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World-class Designers Add Spin to Wheelchairs
BMW is the Official Mobility Partner for the U.S. Olympic Committee, which transcends providing vehicles to transport officials and team members around the 2016 summer games in Rio. The top designers from BMW are busy designing a wheelchair for the Paralympics Track and Field team that will provide athletes with the latest technology. The wheelchair is still in the design phase, but is going through complete changes in the chassis, aerodynamic styling, restraints for the athlete, braking and steering. The wheelchair should be ready for the athletes to train with in early 2016. By utilizing knowledge gained from the design of the vehicles you can see at Chapman BMW, the automakers hope to give the U.S. team a decided advantage in the games.
Bobsled Design Helped U.S. Gain a Medal
The wheelchair program follows on the heels of BMW’s creation of a two-man bobsled for the 2014 winter games, which helped the U.S. to earn a medal. It had been 62 years since the U.S. had won a medal in two-man bobsled. “Over the course of our partnership with Team USA, we have been committed to advancing athletic performance through technology transfer initiatives which help to address their training and equipment needs,” according to BMW VP of marketing, Trudy Hardy. “(The wheelchair) is special not only because it presents a unique design challenge, but it helps solve a bigger mobility problem for our Paralympic athletes.”
BMW in Final Year of Sponsorship Deal
There has been no word if BMW will re-sign a sponsorship deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee as the six-year deal it signed in 2010 will end with the Rio Summer Games. In that time BMW has contributed more than $24 million to help promote U.S. Olympic athletes, including supplying advanced technology in swimming, skating, bobsled and now, track and field. “Part of our company’s ethos is to really become part of the culture” of countries where it sells cars, according to BMW VP Jack Pitney. Along with supplying aerodynamic advice and design, BMW has helped the USOC with fundraising efforts so athletes can concentrate on training and not have to worry about getting a job.
BMW Committed to Performance Sports
As a fixture in the racing community for decades, BMW has shown a true commitment to sports where endurance and technology combine to crown a winner. By designing a new wheelchair for the Paralympic team, BMW is just taking on another challenge not that different from solving problems on the European rally circuit. See what decades of design evolution have brought to America’s roadways with a visit to Chapman BMW.
You can feel the perfect marriage of power and drivability when taking a corner in the new special edition 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe. As you slightly let off the throttle coming into the turn, the suspension takes over, allowing you to smoothly transition into the curve. Powerful and true, you add an exclamation point as the road straightens out and you punch it. What makes this experience even more exquisite is the knowledge only 100 of these vehicles are available, and Chapman BMW in Chandler has one of them.
Enthusiasts have long waxed poetic about the predecessor of the 435i ZHP, the E46 3-Series with the ZHP Performance Package. What makes the 2016 iteration stand out is the combination of the best off-the-shelf BMW Performanc e parts, 100 percent factory production, and a more aggressive throttle mapping. This car is pure from the factory, with no add-ons at the port or the dealership.
“This vehicle is definitely one for the BMW Performance connoisseur, notes Chapman BMW Chandler sales professional Michael Boehm. “And, it has an advantage over the original ZHP. It comes standard with the M Performance Limited Differential.”
The Chandler BMW dealership’s model is Alpine White, and features a 3.0L Turbo Inline 6 that makes 300 hp mated to an 8-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission. This 435i ZHP also includes the Track Handling Package, M Sport Package, BMW M Performance Parts and the aforementioned BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential.
To schedule a test drive of this exclusive vehicle, visit www.chapmanbmw.com or call 1-800-721-1932.
Bay Area Drivers Sought for Study
BMW, in conjunction with Pacific Gas and Electric, is conducting an 18-month study in the San Francisco area to see how efficient use of the i3 charging system can result in more effective power management and overall reduced costs of vehicle use. The BMW I ChargeForward program study has two parts. The first involves BMW i3 owners by having them delay their charging time until grid loads are not at peak levels. The second part of the program recycles MINI E batteries into a solar-powered electric system at the BMW storage facility. “One thing that we’ll be investigating with this pilot is understanding how people charge, how flexible they are with respect to when they charge, and how best to design future products in a way that benefits both customers and utilities,” said Julia Sohnen, BMW advanced technology engineer.
BMW i3 Offers Premium Electric Driving Experience
BMW only knows one way to make cars, with premium performance and luxury features. The BMW i3 comes in two versions. The all-electric model gets an impressive 81 miles per charge, while the version with the Range Extender can go up to 150 miles per charge. Starting at just $42,400 with lease payments available from $269 per month, the i3 provides a surprising 184 foot pounds of torque to pin you back in your seat and put a smile on your face. Leather and wood interior elements spell luxury with all the technology you’d expect from a BMW. Test drive the new i3 for yourself with a visit to Chapman BMW.
