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BMW Active Hybrid e-bike

It might just look like a regular old commuter bike with an unusually robust body, but BMW Lifestyle writing the next chapter in the success story of the BMW Bikes Collection and demonstrates once again how innovative technology and sophisticated design can come together into an aesthetically pleasing overall concept.

It might just look like a regular old commuter bike with an unusually robust body, but BMW Lifestyle writing the next chapter in the success story of the BMW Bikes Collection and demonstrates once again how innovative technology and sophisticated design can come together into an aesthetically pleasing overall concept.

The BMW Active Hybrid e-bike is equipped with a comprehensively revised drive concept, which makes its presence felt in the form of a significant power boost. The advanced Brose electric motor can be activated as required to supplement the rider’s pedal power. Producing output of 250 W and 90 Nm (66 lb-ft) of torque, the motor injects extra dynamism and serves up the agility for which BMW is renowned. Providing the energy for the electric pedal assistance – over a range of up to 100 km (62 miles) – is a removable 504 Wh battery. The rider can adjust the degree of pedal assistance with ease via the new display; four different power modes (from ECO (+50%) to TURBO (+275%)) can be selected up to a maximum 25 km/h (16 mph). Plus, the micro USB socket and Bluetooth function allow customers to hook their smartphone up to the bike.

 

The LED light integrated into the aluminium mudguard over the rear wheel maximises safety and adds a further design flourish.

 

 

Saddling up securely with the eZone.

E-bikes not only deliver an inimitable riding experience, they also place very specific demands on their saddles. Which is why saddle maker Selle Royale commissioned BMW Group subsidiary Designworks to develop the first-ever saddle tailored specifically to the requirements of e-bikers. The innovative form of the “eZone” (on sale since September) is based on a zonal concept fine-tuned to the particular attributes of e-bikes and the need profiles of their riders. A short nose, a rising seat surface at the rear and moving side wings create a stable seating position and improve balance when pushing off and braking. And they also ensure safety in typical e-bike acceleration situations. The eZone likewise convinces with an increase in comfort courtesy of three-zone padding featuring 3D Skingel and Royal Gel. Meanwhile, the fibreglass handle integrated into the underside of the saddle makes the bike easier to move around; e-bikes are often heavier than classic bicycles on account of their drive module.

 

The BMW Active Hybrid e-bike is now available from selected BMW dealers. All other models in the BMW bicycle range and related equipment can be purchased online at http://shop.bmw.com/.

Manufacturer’s recommended retail price:

BMW Active Hybrid e-bike: EUR 3,400.00




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BMW model upgrade for the autumn of 2017

Autumn of 2017, BMW model upgrade.

 Courtesy of BMW Group

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

Parallel to the start of the largest model initiative in the history of the brand, BMW is also increasing the attractiveness and diversity within the range of existing series with a multitude of new features being introduced in the autumn of 2017. From November 2017, the new BMW M550d xDrive Touring and the new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo will become available, whilst as from December 2017, two new petrol engine variants will be offered for the new BMW X3. Furthermore, the choice of special equipment features for the new BMW X3 will be complemented by exclusive exterior and interior options by BMW Individual.

The BMW X1 xDrive20d will in future come with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. Moreover, as from November 2017, the range of optional light alloy wheels for the compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will be complemented by five new variants. In addition to the introduction of the BMW Connected Services Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business, the upgrade of BMW Connected+ with new personalized digital mobility services will ensure further advancement in the field of intelligent networking. Starting in the autumn of 2017, the number of cities in which the digital parking space search service On-Street Parking Information can be utilized will increase even further.


 

BMW M550d xDrive Touring.

New BMW M Performance model: BMW M550d xDrive Touring featuring the most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine available worldwide.

