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Audi’s Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich on the DTM Safety Cell

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Audi’s Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich on the DTM Safety Cell

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 12:00 PM PDT

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At the Norisring the DTM presented the new safety cell that will be used by all three manufacturers from 2012 on. Audi has been involved in setting standards yet again.

What characterizes the joint cell?

Our engineers have been involved in bringing safety in the DTM up to the highest possible level. Le Mans has taught once more that our way of designing safety structure is a very good and correct approach. This is exactly what we, together with our colleagues from BMW and Mercedes, have been trying to feed into the safety concept of the DTM. The new concept is a great example of what is possible when the employees of three premium manufacturers try to achieve a common aim: to get the best possible, lowest-cost, safest vehicle off the ground – and a great one at that. Even those who were not involved from the manufacturers’ side, such as the DMSB or Dekra, will confirm that this project was marked by a very special spirit.

Will the identity of the manufacturers be preserved despite a growing number of identical components?

There is no doubt about that. We have always tried to advance new technologies in motorsport with Audi and to make motorsport relevant to the product. The DTM is the best stage for competing with the Audi A4 and the A5 with exactly the competitors we are meeting in the marketplace as well. That is why the DTM is a very good fit for us.

The new vehicle generation will not only be clearly safer. Costs could be saved as well. How was that possible?

The fact that all three manufacturers are contributing their abilities and know-how and benefit from this in the end is an outstanding example of synergy effects. Another example is the way we work in our organization. Due to our structure the touring car and the sports car department profit from each other. Although there is a certain split between the projects a major portion of the technical expertise is used for both projects. And last but not least the suppliers involved play a part in this as well. We used to have a lot of international contacts. But now we are realizing a large number of components for the new concept with German manufacturers. They submitted the best bids to us.

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BMW M3 DTM Concept Car will debut July in Munich

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 11:11 AM PDT

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DTM BMW

The 2012 motorsport season is looming: As part of the DTM event at Munich’s Olympic Stadium on 16th and 17th July 2011, BMW will present a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car for the first time.

The Concept Car will give the first impression of what next year’s car will look like. This was announced by BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, who takes over from Mario Theissen on 1st July, at Tuesday’s pre-event DTM press conference in Munich. The presentation will take place in front of media representatives on Friday 15th July, where they will also gain some further insights about the DTM program of BMW. The car will then be on show to the public at BMW Welt over the remainder of the weekend.

DTM BMW Motorsport

“The fact that the DTM is staging an event in Munich this year is obviously exciting and interesting for us too,” said Marquardt. “The location right on our doorstep gives the term ‘home event’ a whole new meaning in motorsport in the future. Although we will not be competing in 2011, we want to use this opportunity to give DTM fans and BMW Motorsport followers a taste of what they can look forward to next season. For this reason, this event is the logical venue to unveil a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car. Under the motto ‘BMW welcomes DTM’ we will welcome the series to Munich and follow the event at the Olympic Stadium closely. We hope the spectators will also enjoy the many classic BMW cars in action as part of the support program. Whether the 1987 BMW M3 DTM, the BMW M1 Procar from 1981, or the Mini Rally Monte Carlo car from the 1960s: we think there will be something to suit every taste.“

BMW Welt will be dominated by motorsport throughout the entire DTM race weekend at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. The main attraction will be the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car. In addition, BMW is also exhibiting some of the historic cars, including the 1979 BMW M1 Art Car designed by Andy Warhol, the 1986 BMW 635 CSi and the BMW M3 GTR from 2001. The BMW M3 from the late 1980s, which notched up countless victories and two of the three DTM titles for the brand, will also be on display. With more than 1,500 individual wins to its name, this car is still regarded as one of the most successful touring cars of all time.

Jonsibal Concept BMW DTM

Concept from Jonsibal

Development of the BMW M3 DTM for the coming season has been in full flow since BMW announced its DTM comeback in October last year, and has so far run to plan. The first tests will be performed shortly. BMW will be represented with three strong teams in the DTM in 2012. BMW Team Schnitzer, in action with the BMW M3 GT at the Nurburgring 24 Hours (DE) this weekend, will run two BMW M3 DTM cars, as will BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG.

