BMW and MINI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed NO SPEED LIMIT

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BMW and MINI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

BMW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

BMW is a long time sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and for the 2010 event the Bavarian manufacturer will roll out not only some cars and motorcycles from its glorious heritage but also a selection of the hottest current cars and its latest Art Car. It will be the perfect marriage of BMW past, present and future.

Something old…

Exactly 70 years after BMW achieved its most famous victory up to that date, the 1940 Mille Miglia winning 328 Touring Coupé will climb Goodwood’s hill. This unique car comes to Goodwood fresh from competing in the 2010 Mille Miglia. Driven by Guiliano Cané, several times a winner of this regularity competition, the Touring Coupé won the event outright, covering the 1,000 miles without a single technical hitch.

It is believed to be the first time that the very same car has won the recreated Mille Miglia as well as the original event itself.

Although five BMW 328 models contested the 1940 Mille Miglia, the Touring Coupé was a unique car sporting the tubular frame and lightweight aluminium body designed by Carrozzeria Touring in Italy. The construction pioneered by the Milanese firm was called ‘Superleggera’, meaning superlight. The Touring Coupé weighed in at just 780kgs and the sleek body boasted a distinctly non-1930s aerodynamic Cd factor of 0.35.

The streamlined coupé body made best use of BMWs powerful 2.0-litre, six-cylinder engine enabling the car to reach speeds of 125mph, just the ticket for the long, straight roads between Brescia, Mantua and Cremona.

The car was completed in 1939 and made its debut appearance at the last pre-war Le Mans 24 Hour race. It chased home four cars powered by engines of double its size to finish fifth overall and first in the 2.0-litre class.

With war underway, the axis powers decided that the Mille Miglia would go ahead in May 1940 and BMW was to represent Germany against the might of Italy. Despite the factory Alfa Romeos and French Delages, alongside some other Italian marques competing, the outcome was never in doubt. Driven by Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer, the Touring lead from flag to flag with the Alfa of Guiseppe Farina (who was destined to become the inaugural Formula 1 World Champion in 1950) some 15 minutes behind.

This beautiful and truly historic racing car will ascend the famous Goodwood hill on Friday, Saturday and Sunday driven by one of the UK’s best ever international racing drivers, Steve Soper.

Something new

Straight from the Le Mans 24 Hours the latest Art Car, a BMW M3 GT2, will be driven up the Goodwood hill by Dirk Müller. Müller is a long time BMW works driver having raced in the FIA World Touring Car Championship and, more recently in the American Le Mans Series driving a similar M3.

The M3 GT2 is the 17th in the series of BMW Art Cars and has been designed by American artist Jeff Koons. Koons follows in the footsteps of many of the greatest exponents of Pop and modern art including Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

The inspirational idea for an Art Car to race at Le Mans was that of French auctioneer and racing driver Hervé Poulain. It was he who persuaded Alexander Calder to paint a BMW 3.0 CSL for the 1975 24 Hour race, exactly 35 years ago.

The Calder car was followed by racing cars painted by Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. All these cars lined up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the greatest sporting success came with the BMW M1 designed by Warhol, which crossed the finish line in sixth in 1979. No other BMW Art Car has raced at Le Mans since then although Jenny Holzer’s BMW LMR did participate in qualifying in 1999.

Müller will be available to sign autographs at the BMW display while the colourful Jeff Koons Art Car should bring a frisson of colour and brightness to the Sussex countryside as well.

Something new for the road too

Obviously one cannot buy a BMW Art Car but there will be more affordable BMW cars, both on display and driving up the hill.

Driving the BMW Z4 sDrive35is in the supercar runs will be Jake Humphreys, the BBC’s newest and brightest anchor for Formula 1 coverage. He’ll be accompanied in the Saturday afternoon run by legendary Formula 1 commentator, Murray Walker. Both broadcasters will be available for interviews and to sign autographs at the BMW pavillion.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is the most powerful roadster in the company’s portfolio today and the lineal successor to the BMW 328. Its 340hp six- cylinder twin-turbocharged engine produces 340hp and 450Nm of torque from as low as 1,500rpm. Torque in the higher gears rises to 500Nm courtesy of an overboost function, thus facilitating effortless overtaking.

