased by 65.9% in 2015 with a total of 29,513 units delivered to customers. The keys to a total of 24,057 BMW i3s were handed over to customers around the world (+49.9%) while sales of the BMW i8 reached a total of 5,456.

 

MINI achieved a new all-time annual sales record in 2015 with a total of 338,466 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 12.0% compared with the previous year. A total of 127,194 MINI 3 doors were sold around the world in 2015 (+0.2%) while 94,788 customers took delivery of a MINI 5 door. The new MINI Clubman, which went on sale in October, was delivered to 8,003 customers.

 

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW AG board member responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce commented: “We are delighted that our fresh new model range has achieved MINI’s best-ever sales result. The MINI 3 door is as popular as ever and the MINI 5 door has attracted many new customers to the brand. I am sure the new MINI Cabrio, due on the market in March, will provide further momentum going forward into 2016. Our success last year shows that the MINI is heading in the right direction.”

 

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the second highest sales record in the brand’s 112-year history. The Goodwood-based brand delivered 3,785 units (-6.8%) to customers globally during 2015. Strong sales were reported worldwide, with the exception of Mainland China where significant headwinds have impacted on the entire luxury sector. Sales were driven by the success of Wraith and Ghost family motor cars in all regions, whilst Phantom remains the company’s pinnacle product, reaffirming its status as the world’s most desirable super-luxury good. The new Rolls-Royce Dawn drophead was unveiled in September, breaking all previous records for pre-orders. First customer deliveries will take place in Q2 2016.

 

The BMW Group achieved an increase in deliveries in all major sales regions in 2015, in line with the company’s policy of striving for balanced sales around the world.

 

Almost one million BMWs and MINIs were sold in Europe in 2015. The region was a significant growth driver with annual sales totalling 999,669 (+9.4%). Many markets in the region achieved double-digit sales growth in 2015 with deliveries in Great Britain, BMW Group’s fourth largest market, up 12.7% (230,652) whilst sales in France increased 15.0% (77,577). Southern European markets also continued recovering well with sales up 19.2% (45,550) in Spain and up 12.3% (71,173) in Italy.

 

The Americas achieved a 2.8% increase in sales of BMW and MINI vehicles in 2015, with a total of 494,629 units delivered to customers in the region. In 2015, a total of 404,537 BMWs and MINIs were sold to customers in the USA (+2.2%) while sales in Canada climbed 10.1% to total 42,052 and Mexico achieved a sales increase of 17.3% (17,475).

 

In Asia, sales of BMW and MINI increased by 4.2% in 2015, with a total of 684,121 vehicles sold in the region. In 2015, a total of 463,736 BMW and MINIs were sold in Mainland China (+1.7%). In South Korea, 54,575 customers took delivery of a new BMW or MINI, an increase of 17.6%, while sales in Japan rose 8.1% to total 69,199.

 

 

Once again, BMW Motorrad also sold considerably more Motorcycles and Maxi-Scooters in 2015 than in the previous year. It was the fifth consecutive year that the BMW Group’s Motorrad segment achieved a new all-time high. With 136,963 (prev. yr. 123,495) vehicles delivered in 2015, BMW Motorrad achieved a growth of 10.9% on the previous year. In December, deliveries also increased to reach a new all-time high of 7,497 units (prev. yr. 7,032) and a growth of 6.6%.

 

 

BMW Group sales in/up to December 2015 at a glance

 

 

In December 2015

Compared with

previous year

Up to/including

December 2015

Compared with

previous year

BMW Group Automobiles

213,537

-0.8%

2,247,485

+6.1%

BMW

176,681

-0.7%

1,905,234

+5.2%

MINI

36,375

-1.1%

338,466

+12.0%

Rolls-Royce

481

-1.8%

3,785

-6.8%

BMW Motorrad

7,497

+6.6%

136,963

+10.9%

 

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In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2014 was approximately € 8.71 billion on revenues amounting to € 80.40 billion. As of 31 December 2014, the BMW Group had a workforce of 116,324 employees.

 

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2016 Dakar Rally – Day Nine, Rest Day: First week of Dakar becomes a memory as the crews rest and prepare for the second week and, arguably, the most challenging stages.

Press release

10 January 2016

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Nine, Rest Day: First week of Dakar becomes a memory as the crews rest and prepare for the second week and, arguably, the most challenging stages.

