The BMW SIM Live Event now has two new names added to its line-up

It seems, lately, that a weekend doesn’t go by without a sim race happening somewhere around the world. BMW is betting big on the phenomenon … The article The BMW SIM Live Event now has two new names added to its line-up appeared first on BMW BLOG

The BMW SIM Live Event now has two new names added to its line-up

It seems, lately, that a weekend doesn’t go by without a sim race happening somewhere around the world. BMW is betting big on the phenomenon apparently and has even set up a big event for it under the BMW SIM 120 Cup. This weekend, another stage took place, on the virtual Nurburgring and featured an interesting mix of drivers at the start line, fighting for a chance to enter the BMW SIM Live Event to be hosted towards the end of the year.

Laurin Heinrich and Alexander Voß  celebrated victory in the #089 BMW M8 GTE, claiming prize money of 1,200 US dollars each. After two hours of racing, second place went to Kay Kaschube and Nils Koch, who completed the one-two result for the BS+COMPETITION team and won 600 US dollars each. In a repeat of events at the fourth race in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO a few weeks ago, the order in which the team-mates would finish only became clear on the final lap.

Maximilian Benecke and Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen from Team Redline finished in third place. BMW works drivers Bruno Spengler and Philipp Eng claimed 16th place for ZF BMW Team. The BMW SIM 120 Cup on the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit featured 46 teams competing just in the top split. This saw the drivers with the best overall ratings battling for victory on the iRacing platform in a competition that featured Romain Grosjean as the second Formula 1 driver alongside Verstappen.

Heinrich and Voß were able to secure pole position after a close-fought qualifying session in the top split. They were able to defend that position until just a few minutes from the end. However, Voß then had to let Koch pass in the #7 BMW M8 GTE after sliding out. Koch then received a ‘slow down’ penalty after putting all four wheels off the track when driving through the NGK chicane for the penultimate time. That allowed Voß to pull level with his team-mate once again and regain the lead on the first turn of the final lap of the race.

The result means that Voß and Heinrich are the third duo to confirm their participation in the BMW SIM Live 2020 event. Benecke, Maximilian Wenig, Josh Rogers and Mitchell deJong had already booked their BMW SIM 120 Cups tickets at Daytona and Sebring. As the year progresses, three further BMW SIM 120 Cup races will give drivers the opportunity to secure their places on the grid for BMW SIM Live 2020. They will take place at the circuits of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL, 5th July), Road Atlanta (USA, 20th September) and Interlagos (BRA, 8th November).

The article The BMW SIM Live Event now has two new names added to its line-up appeared first on BMW BLOG

Source : BMW Blog More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

BMW reportedly greenlights first-ever M4 Gran Coupe

Update: Our own sources say that the BMW M4 Gran Coupe option is not yet on the table. The very first BMW M4 Gran Coupe … The article BMW reportedly greenlights first-ever M4 Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

BMW reportedly greenlights first-ever M4 Gran Coupe

Update: Our own sources say that the BMW M4 Gran Coupe option is not yet on the table. The very first BMW M4 Gran Coupe model is rumored to arrive on the market by 2022. If a full-fledge M variant was a no-go for the current F36 generation, it appears that BMW have changed their mind and is now mulling the option of offering an M4 Gran Coupe beginning with 2022.

Dubbed G26, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe generation will be premiered in the first quarter of 2021. The mid-class four-door coupe will also spawn the all-electric i4, expected to bow next year as well.

Rendering @zer.0.wt

The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is based on the Concept 4 and Concept i4 showcars, albeit slightly toned down to fit a production-like design.

Coming back to the BMW M4 Gran Coupe, this is a totally new addition to the lineup and a long-time coming. Internal sources indicate a high chance that this new version was already greenlighted and on route to be unveiled by 2022.

Supposedly carrying a G8x codename (possibly G86), the first BMW M4 Gran Coupe will use the same powertrain as the G80 M3 and G82/G83 M4, meaning that a standard 480 PS/473 hp model and a 510 PS/503 hp M4 Competition variant will be available. The high-performance M4 Gran Coupe will also be underpinned by the standard M xDrive chassis.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe – A new Render With The Same Large Kidney Grille

It appears that the decision was favored mostly by the popularity of the Gran Coupe body, which accounts for most of the 4 Series sales volumes, especially in the U.S. and Europe. As sales of Coupe and Convertible models are declining, it is quite a no-brainer adding the new M4 Gran Coupe to further boost sales of the M4 family.

BMW M is also betting on the M8 Gran Coupe to receive a new generation after the F93 series and remain the sole M8 in the business. The standard and M variants of the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible are rumored to be on the chopping block.

Camouflaged prototypes are yet to hit streets, but if the new BMW M4 Gran Coupe will indeed materialize, we should start seeing the test cars by the end of this year.

We’ll follow closely on this topic and see how the M4 Gran Coupe project unfolds.

[Source: Autocar]

 

The article BMW reportedly greenlights first-ever M4 Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

Source : BMW Blog More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.