Drive to the rear wheels is through a seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) that offers two automated modes or manual gear selection by steering wheel-mounted paddles. It delivers lightning quick gear changes with neither jerk nor lurch. The DCT system also offers the fun of a launch control system.

Its engine, already a winner in the International Engine of the Year awards, features High Precision Direct Injection that contributes precise fuel management and an efficiency that permits 31.4mpg and 210 g/km CO2 emissions. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds and continues on to an electronically-limited 155mph.

To direct all that performance potential onto the tarmac, this flagship Z4 model is equipped as standard with a 10mm lower ride height, Adaptive M Sport suspension that features electronically-controlled dampers with three different settings – Normal, Sport and Sport+. A further standard chassis feature is Drive Dynamic Control. Via a button on the centre console the driver can select Normal, Sport or Sport+ which each change the performance criteria of the throttle and steering responses, Dynamic Stability Control settings and the shift points on the DCT gearbox.

And, of course, as with every roadster produced by BMW over the past almost 80 years, the Z4 has a retractable roof. However, in the latest generation Z4 the roof is a two piece Retractable Hard-Top that glides swiftly and effortlessly into a space behind the passenger compartment to guarantee that the Z4 looks every bit as impressive with the roof down as it does when it is up.

In fact, the BMW Z4 sDrive35is has the perfect balance of power, torque, precise chassis control and driver feedback for Jake Humphreys to thread it up the Goodwood hill with aplomb. At £44,220 OTR it may only cost half, a quarter or even a tenth of the price of some the exotica in the supercar run, but it won’t get left behind by them.

Also making its Sussex debut, and on display, will be the forthcoming 5 Series Touring which goes on sale in September. The new BMW 5 Series Touring is an uncompromising synthesis of power, handling, versatility and elegant style.

Four models will be available at launch, a 520d and 530d diesel cars and a 523i and 535i powered by petrol engines. All variants apply the panoply of BMW’s EfficientDynamics measures. Despite being both efficient and dynamic, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is also immensely practical.

Its boot capacity is 560 litres, 60 more than the outgoing model, and a huge 1,670 litres with all rear seats folded.

The best in practical and fun motoring will be available at BMW’s UK dealers from September 18th with prices ranging from £30,380 OTR for the 520d Touring to £39,650 OTR for the 535i model.

Something borrowed

World Superbike hero Troy Corser will ride BMW Park Lane’s UK Superstock spec S 1000 RR up the Goodwood hill. The Australian has recently taken a first World Superbike Championship podium position for BMW at the famous Assen circuit.

Whilst Corser will be entertaining fans with his unique style, Motorcycle News road tester and superstock racer Michael Neeves, will be riding a slightly slower machine up the hill in the shape of a historic BMW R25. Doubtless the 12hp will seem a little pedestrian after the 200hp race bike.

The R25 was the first machine built by BMW in the austerity of the post-war period. The 247cc single cylinder machine was only built between 1950 and 1951 and its appearance at Goodwood offers the opportunity to see a small slice of history from a time when BMW was struggling to rebuild and survive after the loss, or devastation, of its pre-war plants. This machine has been borrowed from BMW Classic, Munich’s keeper of the company’s history, archive and its collection of cars, motorcycles and aero engines.

Also demonstrating on two wheels will be the Irish freestyle stunt rider Mattie Griffin who will be making his UK premier on a BMW F800R.

And something blue

Hopefully blue will be the colour of the sky at Glorious Goodwood on the first weekend of July.

Moving motor show

For the first time the 2010 Festival of Speed is adding a day, Thursday, to the programme to present the Moving Motor Show. This exclusive event enables participating manufacturers, of which BMW is one, to invite selected customers, media and corporate clients to a privileged preview of the Festival and to drive production cars up the hill.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from 1- 4 July 2010.

MINI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

MINI is planning to have heaps of fun at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 1st to 4th. Apart from displaying the full range of the current MINI models, the quintessentially British MINI brand will mix old and new as befits a 51 year old hell raiser. Goodwood will be the venue where MINI’s glorious past meets the brand’s exciting future.