From November 2017, the fleet of exceptionally sporty BMW M Performance automobiles will be complemented by a fascinatingly powerful but also an impressively efficient model variant of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The new BMW M550d xDrive Touring will feature the most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine available worldwide. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology used on the 3-litre, straight six-cylinder power unit comprises multi-stage charging with four turbochargers and Common Rail direct injection operating at a maximum pressure of more than 2,500 bar. A maximum power output of 294 kW/400 hp and a peak torque of 760 Nm available between 2, 000 and 3, 000 rpm ensure spontaneous response and constant power delivery across the entire speed range.

The BMW M550d xDrive Touring brings its exceptional engine performance to the tarmac via an 8-speed sports transmission and intelligent rear-wheel oriented four-wheel drive technology and accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The sporty diesel engine convinces not only with highly responsive performance characteristics but also with impressive fuel economy. Combined fuel consumption of the new BMW M550d xDrive Touring is between 6.7 and 6.4 liters per 100 km.

Included in the standard equipment range for the BMW M550d xDrive Touring are, inter alia, an M sports suspension, Integral Active Steering and model-specific exterior and interior features. Moreover, 19-inch M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres and the M sports brake system underscore the BMW M Performance model’s dynamic character.

 

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Superior and efficient: The new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo.

As from November 2017, the model range of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will be extended with the production start of a second diesel engine variant. The new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo combines sporty performance and supreme ride comfort with a high level of efficiency. Its 3-litre straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology features multi-stage charging with variable intake geometry for the high and low-pressure chargers as well as Common Rail direct injection. It delivers 235 kW/320 hp and a maximum torque of 680 Nm.

In conjunction with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and the intelligent four-wheel drive system xDrive, the powerful diesel engine allows the new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo to accelerate from 0 to100 km/h in 5.3 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is between 6.2 and 5.8 liters per 100 km, with corresponding CO2 emission levels of 163 to 153 grams per km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

 

The BMW X3: Starting with two additional engines and special equipment features by BMW Individual.

In December 2017, just a few weeks after the market launch of the new BMW X3, two four-cylinder petrol engines are to be added to the drive portfolio. In addition to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with Twin Scroll turbo charger, High Precision Injection, fully variable valve control VALVETRONIC and variable camshaft control Double VANOS, both 2-litre power units also boast a weight-optimised design and a new engine encapsulation system for optimising acoustic characteristics and warm-up behaviour. They come as standard with the combination of an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and intelligent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive

The engine featured in the new BMW X3 xDrive20i delivers a maximum power output of 135 kW/184 hp and a peak torque of 290 Nm. The car’s sporty characteristics are reflected in an acceleration of 8.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, an exceptionally economical average fuel consumption of between 7.3 and 7.1 liters per 100 km and CO2 emission levels of 168 to 163 grams per km. The second petrol engine delivers a power output of 185 kW/252 hp and 350 Nm of torque, allowing the new BMW X3 xDrive30i to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is between 7.3 and 7.2 liters per 100 km with CO2 emission levels of 168 to 164 grams per km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

The extra dose of luxury and exclusiveness added to the new BMW X3’s character is also reflected in the extensive range of products offered by BMW Individual. The BMW Individual body colour variant Sun Stone metallic effectively accentuates the powerfully modelled surfaces of the Sports Activity Vehicle in a most impressive manner. The sophisticated interior ambience is created by the BMW Individual upgraded leather trim Merino in the colour combinations Fiona Red/Black, Ivory White and Tartufo, door sills bearing the BMW Individual lettering and BMW Individual interior trim strips in a black piano gloss finish.

BMW X3

 

BMW X1 xDrive20d now with 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, new light alloy wheels for the compact SAV.

Starting November 2017, the 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder engine in the BMW X1 xDrive20d will come as standard in conjunction with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, allowing the compact SAV to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. Average fuel consumption of the BMW X1 xDrive20d is between 4.8 and 4.7 litres per 100 km.

 

BMW X1

BMW X1

 

 

Enhanced networking and productivity inside the vehicle: Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business, On-Street Parking Information in further European cities.

