Tuesday, May 29, 1990

Press Release: Sporting Porsche 911 GT3 RS unleashed for road and track

Embargo: 29 May 2006


Sporting Porsche 911 GT3 RS unleashed for road and track


In October, Porsche will launch the new 911 GT3 RS in the UK. The GT3 RS is distinguished by its performance capability and an unadulterated driving experience similar to that of a racing car. But while particularly suited for use on the track, the car also meets all requirements for road-legal sports cars.

The reference "RS" will quicken the pulse of Porsche connoisseurs. Models such as the legendary Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the 1991 Type 964 911 RS were also sports cars that stood out on account of their extreme degree of maneuverability and handling. That tradition is continued with the new 911 GT3 RS. In common with its predecessors, it provides an homologation model for use in a range of racing series.

The exceptionally powerful, normally aspirated engine boasts a displacement of 3.6-litres to generate 305kW (415 bhp) at 7,600rpm. Maximum revs are reached at 8,400rpm. The power output per litre of engine capacity is 115.3 bhp. These figures are shared with the recently-announced 911 GT3, but bespoke drivetrain components in the RS ensures it puts in an even better performance. Thanks to a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a single-mass flywheel and 20kg lower vehicle weight, the engine revs up even more freely, thus enabling the 911 GT3 to sprint from zero to 100kph (62mph) in 4.2 seconds. That's one tenth of a second faster than the GT3. And it takes just 13.3 seconds to hit to 200kph (124mph). Maximum speed is 310kph (187mph).

One characteristic of the new RS is the body, which is 44mm wider at the rear (a legacy from the Carrera 4 models with which it shares its shell) by comparison with the 911 GT3. The muscular-looking rear end conceals a wider track that not only improves directional stability but also increases the potential cornering grip of the two-seater coupe.

Despite its specialised body, the RS is 20kg lighter than the GT3, weighing in at just 1375kg. This weight-saving was achieved by the use, amongst other solutions, of an adjustable carbon fibre wing, the use of a plastic rear lid and a lightweight plastic rear window. As a consequence, the corresponding engine power to kerb weight ratio is over 300bhp per tonne.

With a view to the registration regulations for the important GT motor racing championships as future fields of application, the road version of the GT3 RS features technical attributes that will also appear in the racing version. These solutions will include the design of the entire wheel carrier and split wishbones on the rear axle, in addition to the carbon fibre components of the body.

The interior of the 911 GT3 RS lives up to the vehicle's sporting aspirations: two lightweight bucket seats made of carbon fibre composite materials come as standard, together with a bolted-in roll cage and pre-wiring for a battery master switch. A six-point seatbelt for the driver and a fire extinguisher are also provided. Internal trims are black, with the roof lining, steering wheel and gear stick trimmed in high-quality Alcantara leather.

The available exterior paint finishes are Arctic Silver metallic or Black; as an option, the GT3 can also be obtained in Orange or Green. All vehicle insignia and the wheels themselves are styled in orange or black to contrast with the body paintwork.

The retail price for the 911 GT3 RS is £94,280, including a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and a Porsche Driving Experience programme.

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For further information, please contact the Porsche press office:

Andrew Davis
Tel: 0118 925 2733
Mob: 07787 532461
andrew.davis@porsche.co.uk

Nick Perry
Tel: 0118 925 2721
Mob: 07775 860 291
nick.perry@porsche.co.uk

Tuesday, May 22, 1990

Press release: New version of Porsche Cayman sports coupé unveiled

Embargo: 10:00 AM 22 May 2006

New version of Porsche Cayman sports coupé unveiled

Following the successful market launch of the Cayman S in autumn 2005, Porsche is introducing the Cayman, a new version of the mid-engined sports coupé that will go on sale in the UK in the summer. Based on the Boxster series, the two-seater is powered by a six-cylinder horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engine with an engine-capacity of 2.7 litres and developing an output of 245 bhp (180 kW).

With its high and sustained propulsive power in the lower and medium speed ranges, the engine puts in an impressive performance. It has a top speed of 160mph, and with manual transmission accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds. The Cayman is convincing proof of the fact that outstanding performance statistics do not necessarily mean high fuel consumption. According to European standards, it consumes on average only 30.4mpg (9.3 litres per 100 kms).

