BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm.

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BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm. The long-standing team principal of BMW Team Schnitzer passed away on 24th January 2019 unexpectedly after a very short and grave illness at 63 years of age.

Munich. BMW Motorsport mourns the loss of Charly Lamm. The long-standing team principal of BMW Team Schnitzer passed away on 24th January 2019 unexpectedly after a very short and grave illness at 63 years of age.
 
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt:
“Totally unexpectedly we received the news from the Lamm family that Charly Lamm died on Thursday. Our sincere condolences go to the Lamm family and the Schnitzer family. It is incredibly difficult to accept that Charly is no longer with us. He had a significant impact on racing at BMW for decades, celebrated major successes with his team, and wowed fans around the world with his unique passion for racing. Losing him so suddenly is a shock and a tragedy – particularly because Charly was just about to start a brand new chapter of his life. We mourn the loss of a character who was both valued and loved internationally, who will always be closely linked with BMW Motorsport. Thank you for everything Charly. We will miss you forever.”

At both the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship race in Santiago (CHL), the BMW teams will compete in memory of Charly Lamm.

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BMW Motorsport trauert um Charly Lamm.

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München. BMW Motorsport trauert um Charly Lamm. Der langjährige Teamchef vom BMW Team Schnitzer verstarb am 24. Januar 2019 vollkommen unerwartet nach sehr kurzer und schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 63 Jahren.
 
BMW Motorsport Direktor Jens Marquardt:
„Völlig unerwartet hat uns die Nachricht von der Familie Lamm erreicht, dass Charly Lamm am Donnerstag verstorben ist. Unser tief empfundenes Beileid gilt der Familie Lamm und der Familie Schnitzer. Es ist schier unfassbar, dass Charly nicht mehr unter uns ist. Er hat den Rennsport bei BMW über Jahrzehnte entscheidend geprägt, mit seinem Team großartige Triumphe gefeiert und Fans auf der ganzen Welt mit seiner einzigartigen Leidenschaft für den Rennsport fasziniert. Ihn so plötzlich zu verlieren, ist ein Schock und eine Tragödie – gerade deshalb, weil Charly dabei war, ein ganz neues Kapitel in seinem Leben aufzuschlagen. Wir trauern um eine international geschätzte und geliebte Persönlichkeit, die für immer eng mit BMW Motorsport verbunden sein wird. Danke für alles, Charly. Wir werden Dich unendlich vermissen.“

Sowohl beim 24-Stunden-Rennen von Daytona (USA) als auch beim Rennen der ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Santiago (CHL) werden die BMW Teams in Gedenken an Charly Lamm mit Trauerflor starten.

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New direction in BMW Group sales regions

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Munich. A core element of the BMW Group’s corporate Strategy Number ONE > NEXT is to increase customer orientation and to focus on future technologies and growth opportunities in global markets. In line with this, the BMW Group is reorganising its sales regions across numerous growth markets.

Sales and marketing operations in Asia Pacific (excluding China), Eastern Europe (outside EU), the Middle East and Africa will be integrated into a single sales region. Hendrik von Kuenheim will take responsibility for this new region on 1st February 2019 and further leverage the opportunities for growth in this dynamic set of countries. Mr. von Kuenheim is currently responsible for the sales and marketing in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Commenting on this new structure, Pieter Nota, member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Sales and Brand BMW, said, “What these markets have in common is great growth potential. This reorganization will enhance collective market strength and ensure that, together with our partners in the region, we can fully capitalize on our exciting line-up of new products. Hendrik has extensive sales experience from various management roles with the BMW Group across all regions worldwide. He brings in-depth knowledge of the individual market dynamics, the customer requirements and capabilities of the respective teams in this region. A smooth transition and fast start are guaranteed.”

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With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a workforce of 129,932 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Neuausrichtung der BMW Group Vertriebsregionen

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München. Mit ihrer Unternehmensstrategie Number ONE > NEXT richtet die BMW Group ihren Fokus gezielt auf Zukunftstechnologien, Kundenorientierung und auf wachsende Märkte in der ganzen Welt. Im Zuge der Strategieumsetzung hat sie jetzt ihre Vertriebsorganisation in zahlreichen Wachstumsmärkten neu ausgerichtet.

