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BMW 118i M Sport Hatch

The BMW 1 Series has been redesigned to go beyond the journey and co-pilot your life. Boasting a 5-door design with a new sporty look and BMW TwinPower Turbo engines, it also comes with an enhanced digital eco-system that seamlessly merges your life into the driving experience. Add to this a boost in interior space, and you have a car that is open to amazing possibilities.

EXPRESS YOURSELF.

The BMW 1 Series has evolved to a more expressive look and feel, and with this comes a new flowing silhouette that is complemented by a reimagined Hofmeister kink. Giving this athletic look a more refined touch are optional extras such as new 19-inch M Alloy wheels, a wide range of metallic paints including Storm Bay and Misano Blue, and extended lighting with BMW logo projection.

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Model BMW 118i M Sport Hatch
Term 48 Months
Initial Rental £990.00
Monthly Rental 47 x £330.00
Annual Mileage 6,000
Excess Mileage Charge 9.54p

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BMW LAUNCHES WORLD-FIRST eDRIVE ZONES IN THE UK.

Further enhancing support for plug-in hybrid owners, BMW is today launching BMW Points in the UK – a programme designed to reward customers for each electric mile driven.

Offered to BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW 545e, BMW 745e, BMW X3 30e (produced from August 2021) and BMW X5 45e drivers with BMW Operating System 7.0, the programme offers free charging in exchange for driving electric miles. Drivers can earn 2 points for each mile driven electrically, and 4 points for each mile driven electrically in a designated eDrive zone.

BMW Points users are also awarded 20 bonus points every time their vehicle is charged for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Plus, a monthly reward of 500 points for each user who charges their vehicle twenty times a month for a minimum of fifteen minutes each time. 

Once drivers have collected 3,200 points, they will be rewarded with £10 charging credit to be used across the BMW Charging network. At 7,500 points, customers will receive £25 and at 14,500 points a £50 free charging credit.

Points are earned for each mile driven once the vehicle is registered on the BMW Points scheme via the My BMW App and, once registered, miles are automatically logged by the vehicle. Additionally, any miles driven throughout Europe are also recorded, with BMW Points already available to customers in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

BMW became the first car manufacturer in 2020 to launch geo-fencing technology in designated areas across London and Birmingham, resulting in BMW plug-in hybrid models switching to electric driving mode once the vehicle has entered these eDrive zones. Now in addition to London and Birmingham, a further six eDrive Zones have been launched across the UK in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool, Bath and Manchester.

BMW has also launched eDrive Zones in the Republic of Ireland, with Dublin and Limerick added as designated cities.

More information on the first BMW eDrive Zones which launched in the UK in 2020 can be found here.

The BMW eDrive Zones service, available as standard on BMW plug-in hybrid models running the latest BMW Operating System 7.0, works using geo-fencing technology via GPS within the vehicle’s navigation system. The eDrive Zones in London and Birmingham are highlighted graphically on the vehicle’s Central Control Display navigation screen, so drivers can see their location.

This feature, which is enabled in customer vehicles as of today, covers the same geographic area as the TFL Congestion Charge/ULEZ zone in London, while in Birmingham the service covers the city’s planned Clean Air Zone, which is due to be implemented in 2021. BMW plans to introduce this technology in additional cities across the UK and Ireland in the future.

The BMW eDrive Zones service is now available as standard on BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW 745e and BMW X5 xDrive45e, with additional compatible models launching in the future. BMW eDrive Zones have also been made available via a free over-the-air software update for compatible BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, meaning existing customers can also benefit from this technology.

The significant contribution plug-in hybrid vehicles can make to reducing tailpipe emissions in cities was demonstrated in an early trial of this technology, carried out in the Netherlands in 2018. Results of this research project showed 90 per cent of all routes within the trial zone in Rotterdam were driven in electric-only mode.

BMW Group production locations in the UK are also contributing towards the company’s global electromobility goals. BMW Group’s Hams Hall engine manufacturing plant, near Birmingham, assembles three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol engines that are at the heart of a number of BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles. By the end of 2020, it is expected that one in five engines built by the company in Birmingham will be destined for a plug-in hybrid vehicle, rising to around 25 per cent of engines built next year.

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Competition Now Closed

Bowker BMW centres in Blackburn and Preston are running a new competition with the first prize donated by Modern Mobility in Clitheroe and Blackburn. 

The first prize scooter is a Pride Go-Go ES8 Boot Scooter. The lightweight Go-Go ES8 can be easily dismantled and fits into the smallest of cars. Designed for exceptional durability, the Go-Go ES8 also provides great reliability.

Bowker BMW motability specialist, Andrew Holden, said: “I’ve spoken to hundreds of customers who struggle with their mobility. I’ve seen how the right blend of transport solutions can transform the lives of people who struggle to get around.

“This competition couldn’t be simpler. It’s for anyone in Lancashire who knows a friend or family member who would benefit most from a free mobility scooter. They can quickly nominate someone by sharing a couple of sentences that describe the reason they should win and the kind of impact that winning a free scooter will have on their lives.”

Modern Mobility sales manager, Russell Curry, said: “Like Bowker, we always try to offer a little bit extra for our customers when we can. By joining forces in this competition with Bowker we can do just that. This is a great way for two local businesses to work together. The scooter is a special prize for someone who is not as mobile as they would like to be.

“Andrew and I had a coffee and decided we should work together. When you share the same values, it really is that easy for businesses to collaborate! This competition is proof! Good luck to everyone who is nominated!”

In 2019, Bowker BMW’s Andrew Holden was crowned best Motability specialist in the country. The award recognised Andrew as the best from over 18,000 motability specialists in the country and acknowledges consistently high standards of service and support to customers of the Motability Car Scheme throughout 2018. 

If you know someone who you think deserves a new motability scooter, simply fill in the form below, or comment on our Facebook post here.

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    Entries can be made until 30th August 2021. The prize draw will be made in September.

    Discover all our Motability offers or contact our Motability expert Andrew Holden at Blackburn on 01254 274407, or the team at Preston on 01772 769976.

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    Nominations must be received by 5pm on 30th August 2021. Nominee must in reciept of High rate (DLA) Disability allowance or enhanced rate of PIP (personal independence payment).  A valid email address must be provided, unless applying on our Facebook page. The winner will be notified by Facebook/Instagram messenger or email once the prize draw has taken place. The prize must be collected from Bowker Blackburn BMW, a interview and photograph may be required when collecting the prize. No cash alternative.

    If you’ve never driven a convertible, you need to check out the BMW 4 Series, a sleek open-top four-seater that has power and pace.

    First impressions do count. Whether you’re choosing a house, a hotel, a pet or a partner – but especially when you’re choosing a car!

    From the moment you make eye contact you know whether this is the one for you. Hard to explain, it’s just a gut feeling.

    A feeling you certainly get when being first introduced to the BMW 4 Series Convertible – a sporty car of genuine elegance with instant, stop-you-in-your tracks appeal.

    Down the decades, convertibles have always had something of an edge over the rest on appearance, but this latest BMW variant is the new benchmark.

    And, difficult as it might be to believe, the handling and functionality are every bit as good as the look.

    Pure, dynamic, driving pleasure combined with the allure of exclusive open-air motoring, make this open-top, four-seater (not many of those around) a highly-compelling proposition in a competitive marketplace.

    First up, the overall handling is nothing short of magnificent. This is a car of power and pace, but one that holds the road superbly and takes the corners like a dream. Not at any point does it threaten to race out of your control.

    With a low centre of gravity and perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution and optimised aerodynamics, the BMW 4 Series Convertible offers sharp response across all petrol and diesel options with all models complying with the Euro 6d emissions standard.

    The flagship M440i xDrive comes with 374hp and 500Nm of torque and powers from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Supporting the twin power turbo six-cylinder petrol engine is a 48V mild hybrid battery, which helps with stop/start functionality, boosts acceleration and also delivers favourably in terms of fuel consumption.

    Impressive stuff, but you can expect excellence and performance whatever your fancy or budget, like eight-speed Steptronic transmission for starters.

    Inside there is an ambience of quality and flair with driver-centric cockpit design, electrically adjustable sports seats in the front with automatically extending and retracting belt feeders, Vernasca leather trim and seat heating, plus leather sports steering wheel. The two rear seats are individually styled and there are harmoniously designed surfaces on the instrument panel, door panel trim and rear passenger compartment.