Courtesy of the Porsche VarioCam Plus system fitted to its engine, the Cayman develops a torque of 273 Newton metres available between 4,600 and 6,000rpm. Power is transmitted via a five-speed manual transmission with short, precise shifting travel. A six-speed manual transmission in conjunction with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is also available on request. As a third variant, Porsche offers the proven Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission, which has rocker switches on the steering-wheel spokes for manual over-ride of the gear shifting.

The Cayman rides on 17-inch light-alloy wheels of a unique design with five double spokes, fitted with 205/55 tyres on 6.5-inch wide wheel rims at the front; the combination at the rear is 235/50 tires on 8-inch rims. With the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system fitted as standard, the chassis offers outstanding levels of driving dynamics and active safety.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is available as an optional extra. The chassis ride height is lowered by ten millimetres, and the shock-absorber system automatically adapts to each particular driving situation. The driver can choose between the "normal" and "sport" programs by pressing a button on the centre console.

The Cayman can be further indentified by its black brake calipers, black front-spoiler lips, a titanium-coloured logo at the rear and also a trapezoidal tailpipe. The impressive interior boasts a comprehensive range of standard features including an air-conditioning system, a radio/CD player, seat covers in Alcantara leather, black-faced instrument dials and door entry trims with the Cayman logo. Because of the mid-engined concept, it boasts two luggage compartments with a combined volume of 410 litres, just like its big brother, the Cayman S. Along with many other storage features, this attribute highlights the sports coupé’s supreme practicality.

In additional to two full-size airbags to guarantee the necessary level of safety protection in the event of a head-on collision, the ingenious Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP), which features a chest and head airbag on each side of the vehicle, also provides excellent protection in side impacts.

The Cayman goes on sale in the UK and Ireland on 29 July and will be priced from £36,220.00 including a Porsche Driving Experience programme.

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For further information, please contact the Porsche press office:

Andrew Davis

Tel: 0118 925 2733

Mob: 07787 532461

andrew.davis@porsche.co.uk

Nick Perry

Tel: 0118 925 2721

Mob: 07775 860291

nick.perry@porsche.co.uk

Saturday, May 19, 1990

Press Release: BMW Group confirms innovative and exciting plans for British International Motor Show

Media Information

Embargo: 19 May 2006, 0900

BMW Group confirms innovative and exciting plans for British International Motor Show

BMW Group Plaza hosts world and UK debuts in stunning outdoor arena

The BMW Group (BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars) has announced its plans for the 2006 British International Motor Show at ExCeL in London’s Docklands. The three stands, set outdoors within the 11,000 square metre BMW Group Plaza, are set to re-write the rule book on how a company presents its products and activities at a motor show.

The BMW Group Plaza will include: the first BMW world debut at a British motor show; UK debuts for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce products; the full range of products from BMW and MINI; a MINI concept; Formula 1, World Touring Car Championship, and Formula BMW show cars; a lifesize BMW Oracle America’s Cup showboat; a hole-in-one golf competition; an opportunity to battle ‘aliens’ from inside a MINI; exclusive areas for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce owners and VIPs; a host of fake MINIs; BMW motorcycles. The whole display will be set in a dramatic alfresco arena alongside Royal Victoria Dock and directly in front of the ExCeL entrance.

Jim O’Donnell, BMW (UK) Managing Director said: "We are really pleased to be playing a key role in helping this year’s motor show become a real success, especially with such an innovative and dramatic presence. The UK is the only country in the world in which the BMW Group runs production facilities for all three of our brands and we are therefore very enthusiastic about a re-invigorated British motor show.

"As you would expect from the BMW Group, our aim is to engage our audience and we do not want to display our three brands in the traditional manner. So it was with real pride that we agreed these stunning plans with the organisers. I am convinced that every motor show visitor this July will find something of interest within the BMW Group Plaza, and I hope we help kick-start great things for future British International motor shows," he concluded.