 

Drivers and co-drivers of the MINI ALL4 Racing family take time out to draw up battle plans for week two of the most arduous long distance cross-country rally race.

 

Munich. Day Nine (Rest Day). Today is classed as Rest Day within the Dakar Rally circus that is presently camped in Salta, Argentina. For the drivers and co-drivers from every manufacturer and the many teams, it is a brief chance to catch up on some sleep, receive deep muscle relaxation (and repairs) from specialist physiotherapists and discuss racing matters with team leaders and technicians.

 

Today is also marked on the Dakar calendar as the half way point for this most famous long distance cross-country rally. So far, the MINI ALL4 Racing crews should have covered 5316 racing kilometres, but the cancellation of Stage 1 and a slight reduction in distance on one of the Special Stages due to adverse weather conditions has reduced this distance.

 

However, nothing should be taken away from the Dakar’s competing crews – the Dakar Rally is the most unforgiving rally on the sport’s calendar. Nothing punishes a chassis, tyres, suspension or the people within these cars quite like Dakar. And so, this day of rest is quite all it seems. Technicians from the support squad of X-raid are busy preparing all of the MINI ALL4 Racing cars for an even tougher second week.

 

During this period of rest, drivers from the MINI ALL4 Racing family talked about their time at this year’s Dakar Rally, and what can be expected with the second week of racing.

 

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) are still the leading duo of the MINI ALL4 Racing family in the AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#300). As a pair, their experience of Dakar in 2015 ended with the overall win. As defending champions it means the world is watching and waiting to see if a repeat win is possible. Nobody can be sure, especially moving into the second week, where the coming sand and sand dunes can change everything. Nasser is more aware of this than most competitors...

 

Nasser: “The route was the same as we always do but there is incoming competition better than us. We cannot say that the route is not good but we have finished the first week and we have to see what we can do next week.”

 

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), former professional WRC driver joined the experienced Nasser in the MINI ALL4 Racing family in the later months of 2015. The 2016 Dakar Rally is his first attempt and, as such, did he take up any offered advice?

 

Hirvonen: “Our position is not bad, I’m happy that we are there in 5th after the first week, still a bit behind and we have to fight for places, but there’s another week ahead of us and maybe things can happen. I had some advice from the other MINI ALL4 Racing drivers when testing. I spoke with Nasser and Nani and they gave me advice; not so much about driving but about what to expect. Coming from WRC and knowing how hard that is, I was expecting that you go flat out everywhere here as well. But the boys explained that you can’t do that because you don’t know what’s coming. So yes, they helped me in many ways.”

 

A genuine Dakar veteran is Spain’s Joan ‘Nani’ Roma. The AXION X-raid Team driver hasn’t had the best start to the 2016 Dakar Rally but has used a lot of his driving knowledge and skill to claw back many, many positions. What are his feelings about the 2016 Dakar Rally so far?

 

Roma: “I’m pleased to be in Salta for the Rest Day and I hope next week will be the week for MINI... and also the week for me! The rain at this year’s Dakar has been really crazy and the conditions have been really strange – a strange Dakar for me and everyone!”

 

Great Britain’s Harry Hunt has the direct opposite of Dakar competition. 2016 is his first Dakar Rally but has given his all for an exceptional result of 13th overall so far.

 

“It’s been a lot wetter and not as hot as I expected,” said Hunt. “The distances and conditions of driving have been as I thought. It’s very hard, very easy to make a mistake and very hard to push. We’re only halfway through and I feel like I’ve done weeks and weeks of driving. I don’t think I would have done any different training except maybe a bit less heat training as today was quite cold but I think next week in Argentina it will get hotter. I think I prepared well and truly so can’t complain, very happy.”

 

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) has contested Dakar before but only as solo rider in the motorcycle class. 2016 is his first year on four-wheels and in the driver’s seat of the MINI ALL4 Racing of ORLEN Team.

 

Przygonski: “First week for us was really good and I’m really pleased to be here in Salta for a rest day. Until now the car is perfect, a few small problems on the course but this is the Dakar and there are always small problems. For sure for next week will be some sand, maybe dunes. I’m a little bit scared of dunes because I don’t have so much experience on dunes but we’ll see what happens.”

