October 11, 2006
BMW teams with Car and Driver to demonstrate high-performance diesel technology
BMW 3-series twin-turbo diesel engine. Click image to enlarge
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – BMW of North America has announced that it is teaming up with Car and Driver magazine to demonstrate the high-performance capability of its newest diesel engines. Two 335d sedans, equipped with twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel engines, will compete in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in Willows, California in December.
“BMW’s reputation for performance is well-known in the U.S., but BMW’s reputation as a technology leader in high-performance diesels is less well known here, so we wanted to showcase that expertise at a time when more and more consumers are interested in the best possible combination of performance and fuel efficiency,” says Tom Purves, Chairman of BMW of North America. “BMW diesel technology demonstrates our Efficient Dynamics philosophy at its best. On the one hand, it offers best-in-class performance; on the other hand, it offers outstanding fuel economy. These are ideal characteristics for endurance racing.”
In 1998, BMW won the 24 Hour Nurburgring race with its 320d, powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. The two cars racing in California use inline six-cylinder diesels capable of 286 hp and 427 lb-ft of torque; they are race-prepped and run by Marshall Pruett Motorsports Engineering of San Jose, California. The team of drivers will be made up of editors from Car and Driver, professional racers, and the Motorsports Manager of BMW of North America.