Thursday, 19 May 2011

BMW 335D

During the early 1970's, Brock Yates, a senior editor of Car and Driver Magazine created a grueling automobile race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. What he set out to do was capture an exciting motorsports event that was marketed for the average Joe. Continuing in the essence of its predecessors, the 2011 BMW 335d will be in this year's One Lap of America by Mike Renner, Chris DeYoung, and Steve Maguire.

The One Lap of America race presented by Motor Trend, has a very simple set of rules. The drivers will compete in 18 separate races over the span of 8 days and comprised of over 3,500 miles. The races are composed of time trials, autocrosses, and drag races. Teams will be composed of at least two but no more than four drivers. Each team will compete with one set of highway-legal, DOT approved tires and must be used throughout the event. The cars themselves are classified on their engine size, vehicle cost and must be street legal.

The events start at the Tire Rack facility in South Bend, Indiana with a wet skid pad test. From there the teams head to Grissom Air Force Base for a monster autocross. The teams follow this with visits to Summit Point Raceway, Virginia, Carolina Motorsports Park and BMW Performance Center, South Carolina, Daytona and Gainesville Dragway, Florida, Circuit Grand Bayou, Louisiana, Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama and finally the Autobahn, Illinois before returning to the Tire Rack facility for the final event.

Competing in the alternative fuel category, the BMW 335d is composed of a 3.0-liter, 265 horsepower, dual overhead cam, inline 24-valve 6-cylinder Advanced Diesel engine with aluminum engine block, TwinPower Turbo technology and piezo common rail direct injection. A key element of this engine is the fuel efficient 36 miles per gallon of diesel on the highway that it provides. During the race, drivers can run around 580 miles before needing to refuel.

BMW has created the 2011 335d with extremely eco-friendly diesel technology. Through the invention of Blue Performance Technology, BMW uses a process that involves an odorless cleaning solution that is injected from the system's primary tank into the exhaust where it cleans the nitric oxides. The cleaned exhaust then passes through a built in silencer on the exhaust that reduces the noise as the exhaust exits the vehicle.

Among the features that the all new 2011 BMW 335d, the Active Cruise Control provides drivers with a unique advantage during the contest. This feature allows the driver to set the speed and pre-set distance, and then as soon as sensors determine that the vehicle is closing in on another vehicle ahead, the system automatically slows down to retain the pre-set distance. After the distance has increased back to the chose limit, the system automatically accelerates back to the original pre-set speed.

Currently in this year One Lap of America race, the BMW 335d team is in first place in the "Alternative Fuel" category and in the top 30 of the overall standings. By providing this team with unmatched handling, a power engine, and fantastic fuel efficiency, the 2011 BMW 335d looks to continue its dominance of the One Lap of America race.

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