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BMW at the Mondial de l’Automobile Paris 2018

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The latest results of BMW’s ongoing product offensive are taking centre stage at the brand’s Mondial de l’Automobile 2018 show stand in Paris. Emotion-packed design, pioneering technology and an even more richly engaging form of driving pleasure define the character of the new models BMW is presenting at the most important date on Europe’s 2018 car show calendar. The fresh arrivals introduce the brand’s new design language to a number of vehicle segments and represent significant advances in the areas of digitalization, operation, sustainability and driving dynamics.

For example, visitors to the Paris show will discover the first models to feature the new BMW Operating System 7.0, which creates a fully digital grouping of instrument cluster and Control Display and allows system operation to be adapted even more precisely to the driver’s personal preferences. Further innovations include BMW Laserlight and the Steering and lane control assistant, which are also available for other new models from the brand, plus the unique Reversing Assistant, which takes over steering for reversing manoeuvres in tight areas where visibility is restricted.

A new chapter is set to be added to BMW’s fascinating history of roadster-making. The protagonist in question is the new BMW Z4, which will celebrate its show premiere in the French capital. The new version of the open-top two-seater exudes pure sporting pedigree at first glance with its emotionally powerful body design in the brand’s new design language, its classical soft-top roof with electric operation and its driver-focused interior.


The new BMW 8 Series Coupe also gets its first taste of the car show spotlight at the Paris event. It combines the dynamic credentials of a high-calibre sports car both visually and technologically with the exclusivity of a luxurious coupe. The new design language, laced with clarity and precision, expresses an unmistakable sporting aesthetic.

The world premiere of the new BMW X5 at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2018 writes the next chapter in the successful history of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The fourth generation of the BMW X family’s founding father excels with majestically assured driving properties and numerous innovative equipment features.

An upgraded range of engines, the latest generation of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and a raft of chassis systems included in a BMW X model for the first time generate the signature SAV combination of ride comfort, off-road performance and sporty road handling. Contributory factors here include two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering and the Off-Road package.

A significantly expanded selection of innovative driver assistance systems now also includes the Steering and lane control assistant, and Reversing Assistant. Added to which, the new BMW X5 is fitted as standard with BMW Live Cockpit Professional. Working in tandem with BMW Operating System 7.0, it enables system operation to be adapted even more precisely to the driver’s wishes.


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Audi with electrifying fightbacks in Paris

In round eight of the Formula E electric racing series in Paris, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt again electrified the crowd with spectacular fightbacks. After a difficult qualifying, the two Audi drivers gained a total of eleven positions in the race. Di Grassi finished runner-up for the third consecutive time and Abt advanced from 14th on the grid to seventh position.

In free practice in the morning, reigning champion di Grassi managed to set a new track record on the city street circuit near the Eiffel Tower. His teammate, Daniel Abt, was only a little slower. However, in qualifying, both drivers at relatively low track temperatures had difficulties getting the tires to work optimally. Di Grassi missed the “Super Pole” of the top five by a razor-thin margin of 0.005 seconds. Abt was only three tenths of a second slower. Because of the extremely fierce competition in Formula E, the German ended up in 14th position – on a track on which overtaking is considered to be particularly difficult.

As on many other occasions this season, both Audi drivers subsequently managed to fully use the potential of the Audi e-tron FE04. Abt in the first half overtook seven competitors. Shortly before the end of the race, he used the Fanboost to overtake former champion Sébastien Buemi in his Renault. On the last lap, the Swiss forced the issue and pushed past Abt again.


Di Grassi gained one position at the start. In the first half of the race, he saved so much energy that he was able to drive two laps longer than the front runners. After a quick pit stop by Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, the Brazilian advanced to fourth position. With a series of fastest laps he closed the gap to the front runners, overtook Rome winner Sam Bird as well as André Lotterer on the last lap who had been running in second position up to that point.

“That was an incredible race and an extremely tough one,” said di Grassi following his third second place in succession and his 23rd podium in total in the electric racing series. “In the first part of the race, I saved energy. In the second part, I was able to go for all-out attack and clinch the trophy for second place. I’m overjoyed!”

“What a race in Paris,” said Team Principal Allan McNish. “The last lap was especially intense. We saw brilliant fightbacks by Lucas and Daniel. Daniel is my driver of the day. In a pre-race meeting he said that he’s able to overtake in Paris even though everyone says that that’s impossible. He kept his word. It’s a shame that Buemi’s rough maneuver at the end cost him places. Lucas was again very strong with second and another fastest lap.”

