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Cao Fei and John Baldessari to create the next BMW Art Cars

Racing tradition to be continued with the BMW M6 GT3

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Munich/New York. Following commissions by Jenny Holzer (1999), Olafur Elíasson (2007) and Jeff Koons (2010), the BMW Art Car series will now be continued. On the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary, a jury of distinguished museum directors and curators chose two internationally renowned artists to design one car each. Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) and American artist John Baldessari (*1931) will be the youngest and the oldest artist represented in the collection respectively. On November 19 and in the presence of the artists, Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, announced the collaboration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in front of 150 select guests. Both artists will create a BMW M6 GT3 in the coming year. The newly-designed vehicles will then be presented in museums in 2017, while also having to prove themselves on the racetrack. “On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the BMW Art Car Collection, it is time to look ahead. The collection is the embodiment of the cultural commitment of the BMW Group – its vehicles stand for the combination of cutting-edge technology and inspiring art. We are very proud to expand the series with two works by such renowned artists,” said Ian Robertson during the presentation.

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Triple podium for Scott McLaughlin and Volvo at Phillip Island

Scott McLaughlin claimed a triple podium finish for Volvo Polestar Racing at the Phillip Island Super Sprint.

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”It has been an awesome weekend. Our pace has been great and this is really something for us to build on ahead of 2016,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin qualified on pole position for the second race and was entangled in a fight for the lead in all three races with Red Bull Racing team mates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

The first race saw the Kiwi young-gun take third position, behind Lowndes and Whincup. In race two McLaughlin took second place in the Volvo S60 crossing the line just 1.3 seconds behind reigning champion Whincup.

McLaughlin started from fourth position on the grid for the final race. Making a strong start he claimed the lead not long into the race putting the Volvo eight seconds clear of Lowndes Red Bull Holden. A delay in the final pit stop however saw him dropping one place to Lowndes, taking the chequered flag just two seconds behind the triple eight car. Continue reading Triple podium for Scott McLaughlin and Volvo at Phillip Island

Volvo Cars unveils Concept 26, delivering the luxury of time

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Volvo Cars’ ongoing research into autonomous driving has confirmed what we all know – that the daily commute is taking the joy out of driving. It is during the commute and on long-haul motorway trips that people are most willing to delegate the act of driving to their car.

With this in mind Volvo has developed Concept 26, named to reflect the average daily commute to work of 26 minutes – time that could be spent doing something more meaningful than sitting in stop-go traffic. Volvo has set out to bring choice and freedom back to the driver; to enjoy the driving experience when they want to, or to delegate driving to the car when they want to do something else. Continue reading Volvo Cars unveils Concept 26, delivering the luxury of time

25 years of 3D printing at the BMW Group: Pioneers in additive manufacturing methods

  • 100,000 components annually on average
  • Major potential in future series production and for customized vehicle parts
  • New CLIP technology already in use

Munich. The BMW Group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the introduction of additive manufacturing at the company these days. The additive manufacturing methods, which are becoming more well known under the collective term of ‘3D printing’, are among the key production methods of the future. Continue reading 25 years of 3D printing at the BMW Group: Pioneers in additive manufacturing methods

All Grown Up: The New MINI Clubman

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The evolution of the MINI range continues with the arrival of the new MINI Clubman.
Introducing a new shooting brake-inspired concept to the premium compact segment, the new Clubman makes considerable advances over its predecessor, offering spaciousness, practicality and trademark MINI driving fun.
Starting from $34,900*, the new MINI Clubman is available in two variants, the three-cylinder, 1.5 litre Cooper and four-cylinder, 2.0 litre Cooper S, with both models accompanied by a raft of features as standard equipment.
General Manager, MINI Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, said the arrival of the versatile new Clubman continues the ongoing renewal of the MINI product range.
“Since 1969, the MINI Clubman has stood alongside our hatch models as an enduring symbol of this famous brand,” Bruesewitz said. Continue reading All Grown Up: The New MINI Clubman

Stunning ‘Split Window’ Microbus with ‘no reserve’ at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction

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Two stunning restored ‘Split Window’ VW ‘Kombis’
Very cool Series I VW Karmann Ghia
A comprehensively-restored 1967 ‘Split Window’ Volkswagen Microbus that looks as good underneath as its stunning upper bodywork is being offered with ‘no reserve’ at Shannons Summer Auction in Melbourne on Monday (November 23).
The two-owner, Australian-assembled and right hand drive 11-window Kombi enjoyed just one long-term owner from new before being acquired by its current keeper around 10 years ago. Continue reading Stunning ‘Split Window’ Microbus with ‘no reserve’ at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction

Audi Sport customer racing driver Christopher Mies claims the 2015 Australian GT driver’s Championship

  • Christopher Mies gives Jamec PEM Racing reason to cheer at finale
  • Trophy class title for Audi drivers Taylor/Mawer

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A successful weekend in New Zealand rounded off an excellent 2015 for Audi Sport customer racing team Jamec PEM Racing. Thanks to its driver Christopher Mies, the Australian team won the drivers’ title in the domestic GT championship. Overall victory in the Trophy class also went to Audi.

Nine from nine possible top-ten positions including three victories – following a consistently strong season, it was Christopher Mies who travelled as Australian GT Championship leader to the finale at the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand. In the first race, the German, who shared an Audi R8 LMS ultra fielded by Jamec PEM Racing with Ryan Millier, wrapped up the title at the first opportunity after taking fourth place. Continue reading Audi Sport customer racing driver Christopher Mies claims the 2015 Australian GT driver’s Championship

The BMW i3 turns two. Time for an interim review

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In Germany the BMW i3 has been the best-selling electric car since it was launched. In the worldwide ranking it stands third.

Munich. Two years after it went on sale, the BMW i3 has established itself at the pinnacle of its segment worldwide. In Germany, one in every four electrically-powered vehicles sold since then has been a BMW i3, globally it is one in 10. In the listings of the most popular EV models, the BMW i3 occupies third place on a world-wide basis since its market launch in November 2013. The most important single market for the all-electric five-door is the USA, where it ranks third as well. In Norway the BMW i3 has been the best-selling model across the entire BMW range in the current year.
(Source for all market data: POLK / IHS per 3Q/2015) Continue reading The BMW i3 turns two. Time for an interim review

Scott McLaughlin keen to repeat Phillip Island success with Volvo S60

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin is keen to repeat his 2014 performance at the Phillip Island Super Sprint this weekend.

“We won two races here last year and I really think we can do it again. We have had a few poles this year and now we need to capitalise on making a good start and winning the race,” said McLaughlin.

The fast and challenging Phillip Island circuit has proven to suit the Volvo S60, with McLaughlin claiming a pole and two out of three victories in 2014.

“The Volvo is the probably the best car I have ever driven there or at any track. So, heading there with the most confidence ahead of a weekend all year. It is important to build on for next year and I think this is where we can start that,” said McLaughlin.

With two remaining race weekends left in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship, David Wall is looking to secure a strong result this weekend.

“This is a fast and flowing track that rewards you in some areas but can punish you in others. Car balance is as always critical. I’m looking forward to getting there in car 34 and see what we can make of it. We have two rounds left to try and get the team on our side of the garage a result that we are all happy with,” said Wall.

The Phillip Island 400 weekend starts on Friday with two practice sessions, followed by qualifying and the first two races on Saturday and a final race on Sunday.

Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013