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We meet Markus Schadow and Dr. Alexander Hennig in the BMW Group’s wind tunnel.

A fresh breeze: an interview with the aerodynamics developers at BMW M.

10 January 2020

The engine runs at full power, the wind whips across the bodywork and leaves the car stuck to the road; what sounds like a fast-paced test drive on the Nordschleife actually takes place in the BMW Group's AEROLAB. However, in this instance the engines are the turbines of the wind tunnel and the road is a one-millimetre thin stainless-steel treadmill.

Tests in the wind tunnel are among the highlights of the development of new cars. BMW operates several wind tunnels, including the AEROLAB in Munich. It’s here that we met Markus Schadow, the person responsible for aerodynamics and cooling at BMW M, as well as BMW aerodynamics expert Dr. Alexander Hennig.

WHO IS WHO.

Markus Schadow, Head of the Aerodynamics and Thermal Engineering team at BMW M GmbHMarkus Schadow, Head of the Aerodynamics and Thermal Engineering team at BMW M GmbH

Markus Schadow

Development BMW, Functional Design and Integration

With the company for 20 years

What were your most important projects?

All M cars, preferably M2/M3/M4 and the respective special models!

What was your latest project?

The BMW M8.

Dr. Alexander Hennig, Responsibility for derivatives in aerodynamics at BMW AG Dr. Alexander Hennig, Responsibility for derivatives in aerodynamics at BMW AG

Dr. Alexander Hennig

Development BMW, Aerodynamics

With the company for five years.

What were your most important projects?

All BMW 3 Series models.

What was your latest project?

The BMW 3 Series Sedan and the 3 Series Touring.

For a new BMW M vehicle, we will spend a good 200 working hours in the wind tunnel alone.
Dr. Alexander Hennig, Responsibility for derivatives in aerodynamics at BMW AG
BMW 3 Series Sedan in the wind tunnel of BMW AEROLAB, MunichBMW 3 Series Sedan in the wind tunnel of BMW AEROLAB, Munich
BMW 3 Series Sedan in BMW AEROLAB of the BMW Group, Munich.
BMW 3 Series Sedan in the wind tunnel of BMW AEROLAB, MunichBMW 3 Series Sedan in the wind tunnel of BMW AEROLAB, Munich
BMW 3 Series Sedan in BMW AEROLAB of the BMW Group, Munich.
BMW 3 Series Sedan in the wind tunnel of BMW AEROLAB, MunichBMW 3 Series Sedan in the wind tunnel of BMW AEROLAB, Munich
BMW 3 Series Sedan in BMW AEROLAB of the BMW Group, Munich.

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