BMW-Art-Cars

BIG PICTURES: UNIQUE MOMENTS FROM 2017.

1. HISTORIC SUCCESS: BMW GETS FIRST NORISRING VICTORY IN 25 YEARS.

As successful as BMW Motorsport had been in the DTM since the 2012 comeback, victory at the Norisring was proving to be elusive. But that all changed on 1st July 2017. In the race on Saturday, Spengler celebrated not only the first win of the 2017 season for BMW, but also the first BMW victory at the Norisring in 25 years. The last BMW driver to win at the street circuit in Nuremberg was Steve Soper with the BMW M3 in 1992. It was also BMW’s 25th win since the DTM comeback in 2012.

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2. THE FACEBOOK HIT OF THE YEAR: POOL FISHING GOES VIRAL.

“This could be the video of the year! Yes, we had fun.” Who knows whether Timo Glock had any idea how right he was when he posted that statement with the accompanying video on Facebook? A prank turned into the Facebook hit of the year: During a mini break on Mallorca, members of the RMG team filmed a video in which they were pretending to be fishing. The fish – in this case, a team member – was, despite the great struggle, pulled out of the water using a swimming noodle. With a great deal of laughter, they posed for the obligatory photo. “As we were all killing ourselves laughing at the pool while making the video, I knew that the world had to see it,” said Glock later. It was a huge hit: The clip has been viewed around 36 million times to date, has more than 250,000 likes and more than 80,000 comments. And Glock knew it from the start.

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3. WIN ON ANNIVERSARY: AUBERLEN TRIUMPHS AT “PETIT LE MANS”.

For Bill Auberlen, the legendary “Petit Le Mans” was his 400th race with BMW – for the BMW M6 GTLM, the appearance in Road Atlanta is its last in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). And it was to be a memorable race. Rain showers, numerous overtaking manoeuvres and thrilling duels at the front made for spectacular GT racing and excitement down to the final metre. After ten hours and 392 laps, there were exactly 1.060 seconds between the victory and second place. Together with Alexander Sims and Kuno Wittmer, Auberlen won his anniversary race and gifted BMW Team RLL their first win at “Petit Le Mans”.

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4. ART MEETS TECHNOLOGY: TWO NEW BMW ART CARS CONTINUE THE TRADITION.

From Alexander Calder via Andy Warhol to John Baldessari and Cao Fei: The BMW Art Cars tradition was continued with two editions in 2017. BMW M6 GTLM designed by John Baldessari finished in eighth place at the 24 Hours of Daytona –Bill Auberlen, Bruno Spengler, Alexander Sims and Augusto Farfus took it in turns to man the cockpit. The latter also had the honour of taking the wheel of the 18th Art Car at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau; this edition was designed by the Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei. BMW Motorsport entered a new dimension with this car. The art unfolded through the use of augmented reality. The beholder can use an app to get closer to the BMW M6 GT3 and sees not only the real racing car on their screen, but also multi-coloured particles of light in the space. And it wasn’t only the optics that drew attention to the 18th BMW Art Car in Macau. After second place in the qualifying race, Farfus was unlucky in the main race. An incident at the start forced him to make an early pit stop. Farfus started a catch-up from the back of the grid, which saw him finish in fourth place.

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 Cao Fei, Art Car