Creating The Ultimate Driving Machine doesn’t come easy. It takes, among many other things, a lot of testing. And that’s exactly what the new BMW 3 Series Saloon endured before being ready for the public. From ice-covered roads to mountain passes, discover what it takes to wear the BMW badge.
Everyday driving in Arieplog
The abundance of frozen surfaces and ice make Lake Kakel and the ‘Mellanström-Runde’ in Arieplog, Sweden, perfect for testing the DSC stability system. The aim is to mirror and improve day-to-day driving.
Heating things up in Death Valley
In temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius in the shade and 60 degrees inside, the BMW 3 Series Saloon endures multi-day tests. Everything has to work, regardless of temperature fluctuation. These conditions are also ideal for testing the car's doors, bonnet and caps for keeping out dust.
Electric Hoover Test
From the digital instrument cluster to the tyre pressure indicator – the new BMW 3 Series Saloon is tested extensively by the electricity pylons on the banks of Lake Mead, near Hoover Dam. The electromagnetic rays emitted by the hydroelectric plant test the functional reliability of the systems on board.
The wind tunnel test
The new BMW 3 Series Saloon brought its drag coefficient down to 0.23. thanks to BMW Group’s Aerodynamic Test Centre. This facility is able to test vehicles using precise reproduction of real-life airflow conditions on the road.
Multi-testing in Miramas
Used by BMW for the development and testing of new models for over 30 years, Miramas features a wide selection of tests: it has a long asphalt oval, a motorway “ring” for high-speed testing, a slalom with sharp twisting turns, plus several handling courses and circuits with surfaces of every kind.
The legendary Nürburgring
The acid test for driving dynamics remains at the legendary venue in Germany’s Eifel mountains, where precise tuning of all powertrain and chassis systems is carried out. If a car gets the green light from BMW test engineers at the Nordschleife, you can be confident it will provide driving pleasure in everyday conditions throughout its lifetime.
Developing Dynamics in Aschheim
The proving grounds at Aschheim, Germany, are dedicated to nothing but pure dynamic testing. It was here, at an early stage of the development process, where the first steps were taken in imbuing the new BMW 3 Series Saloon with its impressive dynamic potential.