Vertrieb und Marketing in Asien (ohne China), Osteuropa, dem Mittleren Osten und Afrika werden zukünftig in einer Vertriebsregion zusammengefasst, um mit Synergieeffekten das Potenzial dieser sich dynamisch entwickelnden Märkte zu nutzen. Hendrik von Kuenheim wird ab 1. Februar 2019 diese Vertriebsregion leiten. Er verantwortet derzeit Vertrieb und Marketing in Osteuropa, im Mittleren Osten und in Afrika.

„Was diese Märkte gemeinsam haben ist ein großes Wachstumspotenzial“, erklärt Pieter Nota, Vorstandsmitglied der BMW AG für Vertrieb und Marke BMW. „Die Neuausrichtung wird Synergien schaffen und uns dabei helfen, mit unserem neuen und zukunftsfähigen Produktportfolio diese Wachstumschancen zu nutzen – gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern vor Ort. Ich freue mich, dass mit Hendrik von Kuenheim ein Kollege diese Region leiten wird, der nicht nur Vertriebsexpertise in unterschiedlichsten Leitungspositionen weltweit in der BMW Group mitbringt, sondern auch ein profunder Kenner der Märkte, der Kunden und der jeweiligen Teams in dieser Region ist“, so Nota. „Mit ihm werden wir einen schnellen und reibungslosen Start in der neuen Vertriebsregion hinlegen.“

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Im Jahr 2018 erzielte die BMW Group einen weltweiten Absatz von mehr als 2.490.000 Automobilen und über 165.000 Motorrädern. Das Ergebnis vor Steuern im Geschäftsjahr 2017 belief sich auf 10,655 Mrd. €, der Umsatz auf 98,678 Mrd. €. Zum 31. Dezember 2017 beschäftigte das Unternehmen weltweit 129.932 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter.
Seit jeher sind langfristiges Denken und verantwortungsvolles Handeln die Grundlage des wirtschaftlichen Erfolges der BMW Group. Das Unternehmen hat ökologische und soziale Nachhaltigkeit entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette, umfassende Produktverantwortung sowie ein klares Bekenntnis zur Schonung von Ressourcen fest in seiner Strategie verankert.

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BMW Motorrad startet in die Messe-Saison 2019.