    The BMW 4 Series Convertible perfectly suits both everyday journeys and longer distance trips. Storage options are surprisingly good and the top-class equipment make open-top driving an even more pleasurable experience.

    Optional wind deflectors can be stored behind the rear backrest and optional neck warmers are integrated into the front head restraints. Three-zone automatic climate control is standard and also available are ambient lighting features with welcome light carpet, Harman Kardon surround sound system and an auxiliary heating system controlled via smartphone or the BMW display key.

    There is front collision warning with brake intervention, lane departure warning including lane return with steering assistance and speed limit info system. Optional driving assistant professional adds a number of features including steering and lane control assistant with the new active navigation and emergency lane assistant functions. There is also innovative 3D visualisation of the surrounding area in the digital instrument cluster.

    Park distance control with sensors at the front and rear come as standard while an optional parking assistant also includes reversing assistant. The latest generation of BMW head-up display and BMW drive recorder are also available.

    The glorious BMW Operating System 7 provides the platform for individually configurable, personalised content in the control display (measuring up to 10.25 inches) and the optional 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster. There is intuitive, multimodal operation using the control display touchscreen, iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons or voice control and BMW intelligent personal assistant with new graphics in the control display.

    A cloud-based navigation system (BMW Maps) provides fast, precise calculation of routes and arrival times, real-time traffic data updated at frequent intervals and a facility for entering any word when searching for destination.

    Featuring Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and now also Android Auto, wireless connection via wi-fi, all information is shown in the control display, the instrument cluster and head-up display.

    In short, it wants for nothing. One leading motor critic, noted more for fault-finding than plaudits, termed it ‘highly-recommended’. High praise indeed.

    The BMW 4 Series Convertible is a motor for anyone who loves carefree driving, coupled with a touch of panache and excitement.

    If you’ve never tried a ‘drop top’ then check it out. You might well become a ‘convert’!

    Author: Paul Agnew.

    Source: Live Magazine, www.live-magazines.co.uk/become-a-convert/

    Bowker Motor Group and Ciceley Motorsport revealed their first partnership in the pursuit of national motorsport glory.

    The collaboration sees Bowker Motor Group’s BMW centre in Blackburn become the official parts provider for the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport Race Team. Bowker BMW will also support Ciceley Motorsport with two sponsored cars.

    The agreement comes at the start of Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport’s first Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship series driving BMW 3 Series with drivers Tom Chilton and Adam Morgan. 

    Bowker and Ciceley have been pillars of the North West business community for over 100 years and almost 50 years respectively. Bowker Motor Group’s sister company Bowker Transport is a customer of Ciceley Commercials too. The friendship between the family businesses doesn’t stop there.

    Blackburn-based Ciceley Motorsport driver Adam Morgan, and third generation of the Morgan family who owns Ciceley, reveals: “Both our families go way back. It goes beyond business. My grandad Brian Morgan and Bill Bowker were great friends. Subsequent generations have grown up together. And both families make no secret of our shared passion for Lancashire and motorsport. That’s why Bowker BMW’s support for this 2021 British Touring Car Championship season means so much.” 

    Bowker Motor Group director Chris Eccles said: “We’ve watched Ciceley Motorsport’s successes over the years with great interest. We love to see other Lancashire families flying the flag for the county on the national stage. Ciceley Motorsport team’s switch to BMW presented the perfect opportunity to agree a closer relationship with the team. We are excited to be involved and can’t wait to be part of the fun as this year’s British Touring Car Championship story takes shape.”

    At Brand Hatch last weekend, Adam Morgan claimed the ninth victory of his BTCC career, leading from start-to-finish in round nine of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at the famous Kent venue.

    Bowker BMW joins other Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport sponsors including North West-based Car Gods, Tetrosyl and Nitrox Fuel Additives.

    Preston-based motorcycle retailer Bowker Motorrad has sponsored British Superbike Championship racing team PR Racing since the 2017 season.

    Following Bowker BMW’s partnership with Ciceley Motorsport’s British Touring Car Championship Team – Car Gods Racing, we want to keep you up-to-date with their progression throughout the season. Below you can find the race reports from each race weekend throughout the season. Race reports will be added the week following the race.

    Chilton and Morgan score well at Croft.

    Pace and points in Yorkshire for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport.



    The two Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sports of Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton showed impressive pace at Croft, North Yorkshire, this weekend as the Bowker BMW-backed cars batted to points finishes in all three Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship races.

    Adam Morgan bagged two top 10 finishes with team-mate Tom Chilton doing the same in race three and illustrating his pace with the fastest lap of race two.

    Adam qualified an impressive fifth (carrying 33kg of success ballast) recovering after a minor gearbox issue early in the session to put his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW on the inside of row three with Tom qualifying 15th in a difficult session that was twice interrupted. That meant that finding an opportunity to complete a run between stoppages was very difficult.

    From the start of race one Adam was in the middle of a multi-car battle but he was on the medium compound tyre, the harder of the two choices at Croft and those drivers on the option soft rubber, to be used once over the day, were proving faster. That meant Adam dropped behind Josh Cook before Chris Smiley went for a narrow gap at the Hairpin and wriggled past with four laps to go. Adam netted eighth place, a little frustrated.

    “I thought that I would have held my place or gone forward,” he said, “but the cars on the soft tyre proved to be quick for a few laps and as they came though it affected the flow of the battle. There was a long line of us all fighting and if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could lose places so points and losing some of the success weight for race two isn’t all bad.”

    Race two proved to be more of the same as Adam, now with 21 kilos of weight and the softer tyre, found himself in another massive queue of cars, all jousting for position and trying not to lose ground. “All it took was to try one move and you could leave the door open for someone else,” explained The Morganator. “It was a really brutal race with a lot of rubbing as everyone was desperate to make a move stick, but at the same time trying to overtake was a big risk. Nothing really fell my way and no gaps opened up ahead of me and instead I lost a place which is frustrating. The consolation is that I took ninth, scored points and lost more weight but I was hoping for more.”

    Adam’s weekend contained more frustration in race three when he was involved in a big battle for seventh place with Jake Hill. Having already gained places from ninth on the grid, Adam, with just 15 kilos of weight on the car, was crawling all over Hill as they approached the Complex and as Hill’s car slid slightly, it caught Adam’s BMW and sent it into a spin. Worse was that, Adam had to wait for the engine to fire up again and then find a gap in the traffic before he could rejoin. The dramas dropped him to 21st before he charged back into 17th place at the chequered flag.

    “I’m really frustrated, to say the least. I was quicker and lighter than Hill but he was being really defensive and he was on the limit. That made his car nervous and it touched mine but that was all it took to send me into a spin. At least I could fight back and gain a few places before the flag but that race could, should, have been so much better.”

    Team-mate Tom Chilton had a consistent day, netting 11th in the opening race as he battled up from 15th on the grid, but was unlucky in the second race as he was involved in first lap dramas that whacked his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW into a spin. “Who didn’t hit me…?” asked Tom, ruefully.

    A mighty fightback from 27th to 17th was an inspired drive, Tom unlucky to miss out on a place in the top 15 for championship points but he did secure the bonus point for the fastest lap of the race, proof of how Tom is becoming increasingly confident in the rear-wheel drive machine. From 17th on the grid for race three, Tom blasted his way to 10th place after another attacking drive that illustrated his pace and confidence in the car.

    Said Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess: “Today was mixed for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport. I have never in 8 years seen Adam so frustrated after a race weekend. We showed really good pace because both cars were really good at running up near the front and overtaking, plus Tom took the fastest lap of the second race. So we know our cars perfectly set up and fast, as well as reliable, so that is really positive in our first year with the BMW. The cards just didn’t fall our way, though, and results didn’t reflect what we are capable of but with Silverstone in just a week’s time, at least we aren’t staring two badly damaged cars, the teams spanners are going to be getting some hammer getting the cars ready to leave on Wednesday! We will be back fighting at the front again next week, and Tom’s pace was fantastic, he can’t wait for the next round”

    Adam lies ninth in the championship with Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport eighth in the BTCC Teams Championship. Adam is fourth in the Independents Trophy with the team fifth in the Independent Teams Championship.

    After a quick turnaround, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car heads to Silverstone, Northamptonshire, next weekend on September 25/26 with qualifying shown on itv.com/btcc on Saturday and all the raceday action on Sunday September 26 on ITV4.

