Photo Gallery of Marco Wittmann’s Java Green BMW M4 Competition Package

For winning his second Driver’s Title in DTM, BMW gifted driver Marco Wittmann a Java Green BMW M4 Competition Package, fully decked out in M Performance gear. It was a very exciting looking car and one that we wouldn’t exactly call inconspicuous. Still, Wittmann was a fan.

“My new company car looks great and is a really fantastic drive,” Wittmann said. “The color suits me very well, because I love being on the road in a slightly more conspicuous car. BMW M Performance Parts refine the already awesome BMW M4 Coupe and turn it into a valuable and unique one-off. Many thanks to BMW, the BMW M GmbH and to BMW M Performance Parts. I will enjoy every kilometer in my new car.”

It is one of the more interesting looking M4s we’ve ever seen. The Java Green paint isn’t something we’d want on our cars but it actually works for the M4. What works even more are the contrast black and carbon fiber bits, both of which heavily adorn the M4 Competition Package. It gets carbon fiber bits in the front air intakes, side skirts and a pretty large fixed rear wing. The latter of which is the same one that was offered on the Spanish market-only BMW M4 CS edition, before the actual BMW M4 CS debuted worldwide. All of the carbon fiber body work creates a really nice contrast to the bright green paintwork and it looks really quite good.

Aside from that, Wittmann’s M4 is still a standard BMW M4 Competition Package. So it still gets the 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-six that makes 444 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. According to BMW, the M4 Competition Package can get from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and that’s entirely believable. It’s a seriously fast car. And this one comes with the added prestige that it’s been owned by racing driver Marco Wittmann. It even has his name written on the carbon fiber strut brace under the hood.

Check out this gallery of the stunning BMW M4 Competition Package made specifically for pro racing driver Marco Wittmann.


































2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record at Virginia International Raceway

Hot on the heels of Ford’s “accidental” lap record at Virginia International Raceway last week, Chevrolet gleefully announced that the upcoming 2019 Corvette ZR1 smashed the Ford GT’s still-fresh time by 1.37 seconds.

At the start of this satisfying and very patriotic series of landmark laps, the gone-but-not-forgotten 2016 Dodge Viper ACR made headlines in 2015 when it set multiple production lap records at a handful of tracks—one of which was VIR, where the be-winged Viper carved through the verdant track in a smokin’ 2:40.02.




 

That record apparently stood until last week, when a Ford GT supercar whipped around the track in an impressive 2:38:62. Not only was this a feather in the GT’s carbon-fiber cap, but Ford nonchalantly claimed this wasn’t even a planned record-breaking run, and only part of a validation lap to iron out a few developmental kinks.

Now, Chevrolet is the record holder, cracking the GT’s record a week later in the 2019 Corvette ZR1, clocking in a blistering 2:37.25 time. Following in Ford’s treadmarks, the automaker played it cool when discussing the new record in a release. According to the Corvette team, this too was a validation run, not meant for cracking the lap record.

This wasn’t some stripped-down test mule special, either. Aside from different seats, a harness bar, and five-point harnesses, the record-setting ‘Vette was bone stock. It was equipped with the ZTK performance package, adding a deep, deep front splitter, adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and MagneRide suspension. It also packed a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8 making 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, which may have played a part in setting the record.

GM cheerfully points out that the record was set by Jim Mero, a vehicle dynamics engineer for GM, and not some professional hotshoe like the record-setting Ford GT’s Billy Johnson, who is part of the team who pushed the Ford GT at Le Mans.

Watch the ZR1 set the VIR lap record in the video below.

Source: Chevrolet

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VIDEO: BMW autonomous driver aids makes other machines depressed from envy

Autonomous cars are the future. The world of autonomy is the next big venture for automakers and the technology is getting better and better, with more luxury cars being available with semi-autonomous driver aids. These aids are allowing drivers to do a bit of hands-off driving under certain circumstances and it’s really quite impressive. So impressive, in fact, that these sorts of technologies are becoming the envy of other machines, to the point where other machines are becoming depressed. At least that’s what BMW is saying in this latest video.

Obviously, machines don’t actually have emotions (at least not yet, they don’t. I’m watching you, Skynet). However, this funny new video from BMW suggest that its semi-autonomous driver aids are so good that owners’ other machines are going to kill themselves.