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Auch wenn es in Deutschland noch winterlich kalt ist, startetBMW Motorrad bereits mit Vollgas in die neue Saison. Auf den Regional-Messen in Berlin, München, Hamburg und Dortmund empfängt BMW Motorrad die Besucher mit einem über 400 qm großen Messestand und gibt einen Überblick über nahezu die gesamte 2019er Modellpalette.Selbstverständlich mit von der Partie sind die im November auf der EICMA präsentierten Highlights – allen voran natürlich die sechs Weltpremieren, die nun erstmals hautnah zu erleben sind: Von Grund auf neu entwickelt geht die BMW S 1000 RR in die dritte Modellgeneration und ist leichter und stärker als je zuvor der Maßstab im Supersportsegment. Die neue BMW R 1250 R, die neue BMW R 1250 RS und die neue BMW R 1250 GS Adventure zeigen die Faszination Roadster, Sporttouring und Abenteuer in optimierter Form und neuer Antriebsdimension.Mit der BMW F 850 GS Adventure, dem Powertool für Motorradabenteuer in der Adventure-Mittelklasse, baut BMW Motorrad das Premiumangebot in diesem Segment nun weiter aus. Und im Bereich urbane Mobilität begeistert der neue BMW C 400 GT, der Gran Turismo unter den Midsize-Scootern, mit Komfort, Dynamik und jeder Menge Fahrspaß.Neben den EICMA-Neuheiten bekommen die Besucherinnen und Besucher auf dem BMW Motorrad Messestand außerdem einen Einblick in das Zubehörangebot sowie die innovative BMW Motorrad Fahrerausstattung. Ebenfalls mit von der Partie sind die Kooperationspartner Enduropark Hechlingen, Malelobo und die MotoRacingSchool, die sich auf dem Messetand von BMW Motorrad präsentieren.Berliner Motorradtage, 08.-10.02.2019. Der Messestart in Berlin ist ein Auftakt nach Maß. Rund 220 Aussteller laden in die angesagten Location „Station Berlin“, in der Luckenwalder Straße am Gleisdreieck ein, um sich mit den Modellen des Motorradjahres 2019 vertraut zu machen und ausgiebig Probe zu sitzen. In Berlin ist der 400 qm große BMW Motorrad Messestand außerdem noch einmal um 100 qm erweitert, um aufwändigen Custom-Umbauten rund um die Heritage-Reihe ausreichend Raum zu geben.IMOT München, 17.-19.02.2019.Nur eine Woche später lädt BMW Motorrad auf der Internationalen Motorradausstellung IMOT in München vom 17.-19. Februar 2019 alle Zweiradfans im Süden ein, sich dort ebenfalls über Neuheiten zu informieren, ausgiebig Probe zu sitzen und mit Gleichgesinnten die Faszination Motorrad in all ihren Facetten zu erleben. Wie auch in Berlin sind hier alle Neuheiten der EICMA und das Modellportfolio 2019 zu sehen.Hamburger Motorradtage (HMT), 22.-24.02.2019.Die Hamburger Motorradtage feiern in diesem Jahr ihr 25-jähriges Jubiläum und öffnen vom 22. bis 24. Februar in den Hamburger Messehallen auf über 40.000 qm Ausstellungs- und Aktionsfläche ihre Tore. Erstmalig erweitert BMW Motorrad den Messestand in Hamburg um eine 100 qm große Aktionsfläche mit aufwändigen Custom-Umbauten rund um die Heritage-Reihe. Außerdem wird es nur in Hamburg ein BMW Motorrad Aktion-T-Shirt geben, dessen Verkaufserlös an das Kinderhospiz Sternbrücke gespendet wird.Motorräder Dortmund, 28.2.-03.03.2019.Den Abschluss der BMW Motorrad Messe-Reise durch Deutschland macht die „Motorräder Dortmund“ vom 28. Februar bis 03. März 2019. Mit mehr als 100.000 Besuchern zählt die Messe in den Dortmunder Westfalenhallen zu den größten Motorrad-Endverbrauchermessen in Europa. BMW Motorrad ist seit mittlerweile über 30 Jahren kontinuierlich als Aussteller mit dabei. In diesem Jahr können die Besucher auch hier auf dem BMW Motorradstand die aktuelle Modellpalette 2019 aus nächster Nähe erleben.
 
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Die BMW Group Die BMW Group ist mit ihren Marken BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce und BMW Motorrad der weltweit führende Premium-Hersteller von Automobilen und Motorrädern und Anbieter von Premium-Finanz- und Mobilitätsdienstleistungen. Das BMW Group Produktionsnetzwerk umfasst 30 Produktions- und Montagestätten in 14 Ländern; das Unternehmen verfügt über ein globales Vertriebsnetzwerk mit Vertretungen in über 140 Ländern.Im Jahr 2018 erzielte die BMW Group einen weltweiten Absatz von mehr als 2.490.000 Automobilen und über 165.000 Motorrädern. Das Ergebnis vor Steuern im Geschäftsjahr 2017 belief sich auf 10,655 Mrd. €, der Umsatz auf 98,678 Mrd. €. Zum 31. Dezember 2017 beschäftigte das Unternehmen weltweit 129.932 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter.Seit jeher sind langfristiges Denken und verantwortungsvolles Handeln die Grundlage des wirtschaftlichen Erfolges der BMW Group. Das Unternehmen hat ökologische und soziale Nachhaltigkeit entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette, umfassende Produktverantwortung sowie ein klares Bekenntnis zur Schonung von Ressourcen fest in seiner Strategie verankert.
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BMW M Motorsport Media Guide: Daytona 24 Hours.

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Thu Jan 24 17:24:16 CET 2019 Press Kit

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship combines magnificent cars, iconic racetracks, quality drivers and passionate fans. 2019 starts with an absolute highlight: at the Daytona 24 Hours, BMW works driver and brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi will be at the wheel of the #24 BMW M8 GTE.

Thanks to the great work of the BMW Motorsport engineers in adapting the cockpit to Zanardi’s special needs, he is able to share the cockpit with the regular BMW Team RLL drivers John Edwards, Jesse Krohn as well as Australian Chaz Mostert.

Connor De Phillippi and Tom Blomqvist will compete the IMSA season in the #25 BMW M8 GTE. In Daytona, Blomqvist will be replaced by Augusto Farfus. Further drivers for the 24-hour classic are Philipp Eng and Colton Herta.