Goal is to Reduce Strain on Grid While Lowering Ownership Costs
By choosing less popular times to charge their i3, BMW owners will help lessen the load on the power grid in the Bay area. For their efforts, PG&E will compensate them monetarily. BMW will notify participants by text when they should delay their charging times. Each participant is free to opt out of the program temporarily as needs arise. Each participant is also going to receive a check for $1000 upon entry to the program, with another $540 coming at the end of the study.
Ultimate Goal is to Make EV Vehicles More Attractive
Although electric vehicle technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, not all consumers are sold on the concept. The goal of the BMW study is to show how electric vehicles can be even more cost efficient by managing charging times. Along with working on vehicles that no longer require a driver, advancements in total electric and hybrid vehicles are some of the most important in the auto industry. BMW continues to lead the pack in both advancements. See all the BMW models for yourself to understand just how the company is incorporating technology to create greater fuel efficiency and save lives. Chapman BMW has a huge inventory of new and used BMWs for your examination.
Stop Circling the Block for Open Spaces
As the world moves closer to a mobility model where cars communicate with each other and their surroundings, BMW announces the next step in technology to make transportation a little easier in a crowded urban environment. The Dynamic Parking Prediction project takes on the problem of finding that elusive parking space during premium business hours. By using the movement data generated by vehicle fleets, Dynamic Parking Prediction shows where the most likely open parking spaces are located. This keeps traffic moving during times of usual congestion. Keep up-to-date on all the technological changes happening at BMW by visiting Chapman BMW.
Connected Navigation Provides Early Warning
As more and more vehicle crowd the nation’s urban streets, traffic flow is a real concern for the 21st century commuter. Several automakers are researching ways to more efficiently move vehicles and people through the cities, but none are more advanced than BMW. The company’s Connected Navigation project works by connecting through the Web with other similarly outfitted vehicles to learn about accidents, congestion and possible other delays. The Real Time Traffic Information System then provides alternative routes to avoid the delays.
Parking Assistance Project Not New
BMW has been working on reducing the time it takes to find a parking space since 2011. By integrating updated digital maps of all available parking spaces with the movement data of a test fleet, engineers are able to run all the information through an algorithm that displays parking options on a digital vehicle screen. Although the system is still in prototype mode, it is moving closer to availability in a production vehicle. “There is clear demand from customers living in large cities for a system capable of predicting on-street parking availability,” said Martin Hauschild, head of traffic management for BMW. “Through its collaboration with INRIX, the BMW Group aims to continue setting the benchmark in urban mobility into the future.”
Prototype Tested on BMW i3
BMW has the perfect vehicle to test the Dynamic Parking Prediction technology on with the innovative i3. As the first premium electric production vehicle, the i3 already features a built-in SIM card with a wide variety of connectivity options including intermodal navigation. This feature determines the best way to reach a destination from a specific point, including the use of public transportation. See all the innovation the i3 has to offer by visiting Chapman BMW today.
ZHP Adds Adventure to 4-Series Coupe
Originally affixed to the E46 series more than 10 years ago the ZHP package is coming back as part of BMW’s 2016 435i performance handling coupe. Although not quite up to the offering of the M4 sports package, the ZHP utilizes many of the same M package parts including a track handling package, limited slip differential, M Sport Package and other high-end performance parts. Eighteen-inch alloys combine with M Sport Brakes to keep the car on the road in hairpin corners and stop quickly when the need occurs. If Chapman BMW is lucky enough to receive one of the new ZHPs, it won’t be until July of this year.
Pumps up the Power with M Performance Kit
By adding the M Performance Engine Kit, BMW delivers 35 more horsepower and an additional 32 more pound-feet of torque with the automatic transmission. That takes a full half-second off the BMW 4-Series time from 50 miles per hour up to 75 mph. That may not sound like a lot, but can mean the difference between success and failure when merging onto the freeway. An optional sport exhaust provides plenty of rumble while cutting almost 9 pounds off the vehicle weight. Early production estimates show that only 100 vehicles will be built. Adding to the uniqueness of the ZHP, customers will only have a choice of either Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic. Contact Chapman BMW for your chance at the new BMW 4-Series ZHP.
Aerodynamics Package Adds Sporting Emphasis
With a front and rear spoiler constructed from quality carbon and a rear diffuser manufactured from space-age polymer, the M Performance Aerodynamics Package of the new BMW 4-Series ZHP adds an exclamation point to the sportiness of the new coupe. Custom BMW black kidney grilles in the front contrast the larger grille in the rear diffuser to tie the whole package together.
Build Your Own Through VIA Program
Recognizing that 100 vehicles won’t go very far to fill demand, BMW offers the Vehicle Distribution Center Installed Accessory (VIA) program. This allow buyers to have factory parts installed on the BMW 4-Series that will make it virtually indistinguishable from the ZHP model. As all parts are installed at the port before being delivered to the dealer, they carry the same factory warranty as the rest of the vehicle. This not only increases the performance of the vehicle, but makes it much easier to get a loan on the car.