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Nine, Rest Day, Salta – MINI ALL 4 Racing standings to date

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

4

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

022:04:04

+00:17:36

5

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

022:19:21

+ 00:32:53

11

 

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

023:04:09

+01:17:41

12

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

023:07:31

+01:21:03

13

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

023:15:28

+01:29:00

15

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

023:37:55

+01:51:27

16

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

023:44:44

+01:58:16

17

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

023:47:16

+02:00:48

75

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

035:59:39

+14:13:11

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Eight, Stage 7: Two MINI ALL4 Racing in the top five. Top three finish for AL-Attiyah to hold fourth place overall, Hirvonen moves up to fifth.

Press release

10 January 2016

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Eight, Stage 7: Two MINI ALL4 Racing in the top five. Top three finish for AL-Attiyah to hold fourth place overall, Hirvonen moves up to fifth.

 

Three AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing finish Stage 7 in the top ten. Hirvonen joins Al-Attiyah inside the top five positions. Van Loon moves up to eleventh as he continues to push for a place inside the top ten.

 

Munich. Day Eight (Stage 7)

 

As the first half of the 2016 Dakar comes to a close with the end of stage 7, Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) hold on to fourth place overall to maintain their position as the leading duo of the MINI ALL4 Racing family. The pair drove tactically and enjoyed a late charge into third place in today’s stage to hold on to their position ahead of the Sunday rest day when all drivers and teams re-group and prepare for the final week of this year’s race.

 

“It was a good day without any problems,” said Al-Attiyah. “Today, I try to keep my position and now we’ll see what we can do in the next week of Dakar.”

 

However, Dakar rookie Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-pilot Michel Perin (FRA) in the AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing #315 continue to close in on the experienced pairing. Another good stage for the newcomers saw them improve their position in the overall standings once again, moving into fifth just behind the #300 AXION X-Raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing of Nasser. Hirvonen and Perin are embracing the challenge of their first Dakar together and attributing much of their remarkable success to strong teamwork.

 

Hirvonen: “Today’s stage didn’t actually feel so long when it was divided in two bases. The road sections were long but we were happy with the stages and had really good speed. There was quite tricky navigation in places but the set-up is working perfectly, and it’s really nice how we can find our way together. There are little lines here and there but I can still brake early enough when Michel knows where they’re coming so it’s working perfectly. We have one week behind us and I’m really happy with how it’s going; fifth position is good.”

 

Stage 7 was a long day broken down into two separate sections with a liaison in the middle to provide a small reprieve for the drivers, some of who continue to feel the effects of high altitude and tiredness. In addition, bad weather once again posed a threat, with severe thunderstorms curtailing the distance of the bikes stage but with river levels dropping in time the cars were able to complete both stages fully.

 

The competitors have now moved to Salta in Argentina for a well-earned rest day, which will enable them to organise their attack for the second half of the Dakar, get to grips with the road books and ensure that they and their cars are prepared for what may come in the next week.

 

Dutch crew Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing #306) are perfectly poised to break into the top ten positions in week two, having manoeuvred their way into 11th place overall at the end of stage 7, but competition remains high.

 

The Spanish pairing of Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro (AXION X-raid Team #304) also moved up another place and are now in 12th position.

 

Roma: Today’s stage was a long one but I prefer the longer stages because it is more suited to me. The beginning was strange; we started well, maybe not perfect, but we were going ok and I also started the second stage good, but me and Alex only realised now that we haven’t had a lot of time working together. Every day we are close together and still learning, but it’s really complicated. Alex has made a big jump, it’s really amazing, and he’s doing really well; every day he is better and better.”

 

British driver Harry Hunt and co-pilot Andreas Schulz finished the stage happy, having moved up the overall standings from 15th to 13th in the X-Raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing #323. The progress was made despite suffering a puncture in the second part of the stage.

 

Hunt: “The first part of the stage went really well; no risks, we had a really good rhythm, and me and Andy are working really well together. Then we had the second stage, which started off really well but 20k before the end we got a puncture and we were in some dust with people around us. It wasn’t too good but we can’t complain, to get a puncture in 346k is just one of those things and we’re still in 13th place overall so I’m very happy.”

 

Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) had a more difficult day after making huge progress in stage 6, while Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) / Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327) also experienced difficulties. However, both duos and Boris Garafulic (CHL) / Filipe Palmeiro (POR) continue to sit comfortably inside the top 20 with one week of competition still remaining.