This Media Guide introduces you to the BMW M8 GTE, BMW Team RLL and the driver squad for the race in Daytona. Furthermore it offers a look behind the scenes of all the technical challenges and details behind Alex Zanardi’s “Road to Daytona”.

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Concorso d`Eleganza Villa D`Este 2019. Media-accreditation starts on 24th of January 2019.

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Thu Jan 24 16:23:00 CET 2019 Press Release

Media accreditation phase for the Concorso D´Eleganza Villa D´Este starts from this day forward. The beauty pageant for historic vehicles will once again be organised jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and takes place form 24th until 26th of May 2019.

München/Cernobbio. The beauty pageant for historic vehicles will once again be organised jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este 

This year’s motto:
“The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the  Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles”.

1929 saw the premiere of this competition
and the launch of the first series automobile from BMW – the 3 /15 PS.

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oncorso d`Eleganza Villa D`Este 2019. Media-accreditation starts on 24th of January 2019.

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Media accreditation phase for the Concorso D´Eleganza Villa D´Este starts from this day forward. The beauty pageant for historic vehicles will once again be organised jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and takes place form 24th until 26th of May 2019.

München/Cernobbio. The beauty pageant for historic vehicles will once again be organised jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este 

This year’s motto:
“The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the  Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles”.

1929 saw the premiere of this competition
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Concorso d`Eleganza Villa D`Este 2019 – Presse-Akkreditierung ab dem 24. Januar 2019 möglich.

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Thu Jan 24 16:22:52 CET 2019 Pressemeldung

Ab dem heutigen Tag startet die Presseakkredtierungs-Phase für den Concorso D`Eleganza Villa D`Este 2019.  Der von der BMW Group Classic und dem Grand Hotel Villa d’Este gemeinsam veranstaltete Schönheitswettbewerb für historische Fahrzeuge findet in diesem Jahr vom 24. bis 26. Mai statt.

München/Cernobbio. Der von der BMW Group Classic und dem Grand Hotel Villa d’Este gemeinsam veranstaltete Concorso D´Eleganza Villa D´Este findet in diesem Jahr vom 24. bis 26. Mai statt und steht unter dem Motto:

„The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles“.

1929 feierten dieser Wettbewerb und das erste Serienautomobil von BMW – der 3/15 PS – Premiere.

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Top-notch BMW engineering, know-how and passion: the development of Alessandro Zanardi’s driving systems, from 2003 to now.

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Munich. When BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) climbs behind the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA, 26th/27th January), he will embark on the latest chapter of his unprecedented career . Zanardi has enjoyed success in BMW race cars for many years. Just two years after his crash in a CART race at the Lausitzring, which resulted in the loss of both legs, he was back driving a specially modified BMW 320i in the 2003 European Touring Car Championship. Since then, he has raced for BMW M Motorsport in various series. In the process, he and the BMW M Motorsport engineers have been continually perfecting the systems that allow him to race. From the BMW 320i, the BMW Z4 GT3 and the BMW M6 GT3 to the BMW M4 DTM and the BMW M8 GTE: an overview of the continual further development of the modifications to Zanardi’s BMW race cars.
 
“When I woke and realised that I no longer had legs, I did not ask myself: What am I going to do without legs? Instead, I thought: Okay, what do I need to do to be able to do everything I want to without legs,” says Zanardi, recalling the time immediately after his crash on 15th September 2001.

His plans included a speedy return to racing. He did initially encounter a degree of scepticism regarding his comeback plans. After all, a double leg amputee was something new in the world of motorsport: “People were afraid that something could happen to me. However, if I break a leg, all I need is a screwdriver to repair it,” he explains, with his typical self-deprecating humour. “When I had to do the medical checks to get my licence, they performed countless examinations. I felt like they were just looking for an excuse to say: ‘Sorry, you can’t do it’. When they examined my head, I told them: ‘Hey guys, I lost my legs in the crash, not my head!’”

But not everyone was sceptical. In Munich, Zanardi was welcomed with open arms. “I was fortunate that a fantastic company like BMW was interested in the project. They were really interested in doing something more than just showing how technically advanced their methods were, and how good their cars are. It was about what a person needs. And the rest is history – here we are now.”