    Car God Morgan powers to second victory of the 2021 BTCC race season.

    Adam Morgan blasted his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport to a second win of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton, Hampshire, yesterday, to vault up to sixth in the championship.

    Adam, who had been in the mix all day, started the final race of the day on pole position, benefitting from the reverse grid system that drew him for the first place on the grid. Adam made a peach of a start and bolted into the lead from the factory-supported BMW of Colin Turkington, but their battle was interrupted by an early safety car period after Gordon Shedden and Jade Edwards tangled at the first corner.

    Adam left his restart late but still managed to get the drop on Colin once more, the Bowker BMW-backed machine edging away to up the margin to around half a second before a second safety car period was needed after an accident at the Complex. As soon as the road was cleared the action resumed and Adam again bolted away to protect his lead as Turkington, who was carrying 39 kilos of success ballast to Adam’s 21, tried to stay with him. Turkington needed to be careful of the pack behind with the lighter car of Senna Proctor bearing down on him. Just as The Morganator looked to be safe, a third safety car period was called for after Ollie Jackson’s car became stranded trackside and Adam had to control another restart. He did so perfectly, but his front right tyre was starting to suffer and Adam made a tiny error heading into the chicane, which forced him to use the escape road rather than try to make the corner. That enabled him to pull away from Turkington, but Adam eased his pace a little so as not to have been adjudged to have gained an unfair advantage and that allowed Turkington to get closer again late race.

    Adam held on, however, to a 10th career win and the second of the season for Car Gods and Ciceley Motorsport operating its new car.

    Speaking to ITV post-race, Adam said: “It’s always hard in a reverse grid race because they seem to throw everything at you like three safety car periods! My Mac Tools supported car felt great in that race and all the tweaks that we have made over the weekend all came good and it has been getting better and better.

    “There was immense pressure in that race from Colin but I’ve done a lot of training in the iZone sim and all that experience paid off but I did make a little mistake at the chicane and locked up. I knew I wasn’t going to make the corner so it was safer to miss the corner rather than risk going off. I had Colin in my mirrors, he was applying pressure and I missed the braking point by a metre. My front right tyre was really worn but could I have held Colin off if he’d caught me? Yes.

    “My engineer Steve Farrell was on the radio suggesting I should back it off and my tyre was well worn anyway, but a win is a win. It’s a mega result for the whole Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team.”

    Adam had started the day sixth on the grid for the opening race and netted a seventh place at the finish of a frantic race, while he took eighth in race two after being involved in plenty of battles along the way. In race one, Adam felt the car wasn’t perfect and, “felt like a passenger rather than driving the car,” but with success ballast in race two the car felt much better.

    “WSR has been a great help but it is really satisfying for an independent team like ours to beat the works cars.”

    The second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW of Tom Chilton netted 14th in the opening race, Tom’s 400th BTCC start but struggled in races two and three to finish 17th.

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “That was a fantastic day for Adam and for the whole team. Thruxton is an important circuit for Car Gods with lots of trackside sponsorship and all of our guests were delighted with a great day of racing as well as Adam’s win. He drove brilliantly to fend off the renowned BMW master Colin Turkington, so that is a major boost for him as a driver and us as a team as well as vindicating our decision to go with the BMWs this year. He’s up to sixth in the championship and our cars just keep on improving the more we learn, so we can’t wait to go to Croft now and aim for more wins.”

    Adam is now up to sixth in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and fourth in the Independent Drivers title race, with Tom 21st overall. Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport lies eighth in the Teams’ Championship and fifth in the Independent Teams’ contest.

    The next races are at Croft, North Yorkshire, on September 18/19 with qualifying on itv.com/btcc on Saturday 18th with all the raceday action on ITV4 on Sunday September 19th.

    Tough day in Scotland for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport



    Leading Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Team, Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport are reflecting on a tough weekend at Knockhill, Fife, after drivers Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton raced hard all weekend.

    On the 1.2-mile Scottish circuit, the two Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport drivers were up for the battle going into qualifying but with commitment absolute and track space crucial, Adam had an off at the fast chicane, his Bowker BMW-backed 330i M Sport sliding sideways into the gravel and ending its session early. “I was a bit greedy with the kerb,” explained Adam. “That threw me off the road.” Thirteenth on the grid was Adam’s reward, which could have been much worse but would make life tough going into the opening 24-lap race of the weekend. Tom also struggled for clear track space and would line up 16th for the opening race of the weekend.

    In front of a big and enthusiastic Scottish crowd on a chilly raceday, the two Race Gods were ready for the fight. Adam was in determined mood from the start, taking his BMW to fight the traffic ahead but in a frantic opening lap, found himself losing places rather than gaining. “I was having a battle with Dan Lloyd and went up the inside at Clark’s which put me in a slide and I lost a few places and then the same happened at the hairpin so I dropped to 17th.”

    That meant Adam spent the race fighting back into contention, carrying 39 kilos of success ballast for running fifth in the championship. Pulling some brave moves under braking, Adam worked his way back into the points. “After the first lap, I had to fight back but spent the race working back up to 13th, rather than making progress from my grid position. That was frustrating, but we were happy with the pace of the car so there was definitely a big positive to take from the race.”

    Adam would start 13th on the grid once more for race two, with a tweak to the balance of the car. Determined to make progress, Adam used a big chunk of kerb at the Chicane to get the run on the traffic, but the car became unsettled and had a spin on the opening lap of the race. “That dropped me to 27th,” recalled Adam, “but I then worked my way back up to 16th so the pace of the car was really good. Again, that was really pleasing but I was cross with myself that I was using it to recover and not to go forward. We had also taken the weight out of the car which made it feel different but overall the car felt good.”

    Race three would employ the semi-reverse grid but Adam missed out on it and thus had to start 16th. More balance changes were made but Adam had to run the regulation harder tyre that each driver had to use in one of the three races. That was regarded as the slower tyre so Adam found it harder to battle up the order, netting a second 13th place of the day.

    “It’s been a frustrating weekend. It could have been three top 10 finishes, but the key to it was qualifying. If I hadn’t had my off I could have used a second set of tyres, qualified higher and been out of the dramas, so it is certainly a reminder just how important qualifying is.”

    The second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport of Tom Chilton also had a frustrating weekend, Tom suffering with the traffic in qualifying and lining up 16th after the twice-interrupted session. In the opening race, Tom battled up to 13th place. “I felt quite fast this weekend, I felt quite racy especially on the softer tyre. I was on a real charge in race one and I got up from 16th to 12th which was good.”

    In race two, Tom underlined his pace by rocketing his Haydock Finance support BMW up to the top six and then started to battle with Aiden Moffat, but as Tom pressed on, a tiny drama at the Chicane upset his progress.

    “I made a mistake at the Chicane chasing Aiden and I had to do a Scandinavian flick to try to control it, but instead, that was followed by a 360-degree spin! I was disappointed with myself because I had been flying before that, but it proves that I am not just needing to learn about the car itself but also how to race it. After so many years in front-wheel drive machinery, I would have responded differently to the slide but a rear-wheel drive car behaves differently – and not as I wanted!”

    The spin dropped Tom down the order and he ended the race 25th and on the harder tyre also struggled to make progress in race three against the bulk of the grid on softer rubber. The team elected to retain the race two set-up but that proved to be the wrong decision with the harder tyre behaving differently, but the Accrington-based squad felt that the data was very useful. Tom ended the race 23rd.

    “I am 75% of the way there to being on top of a rear-wheel drive car so I am definitely getting there! I am getting faster and more confident all the time, so I am looking forward to Thruxton and another step forward.”

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “That was one of the weekends that reminds you how tough this championship can be. We had great pace, two really committed drivers and they drove as hard as they could, but the cards just didn’t fall right. You get weekends like that, but we take the positives of good pace and no damage meaning we will come out fighting at Thruxton. Our cars looked amazing dancing over the kerbs, although the team were a little frustrated, We had lots of Car Gods guests on site, which was fantastic. To be able to welcome back our partners and involve them in the BTCC is just what we have been waiting for and they all had a great day watching cracking racing. The Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport will be back at Thruxton where we raced in May, so we have data already and we are determined to bag more wins and podium finishes.”

    The weekend’s results drop Adam to 10th in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, but he is looking forward to fighting back next time out. The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Thruxton, Hampshire, on August 28/29 with qualifying on itv.com/btcc on Saturday August 28th and the full raceday action broadcast on ITV4 on Sunday August 29th.

