BMW is ranked the second most valuable car brand in the world. The ranking of the brand makes the blue and white roundel quite alluring. BMW shows its hard work which is spread across 100 years of existence. When the brand hit century last year, many people turned their attention towards it.
The following are some of the things you did not know about BMW:
Nurburgring test centre:
The BMW Nurburgring test centre is located in Nordschleife. In this centre, most of the BMWs are tested. The Nurburgring test centre was initially an old premise of the BMW-Martini dealership back in the 1960s. The company had bought the place in the year 1991 and refurbished it in the year 2004. Dirk Haecker, the vice president of engineering of the company, says that BMW was first to test cars in Nordschleife. The test centre is the only centre that is located in an ancient town.
The demand for aircraft engines was quite high in the world war one, at that time Rapp Motor had combined with Austro-Hungary and Prussia and produced some V12 aircraft engines. Since Rapp Motoren Werke had some problems with the fidelity of the aircraft engines they started to buy four-cylinder aircraft engines which were water-cooled from a factory named Gustav Otto. Later the Gustav Otto Flugmaschinefabrik had joined along with ‘Rapp-Motorenwerke’ and formed the company ‘Bayerische Flugzeug-Werke’ (BFW), that is, Bavarian Aircraft Works.
Logo Design of BMW:
The logo of the company is made out of blue and white colours, and the national state of Bavaria also contains the same colours. How the company did not intend it to be in that way, and it was just a coincidence that both the flag and the logo of the company have the same design. The logo of BMW is said to represent a propeller and was used in the year 1929 by the marketing team.
BMW Owns Mini and Rolls Royce:
Most of the automotive giants have subsidiary companies, and BMW also has such companies. A huge company shows its dominance by having many subsidiaries under them. BMW also has a few subsidiaries and shows that it is a huge company. One of the most famous subsidiary company of BMW is the Rolls Royce and Mini. In the year 1994 BMW acquired Mini, and in the year 2002, it acquired Rolls Royce, and BMW established itself a global automotive giant.
The fastest motorcycle world record went to BMW in the year 1937:
The motorcycle was supercharged and aerodynamically slick. Back in 1937, the motorcycle was capable of doing 173.7mph.
BMW would have become Mercedes:
The company was on the verge of bankruptcy in the year 1959, and Mercedes was planning to take over the company, but in the end, BMW managed to revive itself back with the help of some minor shareholders.