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Seven, Stage 7, Uyuni - Uyuni, 723km. MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

4

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

022:04:04

+00:17:36

5

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

022:19:21

+ 00:32:53

11

 

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

023:04:09

+01:17:41

12

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

023:07:31

+01:21:03

13

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

023:15:28

+01:29:00

15

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

023:37:55

+01:51:27

16

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

023:44:44

+01:58:16

17

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

023:47:16

+02:00:48

75

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

035:59:39

+14:13:11

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Seven, Stage 6: Two MINI ALL4 Racing in the top ten. AL-Attiyah continues to hold fourth place, Hirvonen moves up to sixth.

Press release

09 January 2016

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Seven, Stage 6: Two MINI ALL4 Racing in the top ten. AL-Attiyah continues to hold fourth place, Hirvonen moves up to sixth.

 

All four MINI ALL4 Racing of AXION X-raid Team finish Stage 6 in the top ten positions. Nine MINI ALL4 Racing are in the overall top 20, six of which currently fill positions 11-16.

 

Munich. Day Seven (Stage 6)

 

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) are still the leading duo of the MINI ALL4 Racing family. At the end of Stage 6, the accomplished pairing crossed the finish point in their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#300) in fourth place. This hard fought result means they retain fourth position overall and now 15:19m behind new race leader Stéphane Peterhansel.

 

“The longer stage was nothing special,” said Al-Attiyah. “We tried to finish without any problems. We did a good job but are lacking a little speed compared to some competitors. But it is okay and we try to keep our position at number four and at least we are at the front of all the other 4x4. If we can be in the top three soon it would be fantastic for us.”

 

Dakar newcomer Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) continued his exceptional learning curve across the mountainous plains and changing terrain of Bolivia. With experienced co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) by his side, this partnership within MINI ALL4 Racing #315 came home in eighth place to take up the number six position within the top ten competitors.

 

Hirvonen: “It was a long day. We are quite happy that we didn’t have any problems, not even a puncture or anything. It was a bit more difficult to read the road than yesterday. I was not so confident to have a big attack. The car is in one piece and we are feeling ok so it wasn’t so bad. I’m happy with the way things are going. Maybe I’m a bit too careful, but that helps us not to have any problems.”

 

Stage 6 consisted of 723km of driving, of which 542km was dedicated to the Special Stage – the part of every stage where the competitors race against the clock. This 542km route happened to be the longest special section at this year’s Dakar Rally and took place 3,200-4,500 metres above sea level.

 

Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) continued to push their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#310) to the limit and net a creditable seventh place at end of Stage 6. As was expected, Terrranova moved up the order of competitors and is now placed just outside of the top ten in 11th place overall.

 

The Spanish pairing of Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro (AXION X-raid Team #304) made better time today in the thin mountain air that badly affected Roma’s effort during the start of Stage 5. By completing Stage 6 in sixth, ahead of Terranova, Roma has again made big strides up the leader board, taking four places, and is now 13th overall.

 

“I feel better – I definitely don’t feel the pain I had with yesterday’s first 100 kilometres,” said Roma. “Overnight I was stressing; I didn’t have any moment to rest or anything. But I made a good stage. I arrived behind Orly in his dust about 300 kilometres into the stage. His trail of dust had a length of about 150 metres, and so he couldn’t hear the sentinel. But I don’t like to take any risks. In the end it was ok.”

 

Dutch crew Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing #306) retain their position of leading privateer from the MINI ALL4 Racing family at position 12. But how long will the Dutch pairing remain in this position? Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) / Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327) and Harry Hunt (GBR) / Andreas Schulz (GER) in MINI ALL4 Racing #323 are less than 15 seconds behind in the overall standings.

 

During Stage 5, the crew of Lopez (ARG) / Sergio Lafuente (URU) (#351) unfortunately suffered damage after hitting a rock. The crew worked hard to make repairs to their MINI ALL4 Racing in order to complete Stage 5. They eventually did so and returned to camp very late in order to compete in Stage 6.

