Following their successful debut as BMW i brand’s first two vehicles, BMW will reveal a new ‘i Concept’ at next week’s LA Auto Show to join the i3 and i8 – which are due to come to market in 2013 and 2014.
If you didn’t already know, 2012 has been an outstanding year for BMW in motorsport. The company entered the DTM season as under-dogs, after an absence of 20 years, but finished the year with its hands on the driver, manufacturer and team titles – comprehensively beating its rivals at Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
This is such a great story isn’t it? Alex Zanardi, former F1 driver and CART champion, who tragically lost his legs in a crash at Lausitzring in 2001, goes on to become a double Paralympics gold medallist at the London 2012 games.
During the past few days, several images have leaked onto the internet of the ‘M’ version of BMW’s 4-door Gran Coupe – the car was originally shown to a private audience at the Nurburgring celebrating 40 Years of ‘M’.
GT World Championship winning teams HEXIS and Vita4One are among the eleven teams taking part in the inaugural Baku City Challenge situated close to the Caspian Sea; with a driver line-up including former F1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve, ex-F1 racer Jos Verstappen and multiple DTM champion Bernd Schneider.
BMW Team Schnitzer driver, Bruno Spengler, won yesterday’s DTM finale at Hockenheim and in so doing clinched the 2012 DTM drivers title ahead of Mercedes driver Gary Paffett, who also finished second in yesterday’s race.
After first appearing at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, for this week’s Sydney Motor Show, Lexus has swapped the LF-LC’s burning red exterior for a lustrous Opal Blue finish, inspired by the natural base colour of the Australian gemstone.
After lumbering on for over a year with ‘just’ 493bhp, Porsche has finally seen fit to add the letter ‘S’ to the Cayenne Turbo’s name, bringing with it an extra 49bhp. That places it just 5bhp short of BMW’s X5 M, but it’s likely to be considerably more expensive.
We’re big fans of Volvo’s V40 – which is a true rival to BMW’s 1 Series and Audi’s A4 and yet is still an individual’s choice with its own unique qualities. But the model that will account for at least 25% of all V40 purchases is the R-Design, which Volvo has this morning announced the UK pricing for.
With electric super car ‘halo’ models entering the fray, environmentally-friendly cars are about to become a lot more desirable. So, what’s the catch?
The competitive landscape for electric vehicles will change forever in 2013, not because of a deluge of sensible, affordable city cars from China, but because the biggest most aspirational car brands will begin a land grab of our heart and minds with a mind-boggling array of super sports cars.
For the first time in the magazine’s brief history, Green Car Design has been chosen as an official media partner to Mondial de l’automobile 2012. It’s something founder Hannah Macmurray could never have imagined when she set out in 2008 to explore the juxtaposition between car design and greener forms of propulsion.
“My friends often ask me if I get scared by what I do or find it intimidating and I have to say no, of course not. It’s not because if I did I’d be slow but it’s because if you’re scared of this sport you’re going to be a danger to yourself, to others and likely to cause an accident. So no, I’m not scared at all.”
These words sound like some long lost mythical quotes by the legendary Ayrton Senna, but instead they’re from the cerebral man most likely to succeed Lewis Hamilton as Britain’s next top racing driver – 17 year old Jack Harvey.