    Morgan and Chilton enjoy solid Oulton Park BTCC weekend.

    A fantastic weekend of consistent pace netted a tremendous haul of point for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.

    On home soil and in front of a massive and enthusiastic crowd, Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton worked wonders in their BMW 330i M Sports to take a brace of podium finishes and two further top 10 results.

    Qualifying netted sixth for Adam while Tom struggled in traffic on the narrow Cheshire circuit and wound up 22nd but up for the fight come raceday. Race one was a tense affair, interrupted by a multiple accident that caused the race to be stopped and re-started. When the race resumed, Adam was eager to repeat his Oulton Park win of 2020 and chased Gordon Shedden as he tried to wriggle by for second place. Triple champion Shedden was able to preserve the place and deny. The Morganator second, but Adam was happy with his podium finish, running on the harder medium tyre which was regarded to be slightly slower than the softer tyre used by the two winning cars.

    “Oulton tends to be a bogey circuit for us, apart from last year’s win, so I am really chuffed to be on the podium in our first race here in the BMW. Gordon just had the edge on the soft tyres but a podium was a really good start to the day, especially as we were ahead of the works cars. Our Bowker BMW guests are over the moon!”

    Adam started race three from third on the grid, now with 57 kilos of success ballast and running the softer tyre. As race leader Dan Rowbottom tried to defend his team-mate Gordon Shedden, Rory Butcher took the lead and Adam nipped ahead of Shedden for third place. As Butcher edged away, Rowbottom kept Accrington-based Adam at bay, with the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW having to fend off the quick Jake Hill which was lighter from race one.

    “That was tough,” reckoned Adam. “I was busy trying to get past Dan and needing to make sure Jake didn’t get by so it was a busy race but a second podium of the day is really satisfying and the points are very welcome as well.”

    For race three, with the semi-reverse grid, Adam started seventh again with 57 kilos of success ballast and with the slower medium tyre again. It as always going to be a tough race and it was one that was punctuated by a number of accidents on the crowded track. Adam finished fifth after losing out to a forceful Aiden Moffat on the opening tour, the Scotsman being uncompromising in his efforts to get by in his Infiniti. “Aiden was a bit keen and the rub just affected the car a bit but the weight and the tyres were the main factors for pace in that race. To be honest though, after years of bad luck here, two thirds and a fifth and no real dramas is bliss! We can go home with the knowledge of a job well done and not having to rebuild or repair anything so we are really happy.”

    After his troubled qualifying, Tom Chilton’s second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW just missed out on points in race one to finish 17th, but Tom bagged 13th in race two and kept clear of strife in race three to take ninth place for his best result of the season.

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “We have had a fantastic day with some great results in front of a proper crowd for the first time since 2019. Our Car Gods Engineering team and both drivers have adapted to the cars and rear wheel as opposed to front wheel drive at a quite unbelievable rate. Tom’s pace and top ten finish in race 3 has us hoping that he has found that tiny little piece of his jigsaw that was missing, he’s a class act and once he gets fully to grips with the car, we will all be a real force to reckon with. All our guests have loved being back at a BTCC event and they have been treated to plenty of drama as well! Adam drove really well all day and two podium finishes are a great reward for all the effort that the team is putting in and we just keep getting stronger. With the results we are achieving as an independent team, outscoring the works cars again, we are really buzzing.”

    The results move Adam to fifth in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport to eighth in the Teams’ Championship.

    The next races are at Knockhill, Fife, on August 14/15. Qualifying will be shown live on itv.com with all the raceday action live on ITV4 on Sunday August 15th.

    Photo Credit: B2pjk Media

    Car God Morgan motors to maiden BMW win.

    Adam Morgan made history at Brands Hatch in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship yesterday by becoming the first independent driver to win a round of the championship in a BMW 330i M Sport. He thus gave the Ciceley Motorsport team their first win operating the BMW after previous successes in its Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
     
    Starting from pole position in the reverse grid race, Adam blasted away from the line in his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW to head the pack throughout the 24-lap race chased by former team-mate Aiden Moffat, who became embroiled in a battle with Jack Goff. That allowed The Morganator to break away and build his lead, even coping with late-race drizzle to take a ninth career win. Running new brake discs and pads for the race, Adam had to adapt to the feel of his car on the opening laps, but after some guidance from Chief Engineer Steve Farrell, Adam majestically extended his advantage to take his first win in his Bowker BMW-backed 330i M Sport.
     
    “I’m very happy. I started the first race 21st on the grid so straight away we had to think about our weekend and aim to get in the mix for the reverse grid race. I adjusted the balance in the early stages but I kept locking up and had to get on top of that. It is a brilliant way to end the weekend. It is only our third event with this car so it is fantastic to repay our sponsors and everyone in the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team with a win.”
     
    Adam had missed out on a perfect lap in qualifying with the frantic nature of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit making him a martyr to traffic. As a result of not finding a clear lap, and losing one lap time for exceeding track limits, 21st was his reward. With his elbows out, Adam had two physical races, the first race netting 17th and the second 12th. That translated to pole position on the semi-reversed grid for race three and the maiden victory.
     
    The second Car Gods, Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport of Tom Chilton also struggled to find a clear lap in qualifying resulting in Tom starting 24th for the opening race. With everyone so evenly matched, progress wasn’t easy but he fought up to 19th place. Adjustments were made to the set-up of the car for race two which allowed Tom to charge further up the field to 13th place behind Adam, but just missing out on the cut for the reverse grid.
     
    “The car was mega in race two,” opined Tom. “We worked on the set-up and it was so good that for race three we decided to go one more click. That, though, was one click too far so we ended up with a slower car for race three, but the positive aspect is that I know the limit of that set-up adjustment now. It is all about learning about a car that is new to me and the team, so I can’t wait for Oulton Park.”
     
    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “Wow! What a result that is, so early in our association with BMW. Adam did a great job in race three, with the weather trying to trip us up and having the entire field breathing down his neck, but he didn’t crack, drove smoothly to build the gap and looked dominant up front. To prove that an independent team like Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport can win in these cars and they are not just the domain of a works team is really good for the championship. WSR deserve thanks for the build, but it was quite a moment to beat the masters of these cars! Thanks, should also go to Tom Chilton, Tom has been very unlucky with incidents and traffic so far this year, but his day will come. Tom is instrumental in the development of the cars along with Nick Sylvester his Engineer and of course Adam and Chief Engineer Steve Farrell. The whole team, sponsors, mechanics, chef’s, bottle washers and family deserve this win. We are blown away with the win so early in the year and, as always, go to Oulton Park in a really positive mood now and can’t wait to welcome more of our fans and guests back trackside to cheer on the Car Gods!”
     
    The weekend’s results move Adam up to 11th in the championship and the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport squad now eighth in the Teams’ standings. 
     
    The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will be at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on July 31st/August 1st. Qualifying will be shown live on itv.com/btcc on Saturday with all the raceday action live on ITV4 on August 1st.

    Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport bags three top-eight finishes in Snetterton scorcher.

    Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport is celebrating another positive weekend in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship in which Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton again proved the pace of their BMW 330i M Sports, with Adam taking three top eight finishes at Snetterton in Norfolk.

    In hot conditions on Saturday, Adam and Tom’s main focus was the two-part qualifying session, with the top 10 progressing to the final shoot-out. In the first 25-minute part, Adam qualified 10th while Tom finished 13th. With one car subsequently excluded, Tom moved up to 12th on the race one grid, whilst Adam took his Bowker BMW-supported car into Q2 where he battled to sixth and was then promoted to fifth after the disqualification of Gordon Shedden’s Honda Civic for a rear wing infringement.

    “I’m pleased with that,” said Adam. “The car has really good pace and should be suited to Snetterton, so I’m optimistic for raceday.”

    In sweltering conditions, Adam made a good start from fifth on the grid for the opening race and was soon in a battle with Ollie Jackson, Dan Lloyd and Stephen Jelley (BMW 330i M Sport). On the softer, grippier, option tyre, Adam was fighting hard and had moved up to fifth when he snagged a brake into the Esses and locked up a wheel. That affected his front left tyre which started to deteriorate over the remaining distance around the three-mile lap.

    “That really hurt us,” explained Adam. “I was on the radio soon afterwards saying ‘This tyre isn’t going to last’ so I had to back off to look after it. I dropped to seventh but even when I was braking earlier to look after the tyre, I still overtook Dan Lloyd for sixth pace so I’m really pleased. I’m not sure it would have lasted another lap, though.”