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Seven, Stage 6, Uyuni - Uyuni, 723km. MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

4

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

018:41:39

+00:15:19

6

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

018:56:11

+ 00:29:51

11

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

019:25:09

+00:58:49

12

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

019:29:33

+01:03:13

13

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

014:41:12

+01:14:52

14

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

019:44:05

+01:17:45

15

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

019:44:16

+01:17:56

16

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

020:02:25

+01:36:05

19

Adam Malysz (POL)

Xavier Panseri (FRA)

325

ORLEN Team

0020:09:45

+01:22:29

81

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

0032:15:43

+13:49:23

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

BMW Motorrad USA Posts Record Sales for 2015

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 8, 2016… BMW Motorrad USA has set a new all-time year-end sales record. With 16,330 units sold in 2015, BMW motorcycle sales grew 9.3 percent above the total 14,945 units sold in 2014.

The S 1000 RR supersports bike, featured in the film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, was BMW’s best-selling model (accounting for 13.3 percent of total 2015 volume). Other best-selling models included the ever-popular R 1200 GS Adventure (12.2 percent of total volume) and the R 1200 GS (11.5 percent of total volume).

The S 1000 R power roadster and BMW’s first adventure sports bike -- the new S 1000 XR Adventure – also bolstered annual sales in the BMW Motorrad S-Series model range.

The classic customizable R nineT was one of the top performing models in December with 138 units delivered, and in combination with the new R 1200 RS sport tourer, helped grow flat-twin engine R-Series model retails by 21 percent to 575 units compared to 477 in December 2014. BMW’s F-Series middleweight machine sales grew by 11 percent in the month with sales of 235 units compared to 211 in December 2014.

“New and loyal customers; a broad, continuously enhanced model lineup; a high-performing dealer network; and accolades from the motorcycle press contributed to record growth for BMW Motorcycles in the United States, BMW Motorrad’s strongest export market,” commented Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.

BMW earned four “Best of 2015” awards from Motorcycle.com, and it was the only manufacturer to garner three coveted categories in Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards. (See 2015 Awards below)

According to Odwarka, BMW’s robust product offensive will continue in 2016 with introduction of the R nineT Scrambler, the new BMW G 310 R – the first BMW roadster under 500 cc – and the new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters in the urban mobility segment.

 

2015 Awards

 

Motorcycle.com              4 “Best of” Awards

BMW R 1200 RT                Best Sport-Touring Motorcycle (2nd year in a row and 2015 Reader’s Choice Sport-Touring Winner)

BMW S 1000 RR                Best Sportbike

BMW K 1600 GT/GTL        Best Touring Motorcycle (3rd year in a row)

BMW R 1200 R                   Best Standard Motorcycle (Honorable Mention)

 

Motorcyclist                      3 “Best of” Awards

BMW S 1000 RR                Best Sportbike (last year Honorable Mention)

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure          Best Adventure Bike (2nd year in a row)

BMW R 1200 RT                Best Touring Bike (2nd year in a row)

 

UltimateMotorCycling   Top 10 Motorcycles of 2015 | Editor’s Choice

BMW R 1200 R                   #8 Among Top 10 Motorcycles for 2015

 

Rider                                2015 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Award

BMW R 1200 R                   One of 10 Contenders for 2015

 

Bloomberg Business       Best New Motorcycles for Spring

BMW R NineT                     One of 13 Best New Motorcycles for Spring 2015

 

BMW Group In America

 

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 124 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

 

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2016 Dakar Rally – Day Six, Stage 5: Al-Attiyah and Baumel charge across the mountains to Bolivia and sit comfortably in fourth place. Hirvonen maintains seventh place.

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Six, Stage 5: Al-Attiyah and Baumel charge across the mountains to Bolivia and sit comfortably in fourth place. Hirvonen maintains seventh place.

 

Bad weather conditions reduce the final leg distance. Terranova poised to break into top ten – three more MINI ALL4 Racing crews on course to join him.

 

Munich. Day Six (Stage 5) saw the Dakar Rally competitors race at the highest altitude ever known in the history of the Dakar on their way to crossing the border into Bolivia.

 

For the leading MINI ALL4 Racing (#300) crew of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA), Stage 5 also brought some fast and furious racing. After maintaining a constant third through six of the eight waypoints, the final stretch to the finish point eventually left Al-Attiyah and his AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing in fourth place at the line. This result now places the defending Dakar champions fourth overall with eight stages remaining.