For instance, this owner’s Roomba-style robotic vacuum cleaner intentionally bumps into a table enough to make a glass of water spill on it, thus ending its life. His robotic lawn mower also drives itself into the pool, zapping it. The last one is almost kind of sad, as his personal robot buddy jumps off his house as he drives away. It’s actually sort of sad to watch but that’s what makes it funny. At the end, the screen reads “Smart Home? Smarter Car.” It’s a clever ad that not only shows us how autonomous our appliances are going to be in the future but does so in a way that makes us laugh.

To be honest, BMW’s driver aids aren’t exactly fully autonomous. They still require driver input every so often to remind the car that you’re alert and paying attention. In fact, I was once quickly corrected by a BMW employee for even calling them “autonomous”. However, these driver aids are getting better and they’re fascinating to use. Let’s just hope they don’t cause robots to actually kill themselves.

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Lotus Plans to Add Two All-New Cars and an SUV to Its Lineup

Lotus hasn’t done much in the U.S. for the past several years. It still sells an updated version of the Evora that we first drove back in 2009, but even 400 hp can’t quite make us forget the Elise and Exige we can no longer have. That said, anyone interested in an exceptionally quick track-only car can still pick up the ultra-hardcore Lotus 3-Eleven. But by 2022, that’s going to change drastically.

Automotive News reports that over the next four years, Lotus plans to add two all-new sports cars and an SUV to its lineup. The cars will come first, with both on the market by 2020. The SUV will arrive two years later.

“We are very confident we can launch those sports cars in two years and beat the competition where we want to beat them,” Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales told Automotive News. “We will never be No. 1 in luggage space, but we will be in handling.”

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales with the 3-Eleven

One of the new cars will sit on an updated version of the Evora’s bonded-aluminum platform, while the other will use a more expensive carbon-fiber tub similar to the ones commonly found in supercars. Gales didn’t give many more details or even say which will be introduced first, but he did suggest the second car will be a Nürburgring-eater like the 3-Eleven. “It will be something similar but much more civilized because the 3-Eleven is pretty raw,” said Gales.

As for the SUV, Gales didn’t say much. In the past, though, he’s said it will still be light, aerodynamic, and the best handling vehicle in its class. He also expects this SUV to quickly become Lotus’ bread and butter. The tiny British automaker only sold 1,600 cars worldwide last year, but Gales believes sales will eventually break 10,000 per year once the lineup includes the upcoming crossover.

Such a massive increase in demand, however, will require a massive production expansion. Gales said he expects to build the new sports cars in England, but building the SUV will likely mean building two new factories. One will probably be in China, but the location of the second one is still undecided.

“I can imagine two places worldwide, and I would love one to be in the U.K., but there are many things we need to discuss. Brexit casts a shadow over everything,” Gales said.

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record at Virginia International Raceway

Hot on the heels of Ford’s “accidental” lap record at Virginia International Raceway earlier last week, Chevrolet gleefully announced the upcoming 2019 Corvette ZR1 smashed the Ford GT’s still-fresh time by 1.37 seconds.

At the start of this satisfying and very patriotic progression, the gone-but-not-forgotten 2016 Dodge Viper ACR made headlines in 2015 when it set multiple production lap records at a handful of tracks. One of which was VIR, where the be-winged Viper carved through the verdant track in a smokin’ 2:40.02.

That record apparently stood until last week, when Ford whipped its GT supercar around the track in an impressive 2:38:62. Not only was this a feather in the GT’s carbon-fiber cap, but Ford nonchalantly claimed this wasn’t even a planned record-breaking run, and only part of a validation lap to iron out a few developmental kinks.

Now Chevrolet is the record holder, cracking the GT’s record a week later in the 2019 Corvette ZR1, clocking in a blistering 2:37.25 time. Following in Ford’s treadmarks, the automaker was cool as a cuke when discussing the new record. According to the Corvette team, this too was a validation run, not meant for cracking the lap record.

This wasn’t some stripped-down test-mule special either. Aside from different seats, a harness bar, and five-point harnesses, the record-setting ‘Vette was bone stock. It was equipped with the ZTK performance package, adding a deep, deep front splitter, adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and MagneRide suspension.

GM cheerfully points out that the record was set by Jim Mero, a vehicle dynamics engineer for GM, and not some professional hotshoe like the record-setting Ford GT’s Billy Johnson, who is part of the team who pushed the Ford GT at Le Mans.

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