MINI E Race to set electrifying pace

Monte Carlo Rallying legend, and one of the original ‘Flying Finns’, Rauno Aaltonen will drive the MINI E Race up the hill at Goodwood.

The Festival will be the first in the UK to host the appearance of the MINI E Race, a modified race-equipped version of the emissions-free MINI currently undergoing road trials in the UK, USA and Germany.

The MINI E Race made its public debut at the Nurburgring in May when it covered several laps of the challenging 20.8 km Nordschleife driven by Thomas Jäger, 2006 MINI Challenge Champion. Jaeger managed a lap in 9 minutes 51.4 seconds and achieved a top speed of 117mph on the sinuous Eifel tarmac.

Extensive preparations were made before the car could undertake tests under racing conditions. The MINI E Race was fitted with a special lightweight body and a roll cage in order to ensure optimum performance and safety. Other components, such as the suspension, brakes and tyres, also follow race specification.

Other than that, however, the car relies almost exclusively on the standard technical make-up of the MINI E. For example, it shares the same 150 kW/204 hp electric motor, supplied with energy from 5,088 lithium-ion battery cells. The power from the emission-free motor is channelled to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox with a lengthened gear ratio.

Explaining why MINI had decided to build a Race version of MINI E Peter Krams, Head of the project said “The length and profile of the Nordschleife place extreme demands on the technology of our electric car. But the MINI E Race met this considerable challenge with great authority. The aim of this unique undertaking was to provide an impressive showcase of the great potential of the MINI E and its environment-friendly drive concept.”

The driver was clearly impressed too. “I’ve driven this circuit many times, but never in such an extraordinary car,” said Jäger. “The power of the electric motor has an incredible effect, as you can access its full reserves of torque at all times. Another element of this fascinating experience is the lack of noise from the drivetrain. All in all, that was certainly the cleanest and quietest race lap I’ve ever driven.”

The MINI E Race demonstrates that MINI is leaving no stone unturned to prove the MINI E under all conditions. The public trials are approaching halfway and are proving highly successful. They are also helping to inform the BMW Group about the use of electric vehicles in real world conditions and contributing to the mass of planning and knowledge that is accumulating in BMW’s Project i. The company has announced its decision to start production of a Megacity vehicle in 2013.

Set up like a race track to celebrate MINI’s glorious racing heritage, Rauno Aaltonen will also be on the MINI stand for interviews and to meet fans over the three days.

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New MINI models make Goodwood debut

Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the current range of MINI models including examples of the Hatch, Convertible and Clubman. Making its debut at a UK motoring event will be the new MINI Countryman that goes on sale at MINI dealers on September 18th 2010. The Countryman opens up a new era in the MINI story.

It is the largest MINI model ever made and it is also the first to offer four doors and the option of four wheel drive in the ALL4 models.

The MINI Countryman range will form the fourth pillar of the MINI brand and it seeks to offer a solution to MINI owners who love the brand but feel forced to move to another make when they need more space in their car. The MINI Countryman will be available in five models, two of which will offer ALL4, MINI’s new four wheel drive option.

The Countryman retains a familiar MINI appearance, albeit distinctly different to any that have gone before. It is 398 mm longer than a MINI Hatch, 106 mm wider and 172mm higher. With the seats up it offers 190 litres more luggage capacity than a MINI Hatch, with a total of 350 litres. With the rear seats folded flat, capacity increases to 1,170 litres.

This large load space is accessed through a wide-opening tailgate. For the first time ever a MINI has four wide-opening doors, passenger capacity for five adults and a flexible, activity-orientated interior packed with innovations. All UK models will be built as five seat cars, although customers can specify the four seat option at no extra cost.

Featuring that typical ‘wheel at each corner’ stance with short overhangs, the Countryman not only has larger dimensions than its cousins but also a higher ride height. This provides the commanding driving position preferred by many drivers as well as the ground clearance for soft off-road driving. Its ground clearance is 10mm higher than any other MINI model.