Highlights of BMW’s activities within the BMW Group Plaza at the 2006 British International Motor Show

  • BMW will present its first World Premiere of a new BMW model at a British motor show.
  • 21 BMW cars will represent the full BMW range, including the UK public debut of the BMW Z4 Coupé, the 3 Series (2006 World Car and What Car? Car of the Year), a full line-up of M powered cars (M3, M5, M6, Z4 M Roadster and Coupé), and the world debut of the BMW 730Ld Edition Exclusive.
  • BMW’s motor sport and other sporting activities will be strongly represented, particularly with the BMW Oracle America’s Cup showboat on display. Visitors will be able to look round the full-size replica of the multi-million pound racing yacht competing for the world’s most prestigious sailing trophy.
  • BMW’s three-tiered approach to global motor sport participation is represented with a BMW Sauber Formula 1 show car, Andy Priaulx’s WTCC 320si, and a Formula BMW single-seater.
  • BMW’s relationship with England’s top international golf championship, the BMW Championship at Wentworth, and its Ryder Cup support at the K Club in Dublin this autumn, is represented with a golf challenge at the show. Hospitality tickets to the 2007 BMW Championship will be on offer as visitors tee-off onto a floating green in Royal Victoria Dock.
  • Mirroring BMW’s product line-up expansion in the car market, BMW motorcycles are also going through a huge development phase. Fans of BMW’s two-wheeled machines will have the opportunity to see three brand new bikes: the R1200 GS Adventure, R1200 S, F800 S.

Uwe Ellinghaus, BMW (UK) Marketing Director said: "With the BMW Group Plaza a focus for all the show’s visitors, BMW will make a huge contribution to what, I am sure, will be an exciting British motor show. With a world debut, a World Touring Car Champion, a world car of the year, and a world-famous yacht, we have something for everyone to enjoy on our stands."

Real MINIs, fake MINIs, and a concept MINI makes motor show a must-see for mini adventurers

  • MINI GP (MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit) UK debut. The first sight in the UK of the most powerful, production MINI ever. MINI will present GP car number 001 in a series of just 444 GPs due for UK owners.
  • The full line-up of MINIs will be on display. Since 7 July 2001, when the first MINI One and MINI Cooper cars took to the roads, almost 190,000 MINIs have been sold in the UK. The MINI family now consists of: MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S; MINI One D; MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S Convertible; MINI One Seven, MINI Cooper Park Lane and MINI Cooper S Checkmate; MINI GP.
  • UK debut of the MINI Concept that hints at a third MINI model confirmed for production. The concept, unveiled at the 2006 Geneva motor show, celebrates Paddy Hopkirk’s famous 1964 Monte Carlo victory….and Mini’s ‘unfair’ disqualification two years later.
  • MINI owners will be invited onto the MINI BARge, a purpose-built floating hospitality venue dedicated to all things MINI.
  • MINI visitors will enjoy a MINI Fake Invaders game where they battle against fake MINIs from inside a real MINI.
  • And tipping a wink to those that have tried to copy MINI’s successes in the UK since its 2001 launch, MINI has allowed a number of fake MINIs to attend the show. MINI has received confirmation of attendance from a fake MINI shed, a fake MINI piano and a fake MINI ride-on lawnmower, but is trying to prevent a 20 metre high fake MINI crane from spoiling the party.

Andy Hearn, MINI UK’s General Manager said: "At the NEC in 2002 and 2004 we presented MINI Adventure Live and MINI Open Air Theatre and introduced a new and exciting concept for motor shows. Just what MINI fans expected. It was always going to be a tough act to follow, but I am sure this year’s show-goers will get a great buzz from visiting MINI. They may even get to destroy a few aliens."

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Editor’s Notes:

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will present UK debuts for the Phantom extended wheelbase and the stunning 101 EX experimental car. Further details from Jon Stanley at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars corporate communications team on 01243 384 062.

BMW Group in the UK

BMW Group employs around 8,000 people in the UK with an additional 11,000 people in its 159-strong dealer network representing the BMW and MINI brands. The UK is BMW Group’s third largest market by sales. BMW (UK) Ltd is a subsidiary of BMW AG and was formed in 1980 with a sales and marketing organisation based in Berkshire, and since 1996 a financial services organisation based in Hampshire. The UK is the second largest production market for BMW Group and has four production facilities - Plant Oxford where MINI is built, Plant Hams Hall that assembles all 4-cylinder petrol engines for the BMW Group worldwide, Plant Swindon which supplies pressings and sub-assembles for MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood. Further information on BMW Group from Angela Stangroom or Natalie Wakefield on 01344 480537.

