Every year in August car enthusiasts from all over the world pilgrimage to the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. Where they will get to see the newest cars and innovations side by side with old classics and historic cars..
40 years ago BMW founded BMW of North America, the first official sales company outside of Europe. In the same year BMW Motorsport made its debut in motor racing in the US – IMSA series – with a specially made BMW 3.0 CSL. Just a few weeks later BMW recorded its first historic triumph at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Followed by numerous other victories, including one at Laguna Seca, just 15 miles from Pebble Beach. It all came down how well machine and man could work together.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R.
With the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R, BMW shows us new ways how man and machine can work together. The design of the interior started with the racing suit and helmet. The helmet is now an additional display and projects important driving parameters (speed, gear,…) directly in the field of view of the driver. This helps to keep focused on the track without taking your eyes off the road. The suit is a classical design by Puma. The wooden instrument panel displays additional information. In the picture it shows the race track of Laguna Seca with its braking points. In the middle of the panel is the central eBoost charging display. The car is made mostly out of lightweights carbon fiber and every part has its specific function and is necessary.
Also, the cars lighting is at the latest state of technology with laser lights at the front end and LED’s at the rear. There are no more side mirrors, instead, you find a camera on each side. The feed of the camera is displayed in a small display above the steering wheel. This monitor also displays additional information like lap times, overall race time and the car’s current track position if needed.
BMW Concept M4 GTS
A year after the launch of the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M GmbH is presenting the BMW Concept M4 GTS an initial preview of a high-performance model to be sold in the US. Built to be the ultimate driving machine on the road and race track. The car is equipped with the same water injection system as the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car. This innovative injection system reduces thermal stress on critical parts and raises output and torque. The car will feature OLED rear lights. This new light source provides flexibility and allows precision of lighting. More details on the production version will be revealed at a later date.
Besides the concept cars, BMW also presented the new 7 Series for the US market start. The 7 Series Sedan had its official world premiere about 2 months ago.
The event was held at a private villa in Pebble Beach. Unfortunately due to high traffic coming from L.A. I missed the official press conference but was able to have a glimpse at the new concept cars and talk to key people involved building and designing these cars. Fine food and drinks were provided for the after show. With BMW Individual you can customize your car even more and give it your own personal expression.
The helmet reminds me a little bit about the glasses Mini introduced a little while ago. This glasses are available for consumers and hope BMW will offer something similar.
The amazing 17 Mile Drive is right next door. The 17 Mile Drive is a road in Pebble Beach which runs along the coastline and offers some amazing views of the ocean. An important stop along the road should be the Lone Cypress Tree. It’s also the landmark of Pebble Beach.