- BMW Motorsport

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BMW M3 DTM completes its roll-out

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 11:00 AM PDT

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Jonsibal Concept BMW DTM

Concept from Jonsibal

The DTM project of BMW has literally taken off: On Monday the new BMW M3 DTM, with which the brand will make its comeback to the DTM in 2012, completed its first roll-out on BMW’s own test track in Aschheim. Apart from BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, numerous motorsport division employees attended the roll-out, which marks a milestone in the preparations ahead of the 2012 season. On Friday Marquardt had introduced the BMW M3 DTM to senior BMW Group executives at a separate event in Munich.

“Obviously it is a very special occasion when a new car such as the BMW M3 DTM drives out of the garage for the first time,” said Marquardt. “For that reason we invited our personnel to see the car in action out in the open. Every member of our team has worked extremely hard towards this day. This marks yet another step towards our first race in 2012. However, many more steps have yet to follow. The car used for the roll-out plus the Concept Car, which will be unveiled on 15th July in Munich, give a first taste of what our 2012 challenger will look like. We expect a lot to change visually on the car before the first race.”

The roll-out marks the biggest highlight to date in the development process of the BMW M3 DTM program. The full test program will commence shortly in Aschheim. After this more test cars will be completed before they are handed over to the three teams representing BMW, which are BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG.

On 15th July 2011 members of the media will be invited to view the first version of the BMW M3 DTM at the “BMW welcomes DTM” event at BMW Welt in Munich. Afterwards the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car will be on public display in BMW Welt as part of the support program for the DTM race weekend in the Olympic Stadium.

- BMW Motorsport

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Volkswagen scoops up creative advertising awards in Cannes

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 09:37 AM PDT

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More videos after the jump!

Volkswagen scooped up the awards at the world’s most prestigious creative advertising festival, the 58th “International Festival of Creativity” in Cannes: Europe’s largest automaker came away with a total of 34 of the coveted “Lions” in Gold, Silver and Bronze – more than ever before. Volkswagen won a “Titanium Lion” for the campaign on the “Think Blue.” environmental and sustainability initiative. “The Force”, the extremely successful TV ad for the Passat, won three awards alone – two Gold and one Bronze. “This is an incredible success and we are very proud of it because the awards acknowledge our work. These 34 ‘Lions’ are the direct result of our commitment to innovation and creativity in all fields,” Luca de Meo, Head of Group Marketing and Head of Marketing at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said.

In addition to the “Titanium Lion”, a total of eight “Golden Lions” and 14 awards in Silver went to Volkswagen. The advertising experts honored the automaker with eleven “Bronze Lions”. Volkswagen’s creative work all over the world was acknowledged. Campaigns from the USA, Australia and New Zealand were honored, as were those from Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, England, China, Argentina and Brazil. De Meo commented: “This shows Volkswagen enjoys global success and sets very high standards. That can, of course, only happen with strong partners, so my thanks go to all the agencies who have done a brilliant job in realizing our ideas.”

Particularly outstanding campaigns were the “The Speed Camera Lottery” from Sweden about the Volkswagen “Think Blue.” initiative, which won the “Titanium Lion” awarded for the first time this year, and “The Force”, a TV ad for the Passat created in the USA. The film starring the mini Darth Vader, which has already been viewed over 40 million times on YouTube, won two Gold and one Bronze Lion in three categories.

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Tiago Monteiro conquers WTCC podium at Porto

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:04 AM PDT

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WTCC Porto Monteiro

Local hero Tiago Monteiro was best-placed SEAT driver at the sixth race weekend of the WTCC round at Porto.
In the first race he won the fight with his fellow driver Gabriele Tarquini and secured fourth place in front of his home crowd.

Monteiro made it even better in the second race by clinching the podium at third place. Monteiro excited the Portuguese fans who were cheering for him on his run for a well deserved podium result. He won the battle for third place, managing to keep Norbert Michelisz and Tom Coronel at bay.

WTCC Porto Monteiro

The Portuguese racer gave the first podium finish to the SEAT 1.6L turbo car.

“Yes, the team did a very good job in the two weeks after the disaster we had in Brno, when I used the new engine for the first time. Now the car is becoming competitive and has a very good potential still to be xploited.”

