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BMW Sauber Announces They Will Quit Formula 1

Posted in BMW Sauber, Formula 1 with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by autoracingpower
BMW Sauber

BMW Sauber

BMW has announced that they will not continue to race in Formula 1 after the 2009 season. The freed up resources will be dedicated to developing new drive technology and projects related to sustainability. BMW will remain active in other less expensive motor sports series such as touring car series and the young driver promotion program in Formula BMW.

BMW did achieve success in Formula 1 over the years. They had eight Formula 1 victories between 1982 and 1985 while with Brabham. BMW won the drivers’ championship in 1983 with Nelson Piquet (Brabham BMW).  BMW Williams racked up 10 victories between 2000-2005 with Williams.

Source: PlanetF1

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Formula 1 Steering Wheel Picture and Guide

Posted in Auto Parts, BMW Sauber, Formula 1 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by autoracingpower

This Formula 1 steering wheel from BMW shows how much input a Formula 1 driver deals with on race day.  The steering wheels have an amazing amount of functionality, from setting the differential, to having a drink to even confirming the tire choice at the upcoming pit stop.

Formula 1 steering wheels are hand made and cost around $30,000 each. They weigh less than three pounds and are made from carbon fiber and electrical components. Although it would be a great addition to any motorsport-loving guy or gal’s vehicle, good luck trying to find a steering wheel cover that fits it.

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f1-steering-wheel

Source: auto123.com

BMW Tries to Lighten Load to Accommodate KERS for Kubica

Posted in BMW Sauber, Formula 1, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by autoracingpower

KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery System

KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery System

BMW Sauber is attempting to launch a lighter version of its F1.09 in time for the Spanish Grand Prix to increase the chances of Robert Kubica being able to use KERS in his car. Kubica hasn’t been able to use KERS yet due to the extra weight it adds. The extra weight hurts the handling and increase the tire degradation.

Nick Heidfeld, Kubica’s BMW teammate has been able to use the KERS since he is weighs much less than Kubica.

Source: Autosport.com

BMW is confident that KERS provides an advantage on the track, which is why they are making such an effort to equip Kubica’s car.

F1 Car Launched: BMW Sauber F1.09 Photos

Posted in Formula 1, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by autoracingpower

bmw-sauber-f109-3BMW Sauber has launched their 2009 Formula 1 car, the BMW Sauber F1.09. Team drivers for BMW in the 2009 season will be Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Last season, Kubica and Heidfeld finished in 4th place and 6th place, respectively.

Source: autoblog.com, gpupdate.net