    Adam’s hard-earned sixth place was in contrast to Tom’s opening race when he was helped into a spin on the final lap, which dropped his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW to 21st place.

    It also meant that Tom had a lot of work to do in race two, starting 21st, but as he charged his BMW into the first hairpin on the opening lap, he became a victim of the traffic all stacking up ahead of him. “There is always a concertina effect,” explained Tom. “I was about one car length back from the car ahead at turn two but suddenly the field seemed to stop and I just couldn’t stop in time. It was unbelievable how quickly all the traffic backed up and then it happened again into turn four which broke my bonnet so I was then staring at bodywork!” With damage, Tom was forced to retire the car.

    Adam, from sixth on the grid, had lots of understeer early in the race which then became oversteer as the race progressed. “It was difficult to get traction and pick up power,” he explained. “It was very difficult for everyone in the heat, and in terms of pace we weren’t far away, but it was just so hot! I locked up in a couple of corners and we made a few adjustments after race one, but they weren’t quite what we needed. I’m happy with eighth thought because it is more points and shows that we can run up near the front.”

    Adam missed out on the reverse grid, seventh being the place that would translate to pole, so he started eighth and Tom 28th for the final race. Again, both rear-wheel drive cars made good starts, with Adam’s car having undergone some more set-up changes. “We made the rear of the car more settled,” he explained, “but we had a bit more understeer in the high-speed sections. It was quite a brutal race with lots of contact, but my goal was a top 10 and I finished eighth, so overall I’m pretty happy.”


    Tom said: “I was a bit Cautious Charlie after not finishing race two, but we made some tweaks that made the car really fast and I got through from 28th to 19th. I reckon that could have been higher but I was held up in traffic early on and I really didn’t want to risk it too much for fear of not finishing. By the end of the race, the car was working really well and the whole grid was coming to me. I wish we could have race four now…!”

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said:

    Everyone’s talking about the weather but we are focussing on the pace of our Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMWs. The cars have shown really good speed this weekend and three top eight finishes for Adam shows that we are in the mix and our first win of 2021 isn’t far away.

    The results from Snetterton put Adam 11th and Tom 20th in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship standings with Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport ninth in the Teams Championship. The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Brands Hatch, Kent, on June 26th/27th. Qualifying will be shown on itv.com on Saturday June 26th with all the raceday action on Sunday June 27th live on ITV4.

     

    Promising debut for Bowker BMW partner Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport as BTCC bursts in action.

    Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Team Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport began a new chapter in its history at Thruxton, Hampshire, with excellent pace and a weekend full of data to kick-start its 2021 campaign.

    Adam Morgan and new recruit Tom Chilton hit a damp track on Saturday morning for free practice, an essential session to fine-tune their brand-new BMW 330i M Sports for the all-important qualifying session later in the day.

    In a session that began wet but dried out towards the end, the correct tyre choice at the right moment was crucial. Tom bounced back from a clutch drama earlier in the day to take 20th on the grid, while Adam was 14th and ready for raceday.

    The opening race was dry and, for Adam, “A baptism of fire! A real step into the unknown.” With Thruxton being the fastest circuit in the UK, all the cars running Goodyear’s hard tyre and limited running having been achieved on a dry road, the Car Gods drivers had much to contend with. A lap one accident brought out the safety car, but on the restart, Adam battled his way up to eighth place. “I was happy to get into the top 10 but it wasn’t easy. I’m still learning about the car and about the best set-up, but that was a really encouraging start to the season.”

    Tom bagged 14th after suffering when his fuel pump failed on the apex of the first corner. “That was a bit scary,” he confessed, as he limped back to the pit lane allowing the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team as much time as possible to gather their Mac Tools and work on the car.

    After making changes to his car following the first race, Adam felt confident, but an early clash with Tom Ingram put him off the road at high-speed forcing him to make a pit stop, followed by another coming together with Gordon Shedden at the last corner and spun, coming home in 21st place.

    Race three was another weather-affected lottery with rain falling as the cars came to the grid. Tom, 26th on the grid, elected to start on wets while Adam, 21st, began the race on slicks. The race ebbed and flowed for both drivers as the road dried and Adam charged up to 11th, but then the rain came again, and Tom charged up to 12th place. Just like qualifying, the correct tyre at the right time was crucial and as the rain fell again late-race, Tom hung on to 13th spot while Adam, now grip-less on slicks, used his rallying experience to take 18th position, despite a spin.

    The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Snetterton, Norfolk, on June 12/13. Qualifying will be shown on itv.com on Saturday June 12th with all the race day action on Sunday June 13th live on ITV4.

    Our Product Genius’ get asked a lot about plug-in hybrids. Most of the time it is the same question, so we decided to put their answers and insights all in one place. See below for the most common misconceptions of a Plug-in Hybrid:

    PHEVs have a combustion engine and an electric motor, which means their range is not limited. The two can operate together or independently, providing the flexibility of local emission-free electric driving over shorter distances and efficient petrol power for longer journeys.

    The best way to experience a plug-in hybrid is from behind the wheel. Why not book a test drive online* so you can compare a PHEV to a regular combustion engine car? Why not use our online comparison tool to compare PHEV performance stats with regular combustion engine models.

    PHEVs offer impressive lifetime savings over combustion engine models.

    All electric cars are built to meet the same strict design and manufacturing regulations as petrol and diesel vehicles.
    Visit the Euro NCAP website to find detailed information on the safety ratings of all BMW PHEVs.

    All BMW PHEVs are classed as ‘ultra-low emission vehicles’, with CO₂ emissions of less than 62g/km and
    as low as 27g/km for the X5 xDrive45e. You can read more about PHEV efficiency and emissions here.

    A 2020 report analysed real-world maintenance and repair cost data from thousands of households, concluding that PHEVs cost half as much to maintain as standard combustion engine vehicles.

    BMW now offers 16 plug-in hybrid models in saloon, estate, MPV and SUV body styles. You can explore each model in detail online. By 2023, The BMW Group will have 25 electrified models in its range, 12 of which will be fully electric.

    The BMW ChargeNow service provides access to 7,000 charging stations nationwide, while the My BMW app
    helps owners identify their nearest charging point. Visit testyourdrive.co.uk to explore your local options.

    All new BMW PHEVs can reach 80% battery capacity in three to five hours using a public AC Fast
    Charging station. They can also be charged to 80% in approximately three to five hours at home
    using a bp pulse unit. Find out more about charging here.

    *Test drive subject to applicant status and availability

    What is BMW Charging?

    BMW Charging is the all-round solution for charging your BMW. Products and services from BMW Charging provide you with numerous tailor-made offers for charging at home and at public charging stations. 

    The standard charging cable for recharging at home and the AC Fast charging cable for public charging are already included with the standard equipment. And at the latest, within 24 hours of being activated, the BMW Charging Card gives you unlimited access to the widely distributed public charging network in inner cites, at car parks and along key arterial routes – including high-power charging stations for ultra-fast charging.  For detailed information on the availability of public charging infrastructure – the best way is to visit www.bmw-charging.com or simply display the public charging stations via the navigation system or the My BMW App*. Incidentally, the BMW Charging App is also available to you as a portal for public charging. So whether it’s charging hardware, installation, digital solutions or other services – our range is growing all the time. 

    BMW new-vehicle customers enjoy twelve months bp pulse package without subscription fee*. And new-vehicle BMW iX3 customers also receive the IONITY Plus package for twelve months without subscription fee*

    Explore the BMW Charging Network here

    bp pulse

    New vehicle customers who purchase a new fully electric or
    plug-in hybrid BMW vehicle from Bowker BMW are eligible to receive a
    “bp pulse” package for 12 months without subscription fee (normally
    £7.85/month) if they have registered for the Flex tariff.*

    IONITY Plus

    New vehicle customers who purchase a new fully electric BMW iX3 or
    BMW iX through Bowker BMW are additionally eligible to receive the
    “IONITY Plus” package for 12 months without subscription fee
    (normally £11.30/month) if they register for the Flex tariff.*


    *T’s & C’s

    – This promotional offer applies to the package subscription fee only, usage
    costs remain the responsibility of the customer.
    – The offer is valid once for a specific vehicle VIN and cannot be transferred to
    other vehicles or owners.
    – After the subscription fee exemption expires, the regular Flex Tariff conditions will
    be applied.
    – New vehicle handover takes place on or after 01 April 2021. This promotional
    offer does not apply to used vehicles.