- Photos: WTCC

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Bentley ice racer storms Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 06:59 AM PDT

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Bentley Goodwood Juha Kankunnen

Juha Kankunnen, the four-time world rally champion, turned up the heat at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed when he was reunited with his world ice-speed record breaking Bentley Continental Supersports convertible.

The muscular 6.0 litre, 12-cylinder Bentley with its distinctive black and bright red livery proved to be one of the real head-turners in Goodwood’s famous Supercar Paddock.

Earlier this year, Kankunnen and the all-wheel drive Continental Supersports convertible set a new world best of 205.48mph (330.695km/h) on a 16.5km long ice track on a 70cm-thick layer of Baltic Sea ice, off the coast of Finland.

Goodwood’s famous Hill Climb and three days of hot, summer sunshine did not present Kankunnen with the extreme challenge he faced on the ice track. That did not stop him however from delivering for the large Festival crowds a series of typically blistering runs with the 640PS (631bhp) Supersports, the world’s fastest production convertible road car,

“Driving this very special Bentley Continental in front of the packed Goodwood grandstands was a special experience for me,” Juha explained.

“Driving on a frozen sea was a unique challenge and only a few Bentley engineers and my support crew were there to witness the new world record. So it was a pleasure to provide a glimpse of the capabilities of this Bentley to a huge audience of motorsport enthusiasts on a beautiful summer’s day.”

Bentley Goodwood Derek Bell

Kankunnen was joined in the Bentley ‘corner’ of the Supercar Paddock by five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell and the new Bentley Continental GT.

Bell, who has worked with Bentley for over a decade as a professional driving consultant for the company’s road car program as well as helping to guide the Company’s victorious Le Mans campaign in 2003, was also formidably quick up the hill.

“Driving the GT at Goodwood was a lot of fun. The new car maintains all the luxury and refinement for which Bentley is renowned, but is even quicker, dynamically sharper and more powerful than its predecessor.”

- Bentley Motors

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Volkswagen Chattanooga awarded for Environmental Stewardship

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 06:30 AM PDT

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has awarded Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations the 2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Building Green. The award recognizes the many green building initiatives that Volkswagen Chattanooga incorporated into the manufacturing facility which opened in May of this year.

“This award reflects Volkswagen’s company-wide focus on our obligation to be thoughtful stewards of the environment, both with our vehicles and even our buildings,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “I am very pleased that Gov. Haslam has recognized our efforts and I’m particularly proud that our Passat’s clean diesel engine emits the lowest CO2 and gets the highest MPG in its class,” Fischer said.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation. This marks the 25th year for the awards program. Thirty-six professionals from various public and private organizations judged more than 100 nominations to determine the award recipients.

“This year’s roster of honorees demonstrates that environmental stewardship is thriving in our local communities. I am pleased to support a program that recognizes leadership that positively impacts the environment,” Haslam said.

The automobile manufacturing facility was built on a 1,350-acre Brownfield site. The facility will use rainwater harvesting in order to supplement 653,000 gallons of water per year used for gray water, reducing the overall water usage onsite. A special single-ply membrane roof was used throughout 1.8 million square feet of roof surface in an effort to minimize the heat island effect.

The paint shop is the world’s first to utilize a dry-scrubber system to collect paint overspray, unlike traditional shops that use water to collect paint overspray. The Chattanooga paint shop then collects the powder and sends it to a local company where it is used to make concrete.

In addition, the dry scrubber system makes it possible to recycle 85% of the air in the spray booths. Due to this air recycling, the dry-scrubber system saves 42% power and 85% heating energy for conditioning the air inside the spray booths.

Skylights are used generously throughout the building to provide natural lighting, which reduces the energy demand from light fixtures. There are dedicated carpool and vanpool parking spaces in the main parking lot, as well as preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. An extensive storm water conveyance system consisting of bioswales, vegetative ditches and culverts culminating at a constructed sluice gate acts as the primary storm water management system.

A large portion of the acreage has been set aside for native or adapted plants, which do not require permanent irrigation. Specific species have been planted in the ditches and swales for filtration of suspended solids.

The 14 winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on August 12.

- VGoA

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