 

“We do our best and try to push,” said Al-Attiyah. “But it really was not easy to follow because the front car is quite fast. But we are happy with what we do until now. There’s still a long way to go and I hope to have a good result. We will continue to push and push.”

 

As expected, the overnight Marathon stage, where no outside technical assistance is allowed, caused no problems for the race-proven MINI ALL4 Racing cars. Once again Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) in the #315 MINI ALL4 Racing set out across the high mountainous landscape to strengthen their position in the overall standings.

 

True to form Hirvonen drove a perfectly executed race to consolidate his seventh place overall. If there was a possibility of making up a place then it was lost with the enforced reduction in distance from waypoint 8 to the finish line. To shorten the last section to 321km was, in fact, a good decision by Dakar officials because serious storm movements at the finish line could have played havoc with what was a good day’s competition.

 

Hirvonen: “I’m quite happy with this stage. We had one puncture and lost a little time and then we stayed a long time in the dust of other competitors. So we could have, I think, been two or three minutes faster. I’m definitely driving more bravely than yesterday. Learning, improving... it all makes for a better stage. I enjoyed today’s stage the most so far.”

 

The other two AXION X-raid Team crews also had reason to smile after Stage 5. The Argentinean duo of Orlando Terranova / Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (#310) pushed hard to pick up yet more positions. Completing Stage 5 in 10th now puts this determined crew 12th overall.

 

Terranova: “A nice stage that started on nice roads. We pushed and caught ‘Nani’ and after 40 kilometres I started to get a headache from the altitude. Then Nani pushed hard and it was more difficult for us from there on. The car is in one-piece, which is important because of the long day tomorrow.”

 

Spanish duo Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro (#304) also set about making up lost ground. By taking on the thin mountain air, rocks and undulating surface they completed Stage 5 in 12th. This effort saw them lift up the leader board from 15th to 12th overall. This was a good result considering Roma felt the effects of the high altitude.

 

“Today I felt really bad,” said Roma. “I started with a lot of pain in my head and the first 50 kilometres I drove really bad. I didn’t drive well; I didn’t feel the car or feel like myself. It was so much pain it was unbelievable. But then I take one tablet and only for the last 100 kilometre I drive well. But no, I don’t feel happy about today.”

 

Threatening to break into the top ten alongside Terranova is a charging group of MINI ALL4 Racing privateers. Dutch crew Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing #306) are comfortable in 13th, just 3:26m ahead of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327). Dakar first-timer Harry Hunt (GBR) is gaining in Dakar experience with every kilometre and currently lies 14th overall.

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Six, Stage 5, San Salvador de Juyjuy - Uyuni, 638km. MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

4

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

013:31:41

+00:14:16

7

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

013:40:49

+ 00:23:24

12

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

014:10:56

+00:53:31

13

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

014:11:41

+00:54:16

14

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

014:15:01

+00:57:36

15

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

014:15:14

+00:57:49

17

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

014:29:04

+01:11:39

18

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

014:30:36

+01:13:11

20

Adam Malysz (POL)

Xavier Panseri (FRA)

325

ORLEN Team

0014:39:54

+01:22:29

TBA

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

 

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Five, Stage 4: MINI ALL4 Racing now in top three. A determined but consistent race reaps Al-Attiyah and Baumel third place overall

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Five, Stage 4: MINI ALL4 Racing now in top three. A determined but consistent race reaps Al-Attiyah and Baumel third place overall.

 

Nine MINI ALL4 Racing take up residency in the top 20, of which five make up the top 15. Terranova and Roma fight back to reclaim positions.

 

Munich. Day Five (Stage 4) ended on a high for reigning Dakar champions Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) when they took their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 racing (#300) to fourth place at the finish point. Today’s result now puts this remarkable duo in third position overall and within striking distance of leader Sebastien Loeb.

 

To say the pair had a consistent but fast race on the first high altitude stage is an understatement – staying within the top five group at every waypoint along the 429km Special Stage. Al-Attiyah will now look to reducing the 11:09m time variation on Stage 5, the second part of the first Marathon stage.

 

“I was pushing from the beginning,” said Al-Attiyah. “We were really fast in CP1, but after that we lost a lot of time in a straight line because of the bumps. We are going strong but we never know what is coming tomorrow... and there are still more days to come!