    You gain access to the world of BMW Charging at the same time as you receive your electric BMW: in the form of your personal BMW Charging Card and AC Fast charging cable for public charging. All you have to do is log in with your BMW ID and your vehicle identification number to www.bmw-charging.com, conclude a charging contract and request/activate your BMW Charging Card. At the latest within 24 hours, the extensive, nationwide public network is activated for you, and you can start charging right away! Your charging sessions are initiated easily and conveniently via BMW Charging and as part of the monthly billing, you receive an overall statement detailing all charging session.

    With BMW Charging, we aim to make public charging as easy and attractive as charging at home. For example, A Flex tariff provides convenient, subscription free access to a superregional, continuously expanding public charging network – all via the BMW Charging Card or App.

    For frequent users, additional subscription packages offering reduced rates from bp pulse and/or IONITY are optionally available. Furthermore, BMW new-vehicle customers enjoy twelve months bp pulse package without subscription fee*. And new-vehicle BMW iX3 customers also receive the IONITY Plus package for twelve months without subscription fee*.

    Access to the large number of public charging stations provided in the extensive BMW Charging network – is available via the BMW Charging card, BMW Charging app or My BMW App**.

    In accordance with the needs of our customers and the charging capabilities of our electric cars and plug-in hybrids, BMW are constantly reviewing and optimising the attractiveness of our pricing structure in the public charging sector. You can find all the latest information on this subject at www.bmw-charging.com.

    Your electric or plug-in hybrid car can be charged wherever you have access to power – whether at home or at the workplace, from a conventional socket or with the bp pulse wallbox for faster charging. When you are travelling, with BMW Charging you’ll have simple access to an expanding superregional network of public AC Fast charging stations from providers such as bp pulse, or high-power DC Rapid charging stations, such as those from IONITY. 

    Yes of course. Simply use the steadily expanding public network of BMW Charging or other charging stations as available, such as from your employer. The My BMW App* or the navigation system in your vehicle shows you public charge points in the vicinity. You will also find a map with the public charging infrastructure at www.bmw-charging.com or via the BMW Charging App. Attractive public charging tariffs and personalised offers are also available exclusively to BMW customers.

    The time taken to charge electric cars (depending on the cable or charging station) takes longer with alternating current (AC), while direct current (DC) is significantly faster. The new BMW i3, for example, is charged from 0-80% after approx. 40 minutes when charged with 50 kW at a Rapid charging (DC) station. These are commonly found at motorway service stations. Alternatively, using a BP Pulse wallbox, the charging time is between 3 – 5 hours.

    In Europe, the public high-power charging (HPC) network of IONITY is integrated directly into the BMW Charging public charging service. All you need to do is register for BMW Charging, conclude the attractive subscription free Flex tariff and request/activate your card as applicable. At the latest within 24 hours you can start charging.

    For frequent users, additional subscription packages offering reduced rates from bp pulse and/or IONITY are optionally available. Furthermore, BMW new-vehicle customers enjoy twelve months bp pulse package without subscription fee*. And new-vehicle BMW iX3 customers also receive the IONITY Plus package for twelve months without subscription fee* – and all this is available via the BMW Charging card, BMW Charging app or My BMW App**. You will find all the information on this charging concept at www.bmw-charging.com.

    In accordance with the needs of our customers and the charging capabilities of our electric cars and plug-in hybrids, we are constantly reviewing and optimising the attractiveness of our pricing structure in the public charging segment. This also applies to the high-power charging network of our partner IONITY. You can find all the latest information on this subject at www.bmw-charging.com.

    *This promotional offer applies to the package subscription fee only, useage costs remain the responsibility of the customer. This promotional offer does not apply to used vehicles.
    **Please note that not all My BMW app features are available on all BMW vehicles and that app features are dependent on model and specification.

    Bowker BMW have partnered with LANX Shoes and Godhead Coffee to combine exclusivity.

    With customised features and handcrafted details, BMW M cars, including the new M4 Competition Coupé become the most unique luxury high-performance cars. The finest selection of materials, top-quality leather upholstery and special Individual paint finishes are available for the most exclusive expression of dynamic driving pleasure.

    At Bowker BMW, we are passionate about motorsport, proper shoes and a new level of coffee experience. Here we are in partnership with LANX shoes and Godhead Coffee – all combining maximum exclusivity as an expression of your own personality.

    So, why not put yourself in Pole Position with a pair of proper shoes that have fused overseas flair with solid British tradition. Designed for any occasion, from a board room pitch to a night out with your mates.

    I’m an electric driver and on average my fuel bill saving is £300 per month!

    Interested in making the switch to an all-electric BMW? Here’s a real-life account from a BMW i3 driver. Heath Downes, Retail Sales Manager at Bowker Motor Group, a BMW i3 driver, was eager to share his experience of an all-electric car. Below, Heath talks about the switch from a combustion engine to electric, his initial ‘range anxiety’, fuel bill savings and the My BMW App being an essential companion for any BMW driver. Here is what Heath had to say;

    “I was very happy with my BMW 3 Series, but the car industry was moving forward with the introduction of electric cars. I have always been someone to move with the times, so when the BMW i3s was released, I knew what I had to do.

    I was drawn in by its standout contemporary design, with forward thinking technology.  It certainly looks fresh and

    modern. However, with electric cars being relatively new, I did have a little bit of “range anxiety” but I soon got to know the car’s capabilities and I was able to plan my journey to suit and the anxiety soon disappeared.

    On average, my return commute is 60 miles per day, with some recreational mileage over the weekend. My domestic home smart charger optimises the best time to charge so that the vehicle is always ready before 7am the following day.

    The main difference from switching to electric certainly comes from the regenerative braking on the i3. You can drive the car around town and barely need to touch the brake pedal, all the while conserving battery energy.

    Ultimately, I was impressed by the performance of the i3s. However, the capability to conserve energy and driving in Eco Pro mode on A roads reveals that the car’s range can in fact be stretched through minimal adjustments in your driving style.

    I have found that switching to an all-electric car has made a huge difference in terms of fuel costs compared to electric costs. On average the monthly fuel bill saving is £300 per month!

    I wouldn’t go back to a petrol or diesel engine car now. The i3 does everything I need it to. It’s practical enough to seat four people in comfort. The car is easy to drive and has good sized boot space for shopping trips. Speaking of shopping trips, the i3 will travel from Lancaster to The Trafford Centre and back comfortably on a single charge.

    On Using the My BMW App.

    I would say the My BMW App is an essential companion for any BMW driver, not just those who have an electric car. I can instantly see the remaining charge on the car and the distance available. The app will notify me when the car has been placed on charge and when it has been fully charged.

    More importantly, in the winter months, you can activate the pre heat function on the car. Not only will the interior be invitingly warm, but the car will also be defrosted on colder mornings. Something which adds an extra air of satisfaction knowing that you can just drive off without having to de-ice your car.

    There’s no turning back for me, and I would encourage anyone who’s thinking about making the switch to electric to do it. You won’t regret it!”

    To learn more and enquire about the BMW i3 contact your local Bowker Centre below, or click here to book a test drive*.

    †Test drive subject to availability and driver eligibility.

    Bowker BMW are proud to announce their partnership with Ciceley Motorsport’s British Touring Car Championship Team – Car Gods Racing.

    The successful Lancashire based squad are campaigning two new BMW 3 Series in the 2021 British Touring Car Championship with two highly experienced drivers in Tom Chilton and Adam Morgan.

    Norman Burgess Commercial Director Ciceley Motorsport “This has got to be our biggest year to date, new title sponsorship, new cars, two top drivers together with our existing concrete, engineers team members and values puts us in the best possible position to do really well in the 2021 British Touring Car Championship and beyond, and gives us great confidence moving toward another new era within the BTCC ‘Hybrid’ for 2022. Tetrosyl really showed their colours last year by standing by us despite the covid pandemic, that’s why they are such a large, powerful, dynamic company that’s respected throughout the industry. Norman continued “Mac Tools also continued to support us, this is their 10th consecutive year supporting the team and we are welcoming Gallagher’s and Haydock Finance on board this year along with Bowker BMW. Really looking forward to getting started now, this season is going to be epic for us.”

