FIA GT3 European season opener. 911 vs Z4M vs SLS vs 458 Italia vs R8. On one of Europe’s most spectacular circuit.
Age old question – which is faster around a circuit? Bike or car? BMW set to find out by deucing the S1000RR superbike against the BMW M3. But before that, Akrapovic worked on both bike and car to increase power and shed weight. The M3 now boasts 442hp and the bike puts out 198hp.
The two were then set up at opposite ends of the track and the first one to catch the other won massive bragging rights. Pretty interesting race and to spice it up, the heavens opened up and watered down the circuit. How’d it go? You going to have to watch for yourself.
Some shots from the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show. Featuring some of the biggest names in the automotive arena like BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Audi and tuners like 9ff and Brabus, this year’s show lived up to all expectations. We’ll let the pictures do the talking, enjoy.
Volkswagen swept the top four on the sixth stage after rival Stephane Peterhansel lost 12 minutes and dropped to third overall behind Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Peterhansel had reduced Sainz’s lead by winning Thursday’s stage, and was quickest through the first half of today’s stage. But a trip off course and four puncture combined to delay Peterhansel.
“It didn’t go very well today. We missed one of the Way Points when we were crossing some dunes,” Peterhansel explained. “We had to turn back and lost four to five minutes there. After that, we had a series of punctures, four times in all. We only had three spare wheels, so we had to stop regularly to inflate that last wheel. We paid for our setbacks quite heavily today. It’s bad news before the rest day.”
Sainz and Al-Attiyah were ina close battle for the stage win, with Sainz … Read More »
Stephane Peterhansel closed into Carlos Sainz’s overall lead after taking his first stage victory of the 2011 Dakar Rally. The BMW driver took advantage of navigational mistakes by Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah to lead over a long stretch of dunes in the 459km stage in Chile.
He lead for nearly four minutes at its peak, though Al-Attiyah managed to work back down to 1m24s by the leg’s end when Peterhansel stoped to fix a puncture.
“It was a stage with lots of surprises,” Peterhansel said. “We started with the bit between our teeth. We managed to overtake Al-Attiyah and Sainz by taking advantage of a navigation error they made. After that, it was our turn to make a mistake and get a flat tyre. At the finish, we put in a good time – it could have been better, though. At one point, I … Read More »
Carlos Sainz scored his 20th career Dakar Rally stage victory on Wednesday and extended his overall lead as the event moved into Chile. Sainz is now within two wins of Stephane Peterhansel’s record 22.
Peterhansel’s BMW led, being 15 seconds quicker than Sainz, but he was delayed by a puncture later in the day and slipped to third behind Sainz’s Volkswagen team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah.
“It could’ve been a good day because we were in the lead at the intermediate points,” said Peterhansel. “But we got a flat tyre and had to change the wheel, which took two or three minutes. That’s what we needed to win the stage. It means we’re navigating well and we aren’t having problems on high altitude tracks either. So, even if it wasn’t our strategy to be third for tomorrow, it hasn’t turned out to bad in … Read More »
BMW Group Malaysia announced the new MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) variants, cars which have captured the imagination of millions worldwide and continue to be icons in the world automotive industry.
The new line feature new looks, new and better performing engines and showcases MINI Connected – the BMW Group’s innovation strategy for the MINI brand.
Introducing the new MINI, Geoffrey Briscoe, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Since it’s very beginning, the MINI has constantly evoked the timeless spirit of excitement in all of us, a spirit which continues to be shared by the new MINI that we are introducing today.”
The new styling changes are small but distinctive, the most obvios change being the new brake-duct cooling intakes at the outer sections of the front bumper, and new design wheels. The interior … Read More »