For more than 50 years, BMW has been closely linked with the world of motor racing. In many series, held on all the continents of our planet, racing drivers have proven in cars and on motorbikes made by BMW that the connection of BMW and motor racing is both a successful and natural one. Since the early days of the company’s existence, the use of innovative technology has been part of the self-conception of BMW. The record books are filled with countless motor racing successes gained in Formula One, touring car racing, sports car racing and motorbike racing. Formula One in particular underlines the technological and sporting core competence of the BMW brand. The in-house design and construction of the engine represents the basis for the two-way technology transfer between Formula One and the production lines. The World Championship title secured by Nelson Piquet back in 1983, just one year after the start of BMW’s involvement, represents an impressive reference for the engine competence of BMW. When BMW made its Formula One comeback in 2000, after a twelve-year break, the Bavarian brand succeeded in opening a new chapter in motor racing history, together with its partner, WilliamsF1. At the first attempt, the team finished third in the Constructors’ Championship, thus making the most successful Formula One debut of an engine manufacturer in 33 years. From 2006, BMW will strike a new path in the pinnacle of motor racing. Following the purchase of the majority share of the Swiss Team Sauber, a BMW controlled team will contest the Formula One World Championship, from next year. Hence, BMW will be responsible for the entire package with all its components such as chassis, tyres and drivers. It will be the first time in the company’s history that BMW is going to take its Formula One involvement completely in its own hands. In the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), drivers from twelve nations are battling it out for the World Championship title. In 2005, the FIA WTCC emanated from the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) that has been held since 2001. In this series, BMW succeeded in securing the manufacturers title for the past two years. The Formula BMW represents the leading global category for single-seater racing newcomers. Here, young guns from 15 years of age are provided with the opportunity of contesting automobile races with the state-of-the-art control FB02 car. Part of the series is an extensive coaching and education programme and the support of promising young drivers. The most prominent graduates of this talent factory are the current Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien. The 24-hour races were originally supposed to be endurance competitions, offering the manufacturers the chance of proving the reliability and technical developments on their cars. For BMW, the past two Nürburgring 24-Hour races turned out to be a true blessing as the works squad succeeded in securing one-two finishes on both occasions. The brand-new ‘BMW Motorrad Power Cup’ represents the spectacular highlight of the support programme of seven of the 2005 MotoGP season’s race weekends. No matter if at traditional circuits such as Assen or the Sachsenring or state-of-the-art venues such as Brno or Valencia: the most powerful ‘Naked Bike’ successfully conquered the world of motor racing.