BMW 320i and BMW 320si – ETCC and WTCC.
The story began in 2003 with the BMW 320i. Together with BMW Motorsport and BMW Team Italy-Spain, which belonged to touring car legend Roberto Ravaglia (ITA), Zanardi planned to race at the season finale of the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) at Monza (ITA). “At first, I thought that I would have to do everything with my hands. With the first system, I was braking with a ring on the steering wheel. I used another ring to accelerate and operated the H gearbox with my right hand. My fingers operated the clutch, via a button on the gear lever. I was basically steering using just the ball of my thumbs,” he recalls. “That was definitely too much. When I came back to the garage after the first test, I said to the guys: ‘I have so much to do, I am turning with my arms and hands – but if you could put a little brush between my legs too, then I could also sweep the cockpit.”

And so it was that Zanardi suggested using his artificial legs: “The engineers were a little sceptical, but I was sure that I could apply enough force to the brake pedal if my artificial leg was attached to it and I could use my hips to apply downward pressure. All we had to do was to develop a brake pedal to which my artificial leg could be permanently attached. That proved to be a very efficient solution. I noticed in the very first test that I could not only apply the necessary pressure, but was surprised by how well I could control the pressure and feel the brake pedal.”

The system was decided upon: a ring on the steering wheel was used to accelerate, the brakes were operated via his artificial leg and the brake pedal, and the H gearbox was managed with his right hand. This system was then used in competition: in the ETCC from 2003 to 2004 and then from 2005 to 2009 in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), in which Zanardi claimed four race wins in the BMW 320i and BMW 320si. Over the years, the system was consistently optimised and made more efficient.

BMW Z4 GT3 – Blancpain GT Series.
Having focussed solely on his second passion, paracycling, for several years after 2010, Zanardi announced his return to motor racing in 2014. He competed for Ravaglia’s team in the Blancpain GT Sprint Series – this time in a BMW Z4 GT3. “We transferred everything we had developed for the BMW 320i to the BMW Z4 GT3. It all worked perfectly,” says Zanardi. One of the few differences was that he no longer changed gears using the H gearbox, but via shift paddles on the steering wheel.

However, circumstances then resulted in another big step forward: in 2015, Zanardi raced alongside Timo Glock (GER) and Bruno Spengler (CAN) in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). He was now sharing the cockpit with other drivers – and the BMW engineers were faced with the task of modifying the BMW Z4 GT3 to allow both Zanardi and his non-physically impaired team-mates to drive the car. The result was a “very, very clever solution,” to quote Zanardi.

“I showed the engineers in Munich my artificial leg, which is a hollow tube, and suggested that we could replace the brake pedal with a system, in which a kind of pin was slid into the prosthesis,” the Italian reports. “They embraced the idea and developed a very thin brake pedal for me, which was fitted to the very right of the pedal box. Timo and Bruno used the normal accelerator and brake pedals in the middle of the pedal box.”

The two brake pedals were linked and moved simultaneously. The clutch pedal was also removed completely from the pedal box and replaced with a clutch-by-wire system. This system was controlled using two clutch paddles. Instead of the clutch pedal, a footrest was fitted to the left of the pedal box for Zanardi. This gave his body extra support when braking. Zanardi’s steering wheel was also completely new at Spa. It was based on the steering wheel he had used previously in the BMW Z4 GT3, but had been optimised in many areas.

BMW M6 GT3.
When Zanardi made his debut in the BMW M6 GT3 in 2016, the system was improved yet further. The clutch actuator was replaced by a fully-automatic centrifugal clutch, which was developed by ZF, Premium Partner of BMW M Motorsport. This opens and closes automatically at a certain engine speed and need no longer be operated by the driver. For Zanardi, the system has the major benefit that he no longer needs to operate a clutch lever with one of his hands.

However, that is not the only reason that Zanardi is impressed by the centrifugal clutch: “It is astonishing how well this mechanism works. This clutch is extremely reliable. The wear is minimal and so there are fewer problems with this solution than with a standard clutch. Since we installed it in the car, it has done its job perfectly for us. When you set off again after the pit stop, it is impossible to stall the engine. Plus, it doesn’t matter whether the tyres are cold or warm. Whenever you set off, this clutch can manage the grip – probably better than a standard system.”

Zanardi’s debut in the modified BMW M6 GT3 was a great success: he took a highly-acclaimed victory in Sunday’s race at the season finale of the Italian GT Championship at Mugello (ITA).