For further information please contact:

Mark Harrison

Corporate Communications Manager

Tel: 01344 480113

Email: Mark.Harrison@bmw.co.uk

Duncan Forrester

BMW Media Relations Manager

Tel: 01344 480855

Email: Duncan.Forrester@bmw.co.uk

Ellysia Graymore

MINI Media Relations Manager

Tel: 01344 480110

Email: Ellysia.Graymore@mini.co.uk

Gavin Ward

BMW Media Relations Executive

Tel: 01344 480829

Email: Gavin.Ward@bmw.co.uk

Chris Willows

Corporate Communications Director

Tel: 01344 480109

Email: Chris.Willows@bmw.co.uk

Press office fax:

01344 480306

Media website:

www.press.bmwgroup.com

Thursday, May 03, 1990

Press Release: Audi TDI Range Update


Audi TDI range update

ADVANCED NEW FOUR-CYLINDER PIEZO TDI ENGINE FOR AUDI A3 AND A4

Pump-injector fuel injection and piezo technology combine for the first time in new 170PS 2.0 TDI engine for A3 and A4

  • New 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine with piezo injection technology and Diesel Particulate Filter offered in addition to existing 140PS unit in A3 and A4 models
  • Available with quattro and front-wheel-drive configurations and with either standard six-speed manual transmission or optional S-tronic twin clutch automatic
  • A3 priced from £18,930 OTR to £24,405 OTR, A4 from £22,965 OTR to £26,265 OTR
  • 170PS @ 4,200rpm, 320Nm from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm
  • A3 2.0 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.2 secs (2.0 TDI quattro 7.8 secs), top speed 138mph (2.0 TDI quattro 136mph), combined mpg 48.7 (2.0 TDI quattro 44.1), C02 output 157g/km (2.0 TDI quattro 173g/km)
  • A4 2.0 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.6 secs (2.0 TDI quattro 8.5 secs), top speed 142mph (2.0 TDI quattro 139mph), combined mpg 48.7 (2.0 TDI quattro 42.2), C02 output 154g/km (2.0 TDI quattro 177g/km)

The first four-cylinder Audi TDI engine to benefit from a performance boost courtesy of piezo injection technology from the V6 and V8 Audi diesel units is now available for A3 and A4 models. The new 170PS, 2.0-litre unit delivers power, torque and acceleration to rival a six-cylinder TDI with characteristic four-cylinder fuel economy in A3 and five-door A3 Sportback models priced from £18,930 OTR, and A4 Saloons and Avants priced from £22,965 OTR. All are available to order for first UK deliveries in July.

Slotting in alongside the existing 2.0-litre 140PS TDI engine in the A3 and A4 model ranges, the new 170PS unit is the first in the Audi range to combine ‘pumpe-duse’ or ‘pump jet’ direct diesel injection with the performance-maximising piezo crystal injector technology from the 2.7-litre V6, 3.0-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 TDI engines.

The 170PS power peak in the new engine is delivered at a very accessible 4,200rpm, and peak torque of 320Nm is on tap from just 1,750rpm, resulting in strong, sustained acceleration and keen response across the range. The three-door A3 2.0 TDI passes the 62mph mark from a standing start in 8.2 seconds, its quattro counterpart cutting the time down further still to 7.8 seconds, and the two versions can potentially power on to top speeds of 138mph and 136mph. In the front-drive model, this lively performance is achievable with the added benefit of up to 48.7mpg, giving a potential range of up to 750 miles per tank of diesel.

quattro drive

Also available in front-wheel-drive and quattro forms, the newly-equipped A4 2.0 TDI can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 8.6 seconds (quattro version 8.5) and reach a maximum speed of 142mph (quattro version 139mph), yet is also capable of covering up to 48.7mpg (quattro version 42.2mpg), putting up to 589 miles within reach between fuel refills.

Registering impressively low C02 outputs of 157g/km and 154g/km respectively, the new more powerful front-wheel-drive A3 and A4 models continue to make outstanding financial sense for tax-conscious company car drivers. A 40 per cent tax payer can expect a highly competitive tax liability of £1,575.59 per annum driving the A3 2.0 TDI, and £1,823.36 for the A4 2.0 TDI.

