With solid body control, decent grip, rear wheel drive and 50/50 weight distribution it was only a matter of time before someone took the BMW 1 Series racing. It is no surprise then that champions of affordable motorsport 750 Motorclub and 116 Racing are gearing up for a new endurance championship starring BMW’s entry level model. Thanks to a deal with UK manufacturer Klarius Products, every car on the grid will sport a lightweight Klarius racing exhaust.
The Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 has been approved by BMW Motorrad as original equipment on the new S1000RR. This comes as no surprise, given that Bridgestone’s engineers worked with their counterparts at BMW Motorrad to develop a bespoke version of the S21 for BMW’s latest bike.
Hofmann Megaplan’s Smart X tyre changer has been approved by BMW for installation in its franchise dealerships. Hofmann Megaplan states that the automated machine’s approval by the German marque backs up its quality and simplicity, as the manufacturer’s preference for runflat tyres presents more difficult wheel assemblies on which to perform the change.
Racing is competitive at every level and so any advantage counts, but to add 25hp to a car that started with only 122hp with one component change is highly significant. This what a Klarius exhaust and CAT system has done for amateur racer Martin Gadsby’s BMW Compact Cup car, the exhaust manufacturer states.
Yokohama Advan Sport V105 tyres made at Yokohama Rubber’s factory in Suzhou, China will be supplied as original equipment for BMW X3 models manufactured in China. The Suzhou plant began shipping size 245/50R19 105W OE tyres bearing the BMW ‘star’ mark on the sidewall in May.
It isn’t just Pirelli tyres that have gained original equipment approval for the new BMW X4 – Yokohama Rubber will also supply its Advan Sport V105 to the all-new model. Two sizes of Yokohama Advan tyres are available as a factory fitment on the BMW X4, 225/60R18 104W and the run-flat 245/50R19 105W fitment.
The second-generation BMW X4, presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, is available with Pirelli tyres as original equipment. The tyre maker shares that BMW Group recently approved the following Pirelli products for the BMW X4:
According to Bridgestone Corporation, its global investments in research and development are the highest in the industry – it invested more than £710 million in this area last year – and the company says they’ve paid off. As evidence, the tyre maker points to the more than 45 original equipment fitments it has landed on more than 15 vehicle models since the start of 2018. What’s more, over 60 additional fitments are expected to come by the end of this year.
Continuing its ambitious 2018 new-to-range programme, Klarius Products has added more OEM-quality emission control components to range. With the new additions covering popular makes such as BMW, Volvo, Citroen and Dacia there is plenty to get excited about. All items are now in stock and available with next morning delivery in the UK.
Bridgestone summer, winter and all-season tyres have been approved as original equipment fitments for the new, third-generation BMW X3 in various global markets. Continuing its long-standing relationship with BMW, Bridgestone is supplying a range of tyres in 14 different sizes from its Alenza 001, Dueler H/P Sport AS and Blizzak lines.
The original equipment tyre Bridgestone supplies to the BMW i3 was updated this year to accommodate the introduction of a sporty version of the car, the i3s. The new model has a broader rear track and more expansive rear wheel wells than the regular i3, and Bridgestone is supplying it with OEM tyres that are 20mm wider than the dimension it produces for the standard model.
Hankook Tire has won another original fitment order covering both summer and winter tyres, this time for the current BMW X3. The third-generation X3, which was introduced last year, will be available with the Ventus S1 evo² SUV in size 225/60 R18 104 W XL and with Hankook’s winter i*cept evo² SUV in 225/60 R18 104 H XL.
The Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 has been selected as original equipment for a series of BMW motorcycles in the adventure category. Bikes to be fitted with Bridgestone rubber include the BMW R 1200 GS, which will wear the Battlax Adventure A41 in size 120/70 R19M/C 60V (front) and 170/60 R17M/C 72V (rear). This latest OE approval also covers the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS.
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is now supplying Advan Sport V105 tyres to BMW Group as original equipment on the new M5 model. The new BMW M5, which debuted in March 2018, comes equipped with 275/40ZR19 (105Y) front and 285/40ZR19 (107Y) rear tyres.