With the integrated function Microsoft Office 365, BMW is the first manufacturer to offer a safe server connection for the exchange and processing of emails, calendar entries and contact data. This function allows direct transfer of addresses from calendar entries into the navigation system and selection of telephone numbers via the connected mobile telephone. Moreover, from the end of September 2017, it will be possible to use the Unified Communication solution Skype for Business from Microsoft inside the car. This service is also fully integrated into the onboard iDrive control system. Upcoming telephone conferences are automatically identified. It is possible to participate simply by pressing the controller. During the journey, the name of those taking part in the discussion can be shown on the Control Display. The new BMW ConnectedDrive service will first be available in Germany, Great Britain and France. Additional countries are to follow at the end of 2017.

From the autumn of 2017, the number of European cities in which the unique On-Street Parking Information service, which assists the driver in finding a free parking space at the roadside, will be extended even further. The digital parking space finder, which is available in conjunction with the Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) service for all current BMW models, can be also used in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö as well as in the French cities of Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Nantes and Toulouse. Moreover, the cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast in the UK have been added to this list.

 

BMW Connected with new services.

The intelligent networking of the vehicle and the driver’s Smartphone will be further intensified with the service package BMW Connected+. Since July 2017 the extended range of digital services has been available for all current BMW models and BMW i models and comprises the highly personalised and simple display of Smartphone contents inside the car as well as new mobility services.

 

 


 

The BMW 530d xDrive Touring as police patrol car.

 


 




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Malaysia GP 2017 – Race Result

About time Max!

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 56
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 56
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 56
4 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 56
5 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 56
6 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 56
7 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 55
8 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 55
11 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 55
12 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 55
13 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 55
14 10 Pierre Gasly TORO ROSSO 55
15 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 55
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 55
17 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 55
18 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 54
NC 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 29
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 0
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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

Infographics

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Wet or dry?



 

Post photo:

Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia.
Saturday 30 September 2017.
Romain Grosjean, Haas VF-17.
World Copyright: Andrew Hone/LAT Images
ref: Digital Image _ONY3521

 


 

 




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Horner confirms Aston Martin deal

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a ground breaking hypercar.

 
Courtesy of Red Bull Racing

 

 

Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing confirm Aston Martin as title partner from 2018.

Eighteen months after launching an Innovation Partnership that led to the redefinition of automotive possibility with the game-changing Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, Red Bull Racing is set to similarly redefine the Formula One grid with the announcement that the iconic sports car brand Aston Martin is to become its title partner from 2018 onwards, with the team competing as ‘Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’.

The strengthened ties between the two brands are far more than a skin-deep exercise, with the expanded technical partnership taking concrete form in the shape of a new Advanced Performance Centre being established at Red Bull Racing’s campus later this year.

The new Centre will create 110 new jobs-housing Aston Martin’s design and engineering personnel responsible for future sports cars from the two companies. The new centre will allow a closer working relationship between the two leading brands in their respective fields which will see the adoption of both F1 and road car technology.

Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing said: “Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018. In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”

Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer, added: “Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula One provides. The power unit discussions (in Formula One) are of interest to us, but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.”

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting-edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a groundbreaking hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the first in a line of new products to be born of this Innovation Partnership and will make its first run in 2018 before being delivered to customers in 2019.

Aston Martin will feature prominently across the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team from the start of the 2018 season.

 

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Singapore GP – Race Result

Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on the victory in the race today, well done in a “strange” race.

The result can be found below.


 

Starting tires:

 

What a mess at the start.

Kimi, Max, Vettel’s fault or just a race incident?

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Standings after lap 2:

Alonso manages to continue the race after the hard hit he took from Max, just after the start crash Vettel spins around and destroy the car on what seems to be cooling liquid or gear oil leaking from the damaged Ferrari.

 

 

Lap 8, Alonso has to retire the car due to the damage from the incident in the start.
Too bad, Alonso meant that the McLaren Honda was good enough for a podium today.

