BMW was represented by numerous spectacular cars from the past and present at the iconic “Goodwood Festival of Speed”. The most recent BMW race car, which drove up the famous hill of Goodwood (GBR) at the weekend, was the BMW M8 GTE. BMW works driver Alexander Sims (GBR) delighted fans with the new GT sports car. In addition to the BMW V12 LMR, the 1999 Le-Mans winner, BMW Group Classic also fielded a BMW 3.0 CSL touring car and the “Wirtshaus” BMW M1. Dieter Quester (AUT) and Toine Hezemans (NED) had celebrated a class win in the BMW 3.0 CSL in the 1973 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA). The BMW M1 was in action at Le Mans in 1981. HRH Prince Leopold of Bavaria (GER) was at the wheel then and now: alongside Prince Leopold of Bavaria and Quester (at the wheel of the BMW 3.0 CSL), Pier Luigi Martini (ITA) was in action in the historic BMW V12 LMR. This saw BMW Group Classic field the original driver/car combination at the legendary hill climb once again.
Williams Heritage added the WilliamsF1 BMW FW26, powered by the BMW P84 V10 engine, to this elite range of race cars. BMW Group Classic had put the engine back into action successfully. In collaboration with Williams Heritage, the 2004 season car was brought back to life. At Goodwood, Karun Chandhok (IND) sat in the cockpit of the FW26. Colin Turkington (NIR), two-time winner of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Rob Collard (GBR) and Paul O’Neill (GBR) presented the new BMW 8 Series Coupe and the BMW i8 Roadster (combined fuel consumption: 2.0l/100 km*; combined energy consumption 14.5 kWh/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 46g/km*) to the spectators in Goodwood. The BMW M2 M Performance Concept was also in action at Goodwood. BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard (GBR) provided a preview of the upcoming DTM races at Brands Hatch (GBR); he was behind the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM Race Taxi in the grounds of Goodwood House. The DTM will be in action on the Grand Prix layout of the Brands Hatch circuit on 11th/12th August 2018.