Kuni BMW is proud to announce the newest arrival on our lot. The stunningly captivating new 2013 BMW M5! Check out our new featured video, which showcases the incredible design of the new M5.
Video: 2013 BMW M5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73orTbgwAt4
If the video isn’t enough, here are a few snapshots:Share on Facebook
When people think about the BMW brand, they don’t think about it as a collection of vehicles. Rather, BMW represents a spirit that values quality, attention to detail, and a rich history. The BMW Spirit is captured perfectly in this episode of Cars I See, in which David Duran showcases his classic 1987 BMW 325i, explaining that to him, it is more than just a car.
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BMW has begun offering a much more personalized, intimate way to listen to radio for BMW drivers with BMW Apps and Mini Drivers with Mini Connected. This new update comes in the form of a fully-integrated Stitcher SmartRadio™ App experience for any compatible vehicles. More than just a simple radio app, the Stitcher SmartRadio™ App allows BMW and Mini Drivers to create their own personal talk radio stations by selecting content and programs that they enjoy to form a seamless radio listening experience that is expertly tailored to the driver’s interest. In addition to providing access to programs that the driver already enjoys, the App will make suggestions about possible programs that the driver might be interested in, based on the preferences that he or she has already expressed. This groundbreaking partnership between Stitcher and BMW is, in part, an attempt to allow BMW and Mini Drivers to have access to the same functionality in their cars that they possess in their smartphones.Share on Facebook
The distinction of being named the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is one that BMW has held with great pride, but for BMW, it is more than a sponsorship. By seizing the opportunity to be involved in the world’s greatest athletic events, BMW is having an impressive impact on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With a fleet of environmentally conscious, sustainable vehicles, BMW is going beyond their responsibilities as a sponsor, and have provided nearly 4,000 low emission cars to support the athletes and organizers in their efforts to make the games run as smoothly as possible.
In addition to logistical support, BMW has gone above and beyond to support the United States Olympic Team. The company has recently been developing camera technology to capture and analyze information about human movement, in an attempt to develop some method of empowering the vehicle to detect obstacles or pedestrians. BMW provided this technology to the U.S. Olympic Team to capture data about long jumpers’ performance, allowing coaches to better understand the techniques and training requirements of their athletes. U.S. Olympian Will Claye earned the bronze medal in the long jump, showcasing the invaluable help that BMW has provided to the team. Overall, BMW has had a great positive impact on these Olympic Games, making them an efficient and awe-inspiring as possible.
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“Test Drive Nostalgia”
Last month, BMW held a contest titled “0 to Desir3 in 5.9 Seconds”. The idea behind the contest was that anyone could enter a 5.9 second commercial for the new BMW 3 Series. 5.9 seconds was chosen because that is exactly the amount of time it takes the new 3 Series to go from 0 to 60 mph.
Of the 2,000+ clips that were entered, only 30 were considered during the final round. “Test Drive Nostalgia”, put together by Earl Duque, took home the win, and a new BMW 3 Series sedan of his own!
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Dan Zimmerman of Kuni BMW not only repairs cars, he races them. In December, he assisted the #161 Stammer Inc/Bavarian Performance/Yokohama E46 M3 racecar on its 3rd place victory in the 25 hours of Thunderhill – an endurance automobile race held at Thunderhill track in Willows, CA. Their M3 completed a total of 2,046 miles with a top speed of 93 mph in roughly 25 hours.
Dan’s Story -
The owner of the E46 M3 racecar needed crew members to help survive the ever so long 25 hours of the race, and that’s where I came in. Because of my excessive experience working at Kuni BMW over the past 5 years and taking my own car to race tracks, I had a good base to help the team out during the race.
The morning of the race we spent several hours double and triple checking everything on our car. Other teams were rushing to button up loose ends after a long night of work, but we were ready. As the race drew near, everyone pulled their cars onto the front straight and got into position. The two days before the race the track had a different feel to it, like it was just another test and tune day. People were smiling, sharing stories and just enjoying the weather, but as soon as the track was clear, the feeling changed 100%. We knew what was ahead of us but we didn’t know the outcome.
The race officials directed the cars to prepare for a rolling start. Our crew stood on the pit wall watching the 83 cars go by, waiting for the green to drop and the clock to start counting down. As the pack rounded the last corner before the start/finish line, we saw the green. Our crew chief was immediately on the radio telling our driver “Green, green, green, green” and he did not miss a beat. He started working his way up the pack right away.
An hour and a half passed and most of the field had pitted once or twice. The call finally came from our driver saying we got fuel cut out during a high G turn and so we prepared for our first pit stop. The next driver was already suited up and ready to go. Everyone was on stand-by waiting for the car to enter pit lane and hoping all the drilling Thursday was going to make this and every pit stop flawless. The car pulls in, the fueling crew jumps over the wall and dumps 20 gallons of fuel in under 25 seconds. At the same time the new driver up is helping the last driver out and vise versa. Fueling is finished and the second part of our pit stop begins. We change out the right side tires and clean the window. The car is set back onto its wheels and leaves the pits spinning the tires. The whole crew clears the pit and without blinking an eye prepares for the next stop even though it may not happen for another hour and a half. Our crew chief smiles knowing he’s working with a great team.
Surprisingly enough, the next 6 hours leading into the night were very “calm”. We started to see a few cars having mechanical issues needing to be towed into the cold pits but everyone else got into a groove. Same with our team, we knew the one or two jobs we each had and we did them without error. We were always ready for the next pit stop with or without a driver change.
The crew chief didn’t want to waste me changing tires all race long or manning the jack during pit stops, and so I got the vital but worst job of the crew being a spotter. I was up on a bridge on the other side of the track with a radio unit to the crew chief and driver scanning for anything that could cause problems for our car. That ranged from watching for vehicles off track, debris on track, slow moving vehicles, safety cars, or faster moving cars like the #75 GT3 Cup car. It may seem like an easy job but it’s important to not bombard the driver with things seen on the track that may be solved by the time he/she gets around to that part. I spent almost every second of the race standing on the bridge watching and waiting for anything to happen.
The sun finally made its way past the hills and we mounted our light bar to the front of the car and got set up for the long night ahead of us. The roar of the race that at first kept us awake became like the calming noise of waves crashing on the beach. Crew members and drivers started taking shifts sleeping. Race car drivers started to make mistakes on the track causing some teams to swap out a transmission, suspension parts or even an engine throughout the night. Our goal was simply to stay on track and not make contact with anything.
1 am rolled around and it became obvious that it was taking its toll on everyone. I was even falling asleep up on the bridge so the next driver change I got more food, a five hour energy drink and two bottles of water. The five hour energy did not agree with anything in my body. Cold sweats, shaking and some minor stomach pain followed, but I couldn’t leave my post and potentially cause our driver to crash so I stayed at my post and just dealt with the pain. But that’s when the wake up call happened. A Factory Five race car’s safety straps on their fuel tank broke coming down the front straight. Massive sparking lit up the track, and heading into turn 1, a large fire ball shot out of the car. The track was shut down and everything went quiet. All the cars were stopped on the front straight as the safety crew put out the fire and cleaned the track. (To be continued in Part 2)Share on Facebook