Lap 11, Dani Kvyat is doing exactly what we expect him to do, crash out of the race …

Lap 14/15 – Safety car in after Kvyats car has been removed from the tire barriers.

Lap 26, the track is starting dry up, and the weather-forecast is no more rain.

Lap 37, Marcus Ericsson spin on the “bridge”. This brings out the safety car again, and Lewis Hamilton loses his 9-second gap to Daniel Ricciardo.

Then the lap count down was changed to timing, two hours rule. 28 minutes to go 😉

 

And the winner is Lewis Hamilton!

 

Result:

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 18
3 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 15
4 Carloz Sainz Jr Spain Toro Rosso 12
5 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 10
6 Jolyon Palmer England Renault Sport F1 Team 8
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren Honda 6
8 Lance Stroll Canada Williams 4
9 Romain Grosjean France Haas F1 Team 2
10 Esteban Ocon France Force India 1
Full result:
POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 58
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 58
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 58
4 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 58
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
6 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 58
7 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 58
8 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
9 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 58
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
11 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
12 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 56
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 50
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 48
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 35
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 10
NC 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 8
NC 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 0

Post photo:

Marina Bay Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore.
Saturday 16 September 2017.
Photo: Steven Tee/McLaren
ref: Digital Image _R3I9943

Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team
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2017 Singapore Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

Infographics

 

 

#SingaporeGP 2017

 


 

 

RACE FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX RACE TIME
14 12:00 GMT
Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 25
2 18
3 15
4 12
5 10
6 8
7 6
8 4
9 2
10 1 Circuit Name : Marina Bay Street Circuit
Established : 2008
Pole Position Capacity : 110 000
Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari Circuit Type : Street
Circuit Length : 5.073 kms
Past Winners Number of Laps : 61
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Starting Grid : 1 Race Distance : 309.316 kms
2015 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Starting Grid : 1 Circuit Direction : Anti-clockwise
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1 Circuit Turns : 23
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 1 Lap Record : 1:45.599 – Kimi Raikkonen (2008)
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 3
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Red Bull Racing: Taking the taste test 

DURIAN FRUIT CHALLENGE

It’s known as the ‘King of Fruits’, is reckoned to be something of a delicacy, and it’s banned from most hotels across Asia. So pungently awful is the smell of a ripe, opened Durian fruit that it has been known to induce vomiting and can linger for days. Brilliant – we’re in Singapore, Max and Daniel are here, so let’s make ’em eat one then. Better still give them one each!


We dragged the boys out to a scenic deck near the Singapore circuit and presented them with two thorny, fruity problems…..

A variety of tools were provided with which the boys could attempt to get at the flesh of their Durian, including hacksaws, hammers and for some unknown reason a plastic mallet and a brace of squeaky rubber chickens.

Daniel had no problem with his Durian, but Max’s proved a tougher nut to crack. Undeterred by mother nature’s prevention plans or, indeed, logic, Max went full physical assault on his Durian and after dispensing with an ineffective hacksaw attempted the scientifically proven ‘if we throw it really hard, it might burst’ method.

Success! With both fruits opened and the deck smelling like something diabolical had passed away underneath it several weeks ago, the time had come for the taste test.

Daniel was first to go and after a couple of small retches managed to chow down on what we will say was the tiniest sliver of fruit.

“It burns! It tastes worse than it smells,” he moaned as Max laughed like a drain, or like a man surprisingly blind to the fact that he has to follow suit.

The results, which involved a lot of gagging, demands for water and a trip to the balcony railings, were not pretty.

Kudos, though, to our two intrepid heroes. Like the have-a-go daredevils they are, they looked the fearsome Durian in its spiky face and – lost. Yep, they failed big time. Horrible, evil-smelling, fruit 1 – Not very heroic racers 0.


Full story and video 😉

http://www.redbullracing.com/article/taking-taste-test

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