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BMW AUTOMOTIVE GAMING.

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Since 2019, automotive gaming has been one of the pillars of the BMW M Motorsport programme alongside works and customer racing. The motivation for entering this rapidly growing gaming segment was the huge potential offered by virtual experiences in the world of motorsport.

13 May 2024

The impressive development of automotive gaming in recent years has long since confirmed this forward-looking assessment. BMW M Motorsport is a credible partner for the diverse gaming community and reaches a young and digital target group with its commitment. Impressive vehicles, thrilling racing and emotional moments: This is what BMW M Motorsport stands for on both the real and virtual race track.

BMW M Motorsport's presence in the virtual space begins with the development of virtual racing cars and extends through the three virtual BMW M teams and high-quality hardware for racing simulators to the organisation of virtual racing events such as the BMW M Power Tour.

VIRTUAL BMW M MOTORSPORT CARS.

For years, BMW M Motorsport has been working hand in hand with the leading simulation platforms to offer the community virtual racing cars that are as close as possible to their real-life BMW M Motorsport cars. In collaboration with iRacing, BMW M Motorsport 2023 was the first manufacturer whose new LMDh prototype, the BMW M Hybrid V8, could be driven virtually by fans from all over the world. Together, they also launched the virtual BMW M4 GT3 and previously the BMW M4 GT4, the BMW M8 GTE and the BMW Z4 GT3. The developers at iRacing received a large amount of real data for this, which was also used for the development of the real vehicles. BMW M Motorsport vehicles are also integrated into simulations and games such as Assetto Corsa Competizione, Forza Motorsport, Le Mans Ultimate, Rennsport and rFactor 2 in a similar way.

BMW M Motorsport and iRacing expanded their successful cooperation in 2024 to include another exciting project: the BMW M Power Tour. The series is aimed at every member of the community of over 200,000 drivers and has been running for twelve weeks since March 2024. The racing events will be held on twelve of the most prestigious circuits in the motorsport world.

Platform: iRacing
Cars: BMW M Hybrid V8, BMW M4 GT3, BMW Z4 GT3, BMW M4 GT4, BMW M8 GTE
Race days: Tuesday, Wednsday and Thursday
Format: Warm-up (3 minutes) - qualifying (8 minutes/2 laps) - race (30 minutes)

Race calendar

DateCarRace track

12. – 14. March

BMW M Hybrid V8

Sebring International Raceway

19. – 21. March

BMW M4 GT4

Nürburgring Grand Prix

26. – 28. March

BMW Z4 GT3

Okayama International Circuit

2. – 4. March

BMW M8 GTE

Red Bull Ring

9. – 11. April

BMW M Hybrid V8

Suzuka GP

16. – 18. April

BMW M4 GT3

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

23. – 25. April

BMW Z4 GT3

Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

30. April – 2. May

BMW M8 GTE

Brands Hatch GP

7. – 9. May

BMW M Hybrid V8

Laguna Seca Raceway

14. – 16. May

BMW M4 GT3

Misano World Circuit

21. – 23. May

BMW M4 GT4

Nürburgring Nordschleife

28. – 30. May

BMW M Hybrid V8

Le Mans

Gaming team.Gaming team.

AUTOMOTIVE GAMING TEAMS.

BMW M TEAM BS+COMPETITION.

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Country: Germany

Platforms: iRacing, Assetto Corsa Competizione & Rennsport.

Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Twitch, Youtube.

BMW M TEAM REDLINE.

Logo Team RedlineLogo Team Redline

Country: Netherland

Platforms: iRacing & Rennsport.

Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Twitch, Youtube.

BMW M TEAM MOUZ.

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Country: Germany

Platforms: iRacing & Rennsport.

Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Twitch, Youtube.

 

BMW AUTOMOTIVE GAMING AMBASSADOR: BRUNO SPENGLER.

Bruno Spengler.Bruno Spengler.

BMW M works driver Bruno Spengler is also a big supporter of Automotive Gaming and spends a lot of time on the virtual track himself. Through hard work and many training sessions, the 2012 DTM champion has developed into one of the best and most successful professional racing drivers among automotive gaming drivers. The Canadian won the iRacing 24h Nürburgring and the championship in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series. In 2022, he guided BMW M Motorsport fans through the BMW SIM Academy, a video series with tutorials on automotive gaming. Since 2023, he has been supporting the BMW M teams as an automotive gaming ambassador and is available to the drivers as a competent contact person with his experience from both worlds.

BMW AUTOMOTIVE GAMING HARDWARE.

Steering wheel.Steering wheel.

The development of high-quality hardware for automotive gaming is an important area of BMW M Motorsport's commitment. At the forefront of these developments is clearly the steering wheel for the BMW M4 GT3, which was designed jointly with hardware manufacturer Fanatec. It can be used both in the real racing car and in the simulator without any modifications and thus offers a completely authentic racing feeling.

FUSION SL.

Fusion SLFusion SL

Another hardware highlight is the ‘Fusion SL’, a unique combination of sim racing rig and lounge furniture. The idea was to develop a piece of furniture to save space and integrate aesthetically into a modern living environment, which can be converted into a rig in a few simple steps, but when folded up also serves as a work table, coffee table or seat. This idea was realised in a collaboration between BMW Group Designworks and the office furniture manufacturer Klöber.  

The Fusion SL is available from Klöber

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