    Adam Morgan “Testing has been spot on, both Tom and I have really got to grips with the BMW and its rear wheel drive characteristics straight away, we have been on the pace at every test so far and still have another 4 tests to go before the season starts. We are all, the team’s engineers and mechanics very confident that the cars will be ultra-competitive straight out of the box. The cars look amazing, I was blown away when I first saw them in the flesh, as was Tom, we both fell deeply in love straight away, with the cars, not each other! Although we are getting along and working really well together, both at and away from the track. I, like Norman, am just so grateful that Car Gods have granted us this opportunity and continue to provide much needed support to the Ciceley Motorsport team.

    Keep up-to-date with the team’s progress throughout the season by clicking the button below to view race reports from the Championship.

    The theme of this years Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth”. In honour of Earth Day, we are celebrating the first fully electric BMW, the i3.

    The BMW i3 marks a new era in sustainable mobility, so your driving has less impact on the world around you.

    Inside and out, the BMW i3 represents the future of driving pleasure. The exterior is sporty from every angle, and elevates this presence with modern elements, such as dual-colour painted surfaces, elegant coach doors and a new modern kidney grille design. Inside feels more like a chic and spacious lounge, embracing new sustainable materials and a decluttered, minimal approach to comfort.

    Production: The Carbon fibres used for the BMW i3 are manufactured at the state-of-the-art Leipzig Plant, where the production plant runs entirely on renewable wind power.

    Recycling: The BMW i3 has a battery module that can be re-used as a storage receptacle for solar energy. And the surplus carbon fibres can be returned to production process. Also, approximately 27 used plastic bottles go into every car to form parts of the seats and doors.

    Natural & Sustainable materials: The aim of developing the BMW i cars is not simply to build emission-free cars, but also to use the maximum possible amount of sustainably produced and recycled materials – especially inside. Natural, renewable, and sustainable: the interior of the BMW i3 features door trim panels and a dashboard made from renewable natural fibres, naturally tanned leather, and open-pore eucalyptus wood sourced from 100% FSC®-certified forestry. Overall, 25% renewable raw materials and recycled plastics were used in the interior of the BMW i3. The textile upholsteries are made of up to 100% recycled polyester and a further 25% recycled plastics are used in the exterior.

    With its high-performance battery, the BMW i3 produces zero driving emissions and can cover up to 182-190 miles** in pure electric, while the BMW i3s, which delivers a sportier driving experience, offers up to 173-175 miles.**

    You can recharge your BMW i3 at home or at work using a BP Pulse home charge unit, and on the go with a huge UK network of over 26,000 public charging stations.

    For more information and to enquire, please contact your local Bowker Centre.

    From Monday 12 April, our BMW Centres are fully open for Sales and Aftersales, in line with Government guidance. We have enhanced safety measures in place to keep both you and our team protected at all times.

    Here’s what we’re doing and how you can help:

    • The temperature of our staff is checked
    • Social distancing measures are in place
    • Hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout the Centres
    • Protective screens have been fitted to desks where required
    • Disposable gloves, seat, steering wheel and gear selector covers are being used by our service advisors, technicians and valeters
    • Pre-appointment calls are made beforehand to limit the number of customers in the Centre at any given time
    • Each vehicle that passes through the workshop will be sanitised using a safe disinfecting solution
    • Customers are encouraged to make payments by card or other contactless methods
    • Online sales enquiries are being conducted using video technology where possible
    • Contactless collection/delivery of sold vehicles is available on request

    Click here to view our opening hours.

     

    BMW Sales
    Our sales teams are on hand to assist with your enquiry either within our Centres or from the comfort of your own home. Making an appointment is advisable to avoid any unnecessary waiting in light of social distancing and hygiene measures.

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    To make an appointment, please call us, Monday to Saturday, or you can book online 24/7:

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    We ask that you bring your vehicle to our Centre for your planned Service appointment and park in customer parking. Please access the Centre at Main Reception where you will be met by a member of staff. Your keys will be sanitised and we will wipe down the frequently touched surfaces with a safe disinfecting solution, adding PPE to the interior. Likewise, when you return to collect your vehicle from us, we will have done the same.

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    Introducing the first purely electric Gran Coupe.

    The first purely electric Gran Coupé will take driving pleasure to new limits thanks to a range of up to 363 miles (WLTP)*. The four-door vehicle combines extraordinary performance with superb range to create a driving experience that’s perfect for both long-distance journeys and your everyday commutes.

    Both powerful and smooth the BMW i4 delivers supreme performance with up to 530 hp, The Gran Coupé goes from zero to 62mph in just four seconds, and feels impressively smooth while driving. A model-specific damper technology will ensure that the instant acceleration is a stimulating yet controlled driving experience without any drive slip or course corrections.

    Comfort for any distance. The purely electrically powered Gran Coupé offers new levels of versatility and is perfect for everyday use. The almost silent drive and the optimised suspension technology give the impression of a vehicle effortlessly gliding towards its destination, even at higher speeds and in more difficult traction conditions.

    Rediscover corners, with optimised aerodynamics and a balanced weight distribution enable a high level of agility and precision – further increased by the fine-tuning of the drive and suspension components. Spring and damping systems will ensure optimum road contact and a high cornering stability.

    Giving you room to move, a fully-fledged five-seater, the BMW i4 provides great seating comfort with generous space for head and legs in the back. A long wheelbase with short overhangs and a smooth roofline will define the sporty-elegant shape of the BMW Gran Coupé.

    Enquire about the new BMW i4 ahead of it’s launch later this year by using the form provided.

    *Figures are for comparison purposes and may not reflect real life driving results which depend on a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. They were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i4 is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. The electric range was determined according to the WLTP test cycle. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedure.

    BMW has kicked off 2021 by scooping an impressive number of wins at the 43rd annual What Car? Awards.

    The BMW 3 Series, 4 Series and 5 Series were all recognised, as were the BMW X5 and X6, with a further nine awards for a range of models across the Best Buy categories, where MINI also snapped up two awards.

    The BMW 330e secured the highly coveted Executive Car of the Year award, to add to the seven industry awards already collected in 2020.

    Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car?, said “The latest 3 Series has been our favourite executive car ever since it went on sale, but the specific magic of the plug-in hybrid 330e is in being all things to all drivers. It can run for up to 36 miles on electric power alone, which is enough for most commutes, but it’s also great at shrugging off long motorway trips and displays an agility and sense of fun in corners that no rival can match”.

    The recently launched BMW 4 Series won Coupé of the Year, with Huntingford praising the vehicle’s “perfectly balanced take on the dual nature that makes for a world-class sports coupé”, while the BMW 530e was named the title’s Luxury Car of the Year.

    The BMW X5 xDrive 45e and X6 xDrive 30d were also successful, winning Luxury SUV of the Year and Coupé SUV of the Year respectively. Impressed with the X5 for its hybrid credentials, Huntingford commented, “When choosing a plug-in hybrid, it goes without saying that you want economy and costeffectiveness, but if you don’t want to compromise on the finer things in life, the X5 xDrive45e is right up your street”.

    Huntingford also praised the BMW X6 for being class leading, writing “without the X6, it’s doubtful the coupé SUV class would even exist, and the latest version moves the game on again”.

    The honours continued with BMW securing nine Best Buy wins across its range of models, including Best Family Car Interior for the BMW 1 Series, Best Plug-in Hybrid to Drive for the BMW 330e and Best Estate Car to Drive for the BMW 3 Series Touring. The BMW 5 Series Touring was recognised as Best Estate Car Interior, BMW 4 Series took home Best Performance Car for Value and the BMW iX3, the brand’s first fully electric SUV, took home Best Large Electric SUV.

    Numerous BMW SAV models were also recognised, with the BMW X7 winning Best Luxury SUV for big families, Best Plug-in Hybrid interior for the BMW X5 and the X3 winning Best Sports SUV for families.

    The vision becomes reality, as the BMW Vision iNEXT becomes the BMW iX. A year before its market launch at the end of 2021, the BMW Group is providing a first look ahead to the future BMW iX, which is currently still in the series development phase. The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable future toolkit developed by the BMW Group; its focus is a fresh interpretation of design, sustainability, driving pleasure, versatility and luxury.

    Conceived from the outset for purely electric mobility, the iX sees BMW redefining the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. With its completely newly developed, precise and minimalist design, the BMW iX is the first representative of a trailblazing generation of cars poised to redefine the driving experience, the feeling of interior space and the relationship between a vehicle and those on board.