 

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) in the #315 MINI ALL4 Racing didn’t fare as well as they have done in the previous three stages. They completed Stage 4 in 12th. The knock-on effect of this is a slip of three places to seventh overall and a good place to be given that this is Hirvonen’s first attempt at the infamous Dakar Rally.

 

Hirvonen: “Nothing special happened today; in fact it was quite a boring stage in a way. 200k absolutely flat out in sixth gear... so I wasn’t enjoying it. When it’s fast like that over the bumps I lose a little time. In the end of that stage we had an absolutely straight 70km section. I hope it’s more technical tomorrow.”

 

With Stage 4 being the first full distance leg of racing at this year’s Dakar Rally – the first day without any major weather-related problems – all of the competitors had the opportunity to stretch their legs and cars. Possibly none more so than the AXION X-raid Team crews of Argentinean pairing Orlando Terranova / Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (#310) and Spanish duo Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro (#304).

 

With a fantastic display of cross-country rally driving using all their time-served skills, Terranova and Roma pushed their MINI ALL4 Racing hard. Terranova claimed another eight positions from yesterday, moving from 23rd to 15th overall. Roma nearly mirrored this achievement by jumping from 30th to 23rd.

 

“The start was difficult because we made a mistake at 3km and lost one minute,” said Terranova. “We lost some more minutes because it was risky to overtake. Also my body was worse than last year. Maybe there was less oxygen in this area and it made it difficult.”

 

Currently six MINI ALL4 Racing privateers have taken command of positions 10-20. The highest placed crew is that of Dutch pairing Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing #306). Their considerable Dakar experience will surely be tested to the full over the coming days by the remainder of the MINI ALL4 Racing family, all of which are currently breathing down the Dutch duo’s necks...

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Five, Stage 4, San Salvador de Juyjuy - San Salvador de Juyjuy, 429km. MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

3

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

009:56:00

+00:11:09

7

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

010:00:33

+ 00:15:42

13

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

010:24:50

+00:39:59

14

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

010:26:53

+00:42:02

15

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

010:28:07

+00:43:16

17

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

010:31:39

+00:46:48

18

Adam Malysz (POL)

Xavier Panseri (FRA)

325

ORLEN Team

0010:32:58

+00:48:07

19

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

010:35:54

+00:51:03

20

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

010:39:12

+00:54:21

23

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

010:45:57

+01:01:56

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

BMW Team RLL to Race with Numbers 25 and 100 in 2016.

First Official Test at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

 

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 7, 2016… BMW Team RLL will debut both of its new BMW M6 GTLM class challengers this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona three-day test gets underway for competitors in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

This year is a historic one for The Ultimate Driving Machine® as Bavarian Motor Works celebrates its 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion one of the M6 machines will race with the number 100. The second M6 will continue to race the number 25 in honor of 3.0 CSL from BMW Motorsport’s first season racing in the US in 1975. 2016 also marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s first overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona with a 3.0 CSL driven by Brian Redman and Peter Gregg.

 

The two M6 machines will run in bare carbon fiber for the Roar this weekend. BMW will debut the 2016 commemorative liveries during the week leading up to the Rolex 24.

 

All eight of the drivers named to race in this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona will participate in the Roar test. Season-long drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner will be joined by BMW Motorsport DTM drivers Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler in the No. 25 M6. John Edwards and Lucas Luhr will have the honor of driving the No. 100 M6 in 2016. They will be supported by Kuno Wittmer and IndyCar star Graham Rahal at the Rolex 24.

The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes the green flag on January 30th at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

 

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 149 BMW motorcycle retailers, 124 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

The BMW Group

With its three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.  As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2014, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.118 million cars and 123,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2013 was euro 7.91 billion on revenues amounting to approximately euro 76.06 billion. As of 31 December 2013, the BMW Group had a workforce of 110,351 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan, has been competing for over two decades. Prior to the start of their 25th season of competition in 2016, the team has compiled 37 victories, 49 poles, 144 podium finishes, three series championships (1992, 2010, 2011) and claimed an Indianapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. The following year the team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category and swept all three GT titles - Manufacturer, Team and Driver – in 2011. In 2012 the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. The 2014 season brought a new challenge with the creation of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the team finished on the podium six times including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team earned three wins, two poles and a total of eight podium finishes to finish second in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships. Prior to the start of the 2016 season BMW Team RLL had won 13 races, 20 poles and 57 podium finishes.

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