In front of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler improved to third position in the teams’ standings of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Lucas di Grassi advanced to fifth position in the drivers’ classification and before Audi’s round on home soil in Berlin on May 19 is ranked two points ahead of his teammate Daniel Abt.


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The Michelin star chef inspired by judo


He is the owner of a two Michelin star restaurant in Paris and the author of a series of popular cooking books.

 Yet Thierry Marx maintains the secret ingredient to his success can be found on the judo mat rather than in the kitchen.


CNN goes behind-the-scenes with Marx in his kitchen, who explains how the disciplines required to be a top-level chef correlate with being a black belt judoka.

“Judo, like cooking, involves the mastering of gestures … the mastering of time,” Marx explains to CNN’s Judo World “The relationship with martial arts – judo and jujitsu, is the capacity to remain serene even in the most stressful moments.”

 Marx started studying the martial art whilst growing up in the Menilmontant neighbourhood in Paris, and describes how “The Gentle Way” offered a welcome distraction.

“I was very bad at school, I failed a lot and we were in a very poor neighbourhood,” he says. “Judo was free, so I dreamed of Japanese films and Japanese sports.”

Together with his coach Benoit Campargue, himself a former European Championship-winning judoka and coach to two-time Olympic gold medal winner Teddy Riner, Marx is hoping to introduce a new generation of Parisians into the sport through the three-month “Pass’Sport Pour l’Emploi” (Passport for employment) program.

 Marx tells CNN’s Judo World: “We created Pass’Sport Pour l’Emploi to help these young people say ‘Okay, I’ll get involved… I’ll feel better with my body and my spirit and I can now approach employment.’”


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Lamborghini Polo Storico presents its latest projects at Salon Rétromobile 2018, Paris

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Lamborghini Polo Storico was at Salon Rétromobile in Paris, from 7 to 11 February, with a prize-winning Miura and a right-hand drive Countach currently undergoing renovation. The heritage department of Automobili Lamborghini also displays examples of newly-manufactured V12 4.0 liter engine heads, as part of its ongoing commitment to original Lamborghini spare parts for classic Lamborghini models.

The 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400, chassis #1120204, is part-way through its complete restoration by Lamborghini Polo Storico. Every part of the vehicle has been disassembled and overhauled including the matching-numbers engine.


The car is now being repainted in its original yellow color using paint from manufacturer PPG, and subjected to paint tests and hand polishing before the car is reassembled. Components are replaced as necessary using Lamborghini original spare parts ensuring the car’s authenticity. Its interior in original Tabacco color is being refurbished.

The 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis #3264, represents a comprehensive ten-month restoration project carried out by Lamborghini Polo Storico. Using the original production documents for this particular car stored in Lamborghini Polo Storico’s archives, the Miura’s body in original Verde Scandal has been brought back to its original lines, along with restoration of the chassis and electrical, braking and cooling systems. The interior has been rebuilt, bringing it back to its original color. The dashboard has also been restored to its authentic color of Testa di Moro by Lamborghini Polo Storico’s specialists.

Starting in November 2016, the Miura’s restoration was finished by August 2017, when the car went on to win first prize in the Miura P400 class at the first Lamborghini & Design, Concorso d’Eleganza held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in September last year.

The Miura and Countach at Salon Rétromobile are just two of the latest cars currently under restoration by Lamborghini Polo Storico, alongside models including LM002, Espada, Jarama, Islero and Diablo.

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Lamborghini V12 4.0 liter engine head project

Automobili Lamborghini’s V12 4.0 liter engine head project is presented at Salon Rétromobile Paris in order to share this significant development with classic-Lamborghini owners, specialists and enthusiasts worldwide.

Lamborghini V12 4.0 liter engine heads are now being reproduced as a result of client requests, built to Automobili Lamborghini’s exacting specification using a reverse engineering process. Drawing on scrupulously researched and maintained Polo Storico historical archives, including the original dated drawings from 1965 and original V12 engines, Automobili Lamborghini’s current R&D team also liaised with historical engineers in order to produce and rigorously test a single modular V12 4.0l fusion engine head mold.

Lamborghini Polo Storico

Lamborghini Polo Storico is the specialist department located within Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, committed to the restoration and certification of classic Lamborghini cars out of production for at least ten years (from Lamborghini 350 GT to Diablo); the preservation of archives and records; and the provision of original Lamborghini spare parts for classic cars, covering over 65% of the classic car park, and increasing the number of reintroduced parts year-on-year. A further 200 part numbers were added to its catalogues in 2017 alone.