    The BMW iX harnesses the latest innovations in the fields of electrification, automated driving and connectivity to deliver a mobility experience which has a greater focus than ever on people. This is why the iX has been developed from the inside out, with a clear emphasis on quality of life and wellbeing for drivers and passengers. The clear and minimalist exterior design showcases a new form of mobility geared squarely to the needs of the vehicle’s occupants. Its interior offers those on board innovative options for using the time during a journey – and enjoying relaxation, safety, security, and a new form of luxury in the process.

    The BMW Group’s new technology flagship – courtesy of BMW i, the “workshop for the future”.

    The design and technology of the BMW iX form an overall package that lays the foundations for a new kind of driving experience. In so doing, it comprehensively embodies the character of the BMW i brand, whose mission is to transform personal mobility. BMW i plays a central role at the BMW Group as a “workshop for the future” and driver of innovation across the company.

    “The BMW Group is constantly striving to re-invent itself. That is a central element of our corporate strategy,” says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW iX expresses this approach in an extremely concentrated form.”

    The BMW iX, the BMW Group’s new technology flagship, will go into production at BMW Plant Dingolfing from the second half of 2021. It brings together the company’s latest developments in the strategically important fields of Design, Automated Driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services. Added to which, the vehicle concept and design of the BMW iX are rooted in an all-embracing approach to sustainability. This is reflected in areas of the car such as its optimised aerodynamics, intelligent lightweight design and extensive use of natural and recycled materials, which help to create a cutting-edge sense of luxury and comprehensive feeling of wellbeing on board.

    Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology delivers outstanding efficiency and long range.

    The fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology – which encompasses the two electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology and the high-voltage battery – guarantees exceptional efficiency. The power unit developed by the BMW Group is manufactured sustainably, without the use of critical raw materials known as rare earths and will, according to the most recent calculations, develop maximum output of more than 500 hp. That will be enough to power the BMW iX from 0 to 62 mph in under 5.0 seconds.

    A clear development aim was for the BMW iX to post an exceptionally low combined electric power consumption figure for its segment of less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle. A gross energy content of more than 100 kWh should enable the latest-generation high-voltage battery to record a range of over 600 kilometres in the WLTP cycle. That equates to more than 300 miles according to the EPA’s FTP-75 test procedure. (All figures relating to performance, energy consumption and range are provisional values based on the car’s current stage of development.)

    DC fast charging: over 75 miles of extra range in ten minutes.
    The new charging technology of the BMW iX enables DC fast charging at up to 200 kW.

    This means the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in under 40 minutes. Added to which, within ten minutes enough energy can be fed into the battery to increase the car’s range by more than 75 miles. It takes less than eleven hours to charge the high-voltage battery from 0 to 100 per cent at 11 kW from a Wallbox.

    The batteries fitted in the BMW iX are designed as part of a long-term resource cycle and enable an exceptionally high recycling rate. The power used to produce the battery cells and the high-voltage battery as a whole come exclusively from renewable sources.

    New technology toolkit underpins further advances towards automated driving.
    The new technology toolkit making its debut in the BMW iX also provides the platform for significant progress in the areas of automated driving and digital services. For example, the level of computing power has been developed to process 20 times the data volume of previous models. As a result, around double the amount of data from vehicle sensors can be processed than was previously possible.

    “We are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW iX. The iX has more computing power for data processing and more powerful sensor technology than the newest vehicles in our current line-up, is 5G-capable, will be given new and improved automated driving and parking functions and uses the high-performing fifth generation of our electric drive system,” says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

    Fresh design for a new driving experience.
    The BMW iX is leading the way for a future generation of cars with which the company is redefining sustainability, driving pleasure and what it means to be premium. This trailblazing character is clearly expressed in the car’s design. It provides the basis for a new kind of driving experience in which familiarity, relaxation and self-determination are the dominant themes.

    The exterior of the BMW iX represents a distinctive re-imagining of the powerful proportions of a large BMW SAV. The BMW iX is comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width, and is almost the same height as the BMW X6 on account of its flowing roofline. The size of its wheels, meanwhile, brings to mind the BMW X7.

    The minimalist use of character lines and generously shaped surfaces conjure a sense of supreme assurance. The crisp lines, clear structure and almost rectangular contours around the wheel arches contribute to an imposing body design. And the reduced design language steers the eye onto precisely constructed details which accentuate the sophisticated character, brand identity and optimised aerodynamics of the BMW iX.

    Front end: expressive, vertical kidney grille serves as an intelligence panel.
    At the front stands the prominent, vertically emphasised kidney grille. Since the electric drive system of the BMW iX requires only a small amount of cooling air, the kidney grille is completely blanked off. Its role has duly turned digital and it functions as an intelligence panel. Camera technology, radar functions and other sensors are integrated seamlessly into the grille behind a transparent surface.

    Developed and produced at the BMW Group’s lightweight design and technology centre (LuTZ) in Landshut, the kidney grille for the BMW iX presents a technologically lavish advertisement for intelligent mobility. The grille has reinvented itself as an innovative and multifunctional high-tech interface for the advanced driver assistance systems with which the BMW iX paves the way for automated driving.

    Clearly designed surfaces, discreetly integrated technology.
    The exterior design highlights of the BMW iX also include the slimmest headlight units ever to feature on a series-produced model from BMW, the flush-fitted door openers (operated at the press of a button), the frameless side windows, the tailgate – which has no separation joints and extends across the whole of the rear – and the likewise extremely slim rear lights.

    The BMW kidney grille is not the only example of how the principle of shy tech has been integrated into the design of the BMW iX: an array of other cameras and sensors are positioned discreetly, the door openers are flush, the windscreen washer-fluid cap is concealed under the BMW logo on the bonnet and the rear-view camera has been integrated into the BMW logo on the tailgate. In each case, the technology stays in the background and only becomes apparent as and when the relevant functions are called into action.

    “The BMW iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and emotionally engaging design. The car is technologically highly complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease and the car’s intelligence is always available without becoming obtrusive.”

    Interior design: people at centre stage.
    A high level of spaciousness, a mixture of high-quality materials, newly developed seats with integral head restraints and an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof immerse all five seats of the BMW iX cabin in a luxurious, lounge-like ambience. The all-new architecture of the BMW iX cabin underpins a perfectly clear and straightforward functionality that revolves entirely around the needs and emotions of the driver and their fellow occupants. The drive concept means there is no centre tunnel, adding to the open, airy feel while also allowing extra legroom in the front and rear, sufficient space for storage facilities, and a centre console crafted to look like a high-quality piece of furniture. The minimalistic design language and clearly structured surfaces shine an even brighter spotlight on the feeling of spaciousness inside the car.

    The displays and controls are all stripped down to the essentials, further reinforcing the impression of an uncluttered cabin offering a place of relaxation. Technology inside BMW iX is intelligent and only becomes visible when it is needed. This makes it intuitive to use rather than seeming overly complex. The interior design conveys a sense of safety and familiarity, engendering a new type of bond between occupants and vehicle. The shy tech approach for the interior can be seen in a number of features, including speakers integrated out of sight, intricately styled air vents, heated surfaces and the discreet recessing of the BMW Head-Up Display’s projector into the instrument panel so it is almost invisible. The hexagonally shaped steering wheel, a rocker switch for gear selection and the BMW Curved Display – which forms part of the next-generation BMW Operating System – clearly signal the futuristic form of driving pleasure on offer.

    Intelligent lightweight design and optimised aerodynamics increase range.

    The electric range of the new BMW iX benefits from the vehicle’s innovative lightweight design and optimised aerodynamics. Its body structure, featuring an aluminium spaceframe and innovative Carbon Cage, has an extremely high torsional stiffness which enhances agility and maximises occupant protection while minimising weight. The intelligent material mix, with a variety of materials employed exactly where their specific properties can be utilised to best effect, is unique in this segment. Combined, these elements ensure iX is remarkably composed and relaxing driving characteristics, while also providing an instant and precise response to every movement of the accelerator and turn of the steering wheel.

    Fully capitalising on the benefits of the all-electric drive system and meticulously implementing proven measures from the past in the front end of the car, the underbody section, the wheels and the rear end gives the BMW iX optimised aerodynamics which have a positive effect on both the performance and range of the purely electrically powered SAV. The BMW iX boasts outstanding aerodynamics for its class, with a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.