Many design characteristics are familiar such as the high window line and window graphics circumnavigating the glasshouse while others are new interpretations of iconic features. For example, the roofline with roof rails, the reinterpretation of the hexagonal radiator grille and the prominent headlight units integrated into the bonnet.

The Countryman range will include three petrol and two diesel models, as well as two ALL4 all- wheel drive models – the Cooper D ALL4 and Cooper S ALL4. The petrol engines are equipped with the new 1.6 litre power plants already announced for the Hatch, Convertible and Clubman models and introduced in March 2010. The new diesel-powered units combine excellent performance with parsimonious fuel consumption and extremely low emissions, both emitting well below 120g/km.

The petrol engines all feature VALVETRONIC variable valve timing that produces more torque low down and aids overall efficiency. The Cooper S model also features a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection that enables blistering performance with modest fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. All engines meet EU5 emissions standards. The key performance data are listed below:

Model/ hp@rpm/ Nm@rpm/ 0-62 mph/ Top speed/ Combined mpg/ CO2 g/km

One/98 @6,000/153@3,000/11.9 secs/107/47.1/139

Cooper/122@6,000/160@4,250/10.5 secs/118/47.1/140

Cooper/S184@5,500/240@1,600*/7.6 secs/134/46.3/143

One D/90@4,000/215@1,750/12.9 secs/106/64.2/115

Cooper D/112@4,000/270@1,750/10.9 secs/115/64.2/115

*The MINI Cooper S Countryman delivers 260 Nm of torque for short periods courtesy of Overboost.

Two models in the new Countryman range will offer four wheel drive, for the very first time in MINI’s 51 year history. The MINI Cooper D and Cooper S ALL4 models will be available as models in their own right from day one. A MINI Cooper ALL4 will follow in 2011.

Four-wheel drive is not needed for much of normal driving and it does consume more energy to drive all four wheels. MINI has a typically smart answer for this conundrum: the Countryman ALL4 is a front wheel drive car in most normal circumstances, but when an electro-mechanical clutch in the rear axle detects any sign of wheel slip it engages drive to the rear wheels to improve traction.

To enable this imperceptible change to the driven wheels a propeller shaft from the front axle is driven constantly and is ready to direct drive forces from the front axle to the rear. The amount of power fed to the rear wheels is infinitely variable between one per cent and 100, depending upon the slip encountered.

The price over the standard front wheel drive Countryman models is a modest £1,065 for the MINI Cooper D ALL4 and £1,190 for the MINI Cooper S ALL4, while the penalty in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is smaller than one might expect. In the case of the MINI Cooper D ALL4 Countryman, it delivers a CO2 value below 130g/km.

“With Countryman prices starting at £16,000, and offering a high standard specification along with optional MINI tlc, Chili and Pepper Packs, the Countryman offers new horizons for the MINI brand” said Jochen Goller, Director of MINI UK.

Monte Carlo Rally Legend drives the Forest Rally Stage

Rauno Aaltonen will also drive a classic Mini Cooper S on the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage. Aaltonen, along with Paddy Hopkirk and Timo Makinen, is part of the legend that saw the tiny car defeat all comers in the top echelons of rallying during the 1960s.

Aaltonen, known as the ‘Rally Professor’, invented the idea of left foot braking to balance the car as it entered corners. He enjoyed a long professional driving career from 1956 to the late 1970s and enjoyed a particularly purple patch when driving for the works Mini team winning the 1965 European Rally Championship in 1965 and the blue riband Monte Carlo Rally in 1967. He won countless other events too, including Britain’s RAC rally and the Gallaher 500 in Australia (now the famous ‘Great Race’ – the Bathhurst 500), also in a Mini Cooper S.

This legend of the world of rallying will be driving a privately-owned 1964 Monte Carlo car on the challenging Goodwood Forest Rally Stage on both the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. One or two lucky people will experience the passenger seat to see at first hand the Flying Finn deliver a masterclass of MINI action.

Aaltonen has for many years been chief instructor for BMW’s driver training programme that operates winter and high performance driver training for customers in Austria, Germany, Finland and elsewhere around the globe.

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