The enhancement of the four-cylinder TDI range for the A3 and A4 closely follows significant improvements to the six-cylinder A4 TDI range, which earlier this year adopted a more powerful 233PS version of the acclaimed 3.0-litre TDI engine, along with the 2.7-litre V6 TDI with 180PS from the A6, replacing the 2.5-litre TDI.

The Audi TDI family also continues to boast not only the most powerful diesel engine currently available in a production car, but also the world’s first purpose built diesel racing engine. On the road the 326PS 4.2-litre V8 TDI powers the remarkable A8 4.2 TDI quattro, and on the circuit the 5.5-litre V12 TDI with 650PS is hotly tipped to rocket the Audi R10 TDI sports prototype to victory in this year’s Le Mans 24-hour marathon race (June 17-18).

A3 and A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI models OTR prices

A3 2.0 TDI 140PS

£18,105

A3 2.0 TDI SE 140PS

£20,105

A3 2.0 TDI Sport 140PS

£20,105

A3 2.0 TDI S line 140PS

£21,655

A3 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 140PS

£21,505

A3 2.0 TDI quattro S line 140PS

£23,055

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI 140PS

£18,605

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI SE 140PS

£20,605

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Sport 140PS

£20,605

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line 140PS

£22,155

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 140PS

£22,005

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro S line 140PS

£23,555

A3 2.0 TDI 170PS

£18,930

A3 2.0 TDI SE 170PS

£20,930

A3 2.0 TDI Sport 170PS

£20,930

A3 2.0 TDI S line 170PS

£22,480

A3 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 170PS

£22,355

A3 2.0 TDI quattro S line 170PS

£23,905

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI 170PS

£19,430

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI SE 170PS

£21,430

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Sport 170PS

£21,430

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line 170PS

£22,980

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 170PS

£22,855

A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro S line 170PS

£24,405

A4 and A4 Avant 2.0 TDI models OTR prices

(SE specification currently offered at no extra cost, S line with 18-inch wheel upgrade and reduced premium of £750)

A4 2.0 TDI 140PS

£22,055

A4 2.0 TDI SE 140PS

£22,055

A4 2.0 TDI S line 140PS

£22,805

A4 2.0 TDI 170PS

£22,965

A4 2.0 TDI quattro 170PS

£24,390

A4 2.0 TDI quattro SE 170PS

£24,390

A4 2.0 TDI quattro S line 170PS

£25,140

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 140PS

£23,205

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI SE 140PS

£23,205

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI S line 140PS

£23,955

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 170PS

£24,115

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI SE 170PS

£24,115

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI S line 170PS

£24,865

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI quattro 170PS

£25,515

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI quattro SE 170PS

£25,515

A4 Avant 2.0 TDI quattro S line 170PS

£26,265

For further information please contact:

Robin Davies, Telephone: 01908 601407

Product Affairs Manager e-mail: robin.davies@audi.co.uk

Kate Dixon, Telephone: 01908 601629

Media Relations Manager e-mail: kate.dixon@audi.co.uk

David Ingram, Telephone: 01908 601413

Press Relations Manager, e-mail: david.ingram@audi.co.uk

Product and Technology

Jon Zammett, Head of PR Telephone: 01908 601455

e-mail: jon.zammett@audi.co.uk

Date of release 16.5.06

Press Release: BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia

Official BMW release on the Concept Coupe Mille Miglia.

Full NoonzWheels coverage here.

New BMW concept car unveiled at the Mille Miglia 2006

Modern technologies and dramatic historical styling combine in the new BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia.

BMW has unveiled a brand new concept car prior to the 2006 Mille Miglia. With hints of today’s BMW Z4 Coupe and one of BMW’s most famous racing cars, the BMW 328, the BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia 2006 took pride of place in Brescia, Italy yesterday (May 10) as this year’s entrants were scrutineered ahead of the event.

The Mille Miglia was resurrected in 1977 as an annual rally to celebrate one of the world’s great motor races. All vehicle models that competed in the original races between 1927 and 1957 are permitted an entry. Highlighting the 22 BMWs that have entered this year’s event, BMW’s latest concept looks back to these great racing cars. In particular the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe that was driven into the record books and past the chequered flag in the 1940 race.