BMW M4 DTM and BMW M8 GTE.
“The system we had in place at that point allowed me to be quick, even for a number of laps. But to be honest, it was really difficult to sit in the car for a long time, to really be of any assistance to my team over the duration of a 24-hour race,” says Zanardi. As he has no legs, he lacks important extremities, which help to cool the body through blood circulation. Furthermore, the close-fitting shafts of his artificial legs do not allow any perspiration: “Every time I climbed out of the car, I was thoroughly baked through.”

It was clear to Zanardi that he would be able to drive for far longer and feel more comfortable in the car without his prostheses. As such, he sat down with the BMW M Motorsport engineers in Munich and came up with a completely new system: a system, that would allow Zanardi to operate everything with his arms and hands. This would have been an issue in the BMW 320i in 2003, due to the H gearbox, however, the modern transmission in today’s GT race cars and the now established centrifugal clutch opened up new possibilities. This was initially tested in the BMW M6 GT3 and then given its first acid test, which it passed with flying colours when Zanardi made a guest appearance in the DTM at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM at Misano in August 2018. All of this was leading up to one goal: Zanardi’s start in the BMW M8 GTE at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

The brake pedal was replaced by a brake lever, which Zanardi pushes forward with his right arm. This is mounted on the transmission tunnel and connected to the brake. Zanardi accelerates using a throttle ring on the steering wheel, which he predominantly operates with his left hand. He can change gear using a shift paddle on the steering wheel. At the same time, a switch is also attached to the brake lever, with which he can shift down through the gears when braking into corners.

Thanks to the hand braking system in the BMW M8 GTE, the physical problems Zanardi has struggled with in the past are no longer an issue. “If the regulations allowed it, I could do a 24-hour race on my own now,” he says, chuckling. “I am really comfortable in the car without my artificial legs. It is obviously a little bit more complicated, because I have so much to do with my arms and hands – but from a physical point of view it is like chalk and cheese.”

Passion is the key.
From the initial drafts in 2003 to the hand braking system in the BMW M8 GTE – development never stands still in the Zanardi project. For the Italian, being able to drive a GT race car without his prostheses is like “winning the race”. However, Zanardi is keen to stress that none of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of the BMW M Motorsport engineers: “It obviously takes skill and effort – but above all that, you need passion. When the engineers are taking their work back home with them to their families, that shows how passionate they are. What we have here is the result of an enormous amount of commitment and passion, coupled with immense expertise.”

The hand braking system in the BMW M8 GTE also opens “a new dimension,” he emphasised. “BMW has introduced another real innovation with this. This system also works for others. Anyone who is unable to use their legs but has two arms could drive this car.”

When he wanted to race again after his crash, he was met with great scepticism. That would not be the case today – and Zanardi and BMW M Motorsport have been instrumental in changing this attitude: “It has been a long road, but I believe that what we have achieved has also created new possibilities for others. No longer does anyone ask whether a disabled driver can race. Take Frederic Sausset: he had both his legs and arms amputated and still raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. Or Billy Monger. The only thing people want to know nowadays is how good a driver you are. Disabilities do not matter, as they know that you can overcome them with special solutions.”

An overview of Alessandro Zanardi’s driving systems.

BMW 320i and BMW 320si (2003-2009): Modified brake pedal, attached to the artificial leg; steering wheel with ring for accelerating; gears changed using H gear lever, operated with right hand

BMW Z4 GT3 – Blancpain GT Series (2014): Modified brake pedal, attached to the artificial leg; steering wheel with ring for accelerating; gears changed using shift paddles on steering wheel

BMW Z4 GT3 – 24h Spa (2015): New, very thin brake pedal added to the pedal box and inserted into the prosthetic leg like a pin; steering wheel with ring for accelerating; gears changed using shift paddles on steering wheel; clutch-by-wire system with clutch paddles

BMW M6 GT3 (2016): Thin brake pedal, similar to 24h Spa; steering wheel with ring for accelerating; gears changed using shift paddles on steering wheel; newly-developed centrifugal clutch

BMW M4 DTM and BMW M8 GTE (2018-2019): Hand-operated brake lever for braking; steering wheel with ring for accelerating; upshift via paddle on steering wheel, downshift via button on brake lever, centrifugal clutch

MIL OSI