From the Driver's Seat

From the drivers seat
Some say he's a racing driver...
Some say he's a mechanic...
Some say he doesn't register speed...


All we know, is that he is Evolution 2 Motorsport's "man of mystery". The 'Gooch' gives us his thoughts all motoring-related.

24h Le Mans Race - Strong pace but no reward

The pair of BMW M8 GTEs together
Mixed emotions for BMW M Motorsport after its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The pair of BMW M8 GTEs were able to match the pace of the GTE Pro front-runners over the course of the 86th edition of the endurance classic, with both running in the top-three for long stretches of the race. While car #82 – driven by Augusto Farfus, Alexander Sims and António Félix da Costa – had to retire from ninth following an accident in the early hours on Sunday, the #81 BMW M8 GTE made it to the finish after 332 laps. Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg and Philipp Eng finished 12th. 

”Our return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster.” Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.

Following strong race starts, both driver-trios lost ground on the 13.626-kilometre track due to damper failures, which caused additional pit stops for repairs. The race was then ended for car #82 after an accident on Sunday at about 6:30 hrs. Shortly after that, the radiator of the sister car had to be changed after being hit by debris on the track. 12th place was the highest possible position after the extended stops. The #92 Porsche secured victory at the “Circuit de la Sarthe”.

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Shock Absorbers

Bilstein Shock Absorbers


What's the most neglected service/ maintenance component on a car? We reckon it's the shock absorber. A shock wearing out is a bit like slow poison: it happens progressively and often isn’t noticed by the driver of the vehicle - until evasive action is required. Worn shocks also have a negative impact on traction, tyre life, braking distance (by up to 20 percent) and overall handling and road-holding.

Bilstein estimates that, if a car has covered 150000km, each piston rod will have moved back and forth around 75-million times!

Shock Absorbers should be checked at least every 20000 kilometres. A visual check, while never a bad thing, isn’t enough though and nor is leaning on the car and pushing down…that’s not a shock absorber test.

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BMW Group South Africa starts production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn Plant

BMW Group South Africa starts production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plantBMW Group South Africa starts production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant.

  • State-of-the-art manufacturing plant has a maximum annual capacity of 76 000 units.
  • R6.1bn investment bears fruit as first customer cars start rolling off the line.
  • BMW Group’s commitment to South Africa and its people continues after 45 years of operation in the country.
  • More than 45 000 people directly and indirectly benefiting from BMW Group South Africa’s operations in the country.

Midrand, South Africa – A new chapter in South Africa’s automotive story began this week as BMW Group South Africa started production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant. With customer vehicles now rolling off the line, BMW Group once again demonstrates its commitment to its operations in South Africa.

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The last BMW 3 Series Sedan produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn rolls off the production line and begins to make way for the production of the new BMW X3

1,191,604 BMW 3 Series vehicles produced at BMW Group Plant RosslynThe last BMW 3 Series Sedan produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn rolls off the production line and begins to make way for the production of the new BMW X3.

-    A total of 1,191,604 BMW 3 Series vehicles produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn since 1983.
-    Current BMW 3 Series to be produced by other plants within the BMW Group production network.
-    BMW Group Plant Rosslyn gets ready for the start of production of the new BMW X3.

Rosslyn, Pretoria – Yesterday marked yet another significant milestone for BMW Group South Africa when the last BMW 3 Series Sedan rolled off the production line at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in Pretoria. The plant has produced a total of 1,191,604 five generations of the BMW 3 Series and will begin a new era of producing the new BMW X3 in the coming months. The BMW 3 Series will continue its current lifecycle and be produced by other plants within the BMW Group production network. In addition, it will now be imported into South Africa.

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