It also looks ahead to future motor sport achievements, with a modified drivetrain and suspension from the new Z4 M Coupe providing the car’s power and control. A body 23 centimetres longer, and four centimetres lower, than BMW’s latest production sports car is set off by bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels on 245/40 R 20 tyres that complement the car’s powerful presence.

The concept car looks to both the past and the future in its styling and construction; it pays homage to the outstanding achievements of the engineers who contributed to BMW’s successful motor sport heritage, whilst confirming the passion to construct dynamic cars from the most modern materials and processes available. This remains a fundamental concept for today’s BMW road and race cars.

In the drive to win races and manufacture the ‘ultimate driving machine’, the techniques and materials may have changed beyond all recognition, but the drive and ambition remains the same.

Steeped in History

In the 1940 Mille Miglia, the winning BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe recorded an incredible, and thoroughly modern, 166.7 kmh average speed over the course’s 1,000 miles. This remains the fastest average speed for any Mille Miglia.

The BMW 328 was one of the most successful competitive vehicles in BMW’s long motor sport history. Introduced in 1936 the racing specification 328 won its class in almost every race in which it competed between 1936 and 1940, and continued winning races in the 1940s and 1950s.

In 2004, the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe became the first car to win both the Mille Miglia (1940) and the modern-day classical version of the race.

The design team responsible for the original 328 succeeded without the benefit of computers. Building models was the only option. But despite the digital revolution, modelling remains a fundamental part of the design process for today’s BMWs. The company’s designers remain loyal to this process as it connects them emotionally to the form of a new product. During the design of the BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia 2006, the designers took a step back in time and formed the car from plaster models rather than clay. Quite literally a more ‘hands-on’, labour intensive process. The result is a greater appreciation within the design team of why classic racing cars are perceived as more emotional and artistic objects than today’s computer-generated racing cars.

The concept car’s hinged hard-top roof is a reference to the relaxation of the rules at Le Mans when racing cars moved from soft-top to hard-top construction as closed vehicles became eligible to race. This precipitated the development of the 328 Touring Coupe from its roadster origins, allowing the model to develop further as a lightweight, aerodynamic ‘bespoke’ racing car. Similarly, the new Z4 Coupe has been derived from the Z4 Roadster soft-top as a ‘behind-the-scenes’ project driven by the designers’ enthusiasm. This coupe development leading to the production of the new Z4 M Coupe Racing car.

Thoroughly Modern Mille

While the hinged roof structure recalls past events, the principle function of the hinged system, that also raises the cockpit, negates the requirement for doors (reducing weight) and increases torsional stiffness.

The car benefits from an extremely lightweight chassis. The most modern design processes were used to ‘stretch’ an aluminium shell over a lattice frame. The body is also constructed from lightweight materials, with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) clothing the entire vehicle. As a nod to the past this is painted in ‘fine silver’, a full-gloss paint colour with extremely fine pigments that hints to classic silver race colours.

The large circular headlamps inspired by the shape of the 328 units are not integrated into the body of the car, but attached as flat elements. Modern LED technology facilitates this design function that frees up the designers to develop more flowing and unbroken body forms. This manifests itself on the Concept Coupe by uninterrupted bonnet and side panels.

Inspired by BMW’s glorious motor racing heritage, the science of aerodynamics was addressed with thoroughly modern techniques and design resolutions. Side panels and the rear section of the car were designed to allow turbulence-free flow of air up to the tail where the airflow is separated. Carbon-fibre underbody fins and diffusers on the front and rear aprons also contribute to the car’s aerodynamics. Meanwhile air intakes in the A-pillars, arranged in a slim Z-line, direct cooling air from the six-cylinder in-line engine and contribute to developing downforce and reducing turbulence at the wheel housings.

The Concept Coupe is powered by the multi-award winning BMW six-cylinder inline petrol engine that powers the new BMW Z4 M Coupe. Modifications have been made to the inlet and exhaust systems of the 343 hp unit to give the concept car more of a ‘racing’ sound at both idle and full throttle.

The interior retains the functional simplicity prevalent in both 328 racing cars and Z4 production cars, but in a modern presentation. Only three materials are used; thin stainless steel, untreated cowhides, Lycra fabric. This purist form even extends to letterings, logos and symbols embossed into surfaces using laser technology.