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Filed under: Motorsports, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz didn’t just win the Formula One World Championship in 2014 – it positively dominated it. The team won all but three of the grands prix this season, scoring a one-two finish at more than half of them and landing at least one car on the podium at every race without exception. It goes without saying, then, that the German automaker thrives on competition, but now it’s welcoming even more.

Speaking with Germany’s Sport Bild at its homecoming celebration in Stuttgart, Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche welcomed Mercedes’ biggest rivals Audi and BMW to join it on the F1 grid. Noting that the three German brands share some 80 percent of the market for luxury automobiles, Zetsche said that F1 would make a natural arena of competition for Mercedes, Audi and BMW to fight for top bragging rights. The three currently compete against each other in front of home audiences in the DTM touring car series – effectively Germany’s equivalent to NASCAR – but of the ten races held this year, the majority were in Germany itself, and all of them took place in Europe.

BMW last competed in F1 when it bought the Sauber team in 2006, but withdrew from the series in 2009. Despite its progenitor Auto Union having fielded the famous Silver Arrows in pre-war grand prix racing, Audi has never been a player in modern F1 racing, though recent rumors have linked it to a potential foray – spurred by the arrival of sister-company Porsche on its home turf at Le Mans, the departure of several of its key endurance drivers and the hiring of former Scuderia Ferrari chief Stefano Domenicali. Porsche had similarly considered an F1 program before getting the go-ahead to compete with Audi at Le Mans.

As for the prospect of Mercedes competing in other international racing series, Zetsche added that year-long preparations for 24 hours of racing at Le Mans didn’t present a good cost-benefit ratio in his estimation, but that Formula E (where Audi currently supports a quasi-works entry) would be worth a closer look.

Mercedes chief invites Audi, BMW to compete in F1 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Performance, BMW, Honda, Misc. Auto Shows, Motorcycle

2c402015 Honda RC213V S prototype 01 opt Five bikes from EICMA you need to know about

Each and every year, the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers gather together in Milan, Italy to show off the latest and greatest machinery that will soon be offered to dealerships the world over. It’s called EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori), and this year’s crop of new motorcycles is just as exciting as ever.

We’ve selected five of the coolest motorcycles shown at this week’s show, including models from Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. Join us down below for a high-performance, two-wheeled Italian journey.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, Videos, BMW, Racing, BMW Top News Black

e88bm3 air Watch this BMW take flight at Viru Rally

An E36 BMW 3 Series might be a good choice for a lot of purposes – a long road trip, a track day, rallycross, impressing your friends… but a full-on rally? It’s rear-drive when the best rally machines are front- or all-wheel drive. But that didn’t stop Pritt Koik and Alari-Uku Heldna from entering their stripped-out E36 in the Viru Rally in Estonia… or from getting some big air time when they did.

Fortunately the jump was not just caught on video… it was caught on video from three angles: two from the side of the rally stage and one from inside the cockpit. Check out all three below to see how this particular BMW got back into the aircraft business.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Classics, Performance, Videos, BMW, Racing, TV/Movies

fd53Adrenalin Trailer Video History of BMW touring cars looks splendid in Adrenalin trailer

More high-quality documentaries about the history of motorsports are always welcome. When thinking about racing, we generally focus on moving forward to go a little faster or shave a tenth of a second off a lap. There’s not much time to look backward. It’s too bad, because there are so many fantastic stories from the sport’s history. Thankfully, an upcoming doc is taking on the challenge of telling some of these tales, and it looks like a movie not to miss, especially for BMW fans.

Adrenalin – The BMW Touring Car Story mixes high-quality, vintage footage with new interviews from many of the drivers of these machines to craft what looks like a fantastic experience. Covering the period from the ’60s to the modern DTM era, just the trailer shows racing from the 2002, 3.0 CSL and of course the E30 chassis M3 of the ’80s. You also get to hear from legends behind the wheel like Hans-Joachim Stuck, Johnny Cecotto and Joachim Winkelhock telling their stories.

Adrenalin comes out in November on DVD, Blu-Ray and on-demand. Check out its trailer above for a taste at what it’s aiming for. The documentary definitely looks like one to watch.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Crossover, BMW, Luxury

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First Drive: 2015 BMW X61f9b2015 bmw x6 fd What you missed on 10.13.14

The sweptback roofline with an SUV footprint has befuddled some observers and bewitched some buyers, ever since BMW added its X6 Sports Activity Coupe to the lineup. For the 2015 model year, the X6 enters a new generation of technology, luxurious insides and power, though it’s hard to tell from the sheet metal. Drive along with us as we take our first steer of the bi-polar BMW, here.

Red light cameras down, speed camera use up4c03471009841 What you missed on 10.13.14

The last few decades have seen drivers across the globe face the realities of remote traffic policing. While both red light cameras and the speed-calculating kind are still less prevalent in some areas of the US than in Europe, their use cannot be denied. Yet, the most recent reports seem to indicate that one version of this electronic constabulary is more successful than the other, and is looking at a positive growth trend in years to come. Speeders beware.

F1 Race Recap: 2014 Russian Grand Prix7ff1rgp01 What you missed on 10.13.14

As is the case with so many tilts in the Formula One universe, the winner in this year’s Russian Grand Prix was almost immediately obvious. Good thing for fans of the sport then that the second-place finisher was a tremendous surprise, and there was plenty of action in the middle of the pack. Spoiler alert: if you haven’t watched the race by now, why are you reading this?

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What you missed on 10.13.14 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Concept Cars, Motorsports, Performance, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Toys/Games, Racing, SRT

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Much like a real conflict, the console wars being waged between Microsoft and Sony spill into a number of different battlefields and theaters. Home to some of the fiercest fighting is the racing genre, which sees Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport series go head-to-head with Sony’s Gran Turismo series. While there’s been plenty of press about Forza, GT has just struck back with some news that we aren’t sure Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft can match.

When Gran Turismo 6 arrives on the Playstation 4 on December 6, it’s with the promise of a huge suite of free, downloadable content featuring some of the finest cars from manufacturers, design houses and brands from across the globe. The staggered release will see the free content distributed from 2013 to 2014, although it’s unclear just how many cars will be distributed in total or in each car pack.

Vision includes concepts from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, SRT, and Volkswagen, along with vehicles from legendary design studios like Bertone, Italdesign Giugiaro, and Zagato. Following in the footsteps of previous GT games, global brands like Nike will take part as well. Conspicuous by absence are past GT partners Citroen and Red Bull, although we doubt that this is a comprehensive list. We’re expecting plenty of surprises when DLC starts arriving.

This news is a blow to the Forza series, which while impressive in its own right (and this author’s preferred title), has seemingly struggled to have the same degree of legitimacy and exclusivity inherent in the titles from Polyphony. Gran Turismo 6 is slated for a December 6 debut. Check back here for more info and a full write-up of the new game before then. Until then, scroll down for a trailer on Vision Gran Turismo and a complete press release from Polyphony.

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Gran Turismo 6 to get exclusive concept cars from Aston, BMW, Nike and more originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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