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The BMW Podcast | Changing Lanes

“Changing Lanes” is the official podcast of BMW. Featuring new episodes each week, in which our hosts take you on exciting journeys and talk about innovative technologies, lifestyle, design, cars and more.

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  • 11.08.2020
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    #023 Women in motorsports: BMW works driver Beitske Visser | BMW Podcast

    Why are there so few women in motorsports? To find out we talked to Beitske Visser, Dutch racing driver and BMW works driver (GT3, GT4, Formula W). We discussed Formula W,  how she got where she is, what her experience in this male-dominated sport is like, and what needs to change to empower women in racing. But our host Sara also talked with Beitske about her interest in Formula E, how she’s handling Corona, and how she once won a race with a broken back. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed our interview!

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  • 04.08.2020
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    #022 The most underrated part of any car: Tires | BMW Podcast

    Tires and wheels: we here at the BMW podcast feel they’re underappreciated und underrated. But when it comes to performance and security, few parts of your car can make such a big difference. Which is why we want to dedicate this episode of “Changing Lanes” to your car’s tires, and dive into all the relevant topics and the most asked questions surrounding wheels. For example: the difference between summer tires and winter tires, and why you should switch tires and when. Hydroplaning and how to avoid it. The right tread depth… And so much more!

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  • 28.07.2020
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    #021 The story of the M colors and logo | BMW Podcast

    Every petrolhead knows the three stripes and the logo of BMW M. But few know the meaning and origin of the BMW M colors and the iconic logo with the slanted M.

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  • 21.07.2020
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    #020 Sustainability: hype or real deal? | BMW Podcast

    Just a marketing buzzword, or a real chance for companies like BMW? To find out, we invited two guests to our podcast to discuss sustainability: Daniela Bohlinger from BMW, and Michael Held from Steelcase, one of the world's largest and most innovative furniture companies. Both are working towards more sustainability, especially in terms of design and materials used for products. 

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  • 15.07.2020
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    #019 The story of the Isetta | BMW Podcast

    The BMW Isetta is an icon of automotive and BMW history — even if it’s not your typical BMW. Join us in this episode to discover the history of the Isetta: Where its name comes from. How the iconic bubble car is related to a refrigerator. What this small vintage car has to do with escaping East Germany and so much more. Our podcast hosts Sara and Jonathan did some research and dove into the depths of the BMW Group Classic archive. Listen to this episode of “Changing Lanes” to find the answers and hear what they found out, in our fascinating history of this classic BMW.

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  • 07.07.2020
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    #018 Why prototype camouflage looks the way it does | BMW Podcast

    When a new prototype BMW heads onto the road for testing (or any brand’s test mules for that matter) it’s usually covered in a dazzle camouflage. Most likely anybody that has seen the dazzle camouflage in spy shots or in real life has wondered why it looks the way it does. Well in this episode of “Changing Lanes”, Sara and Jonathan explain why the patterns look the way they do, where they have their surprising origins, and also explain the term “Erlkönig”, used in Germany to describe covered test mules.

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  • 30.06.2020
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    #017 Hydrogen fuel cell cars: All you need to know | BMW Podcast

    Lots of experts are sure that hydrogen fuel cell cars are the future, and that it won’t be long before hydrogen-powered cars will be all the rage. In this episode, Sara and Jonathan are here to make sure that once everybody is fuel cell vehicles, you’ll be ready to join the discussion. Our hosts explain how a hydrogen engine works, dive into the pros and cons of fuel cell technology, and also take a look into the future of hydrogen engines. All this and more in this episode of “Changing Lanes” - so hit play to become a hydrogen car expert.

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  • 25.06.2020
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    #016 The secret behind our favorite places | BMW Podcast

    Everyone has a favorite place – a place for hygge and coziness. For our hosts Sara and Jonathan it’s of course the recording booth in which they recorded this BMW Podcast episode of “Changing Lanes”. For everyone else it’s the couch at home, a café, or for some even the cockpit of their BMW. But we wanted to find out what makes these spots our favorite places, what makes them hygge and comfortable. Is it design? Feng-shui? Come with us on a sensory search for clues about the magic of feel-good locations.

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  • 16.06.2020
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    #015 The best BMW engines of all times - a (subjective) list | BMW Podcast

    We set out to find the best BMW engine of all time. In this episode of “Changing Lanes”, the official podcast of BMW, we’re about to end the eternal debate among petrolheads and BMW fans, and finally declare the greatest BMW engine of all time. Well, not really, as it’s nearly impossible to pick an engine from over 100 years of engine history at BMW. V12, V8 or straight-six; turbo or naturally aspirated; petrol or diesel engine... the options are seemingly endless. And what about electric engines and hybrids?

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  • 09.06.2020
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    #014 Electric car, hybrid and co. explained | BMW Podcast

    In this BMW podcast episode we explain the differences between Plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid, fully electric cars and many more. We know it’s difficult to keep track of all the technologies when it comes to e-mobility. That’s why we use this episode of “Changing Lanes” to explain what kinds of EVs exist, from PHEV all the way to fuel cell vehicles. So get ready to learn the main differences in charging, engine configuration and daily usage – so if you want to be up to date on how electric cars work, listen to our BMW podcast episode.

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  • 02.06.2020
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    #013 The history of the BMW 3 Series | BMW Podcast

    Few car models have such a long and rich history as the iconic BMW 3 Series: spanning 7 generations and going all the way back to 1975, when the first one hit the market as a sedan and convertible. Many variants and developments were to follow through the years, the legendary E30, the game-changing E36… But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Hit play and listen to Sara and Jonathan recount the history of the BMW 3 Series generations in this episode of “Changing Lanes”! 

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  • 26.05.2020
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    #012 How to stay awake while driving | BMW Podcast

    Everybody that’s driven long distances in a car has wondered how to stay awake while driving – so Sara and Jonathan are here to help and give some answers in this podcast episode. Falling asleep or even drowsy driving are real dangers, so pay close attention as they explain what really works, what’s just a short-term solution, or even a myth. Get ready for tips and advice that should help you stay awake and alert behind the wheel!

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  • 19.05.2020
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    #011 5 trends in urban mobility | BMW Podcast

    Wondering about what the future of urban mobility looks like has come to an end. For this podcast episode, Sara and Jonathan did some research on mobility trends and exciting developments specifically in urban mobility. The result: a fascinating overview of 5 interesting trends featuring e-vehicles, mobility on demand, autonomous driving, and more. Sounds good? Click play and get ready to charge into the future!

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  • 12.05.2020
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    #010 The origin of the BMW name and the nickname "Bimmer" | BMW Podcast

    The BMW name is strongly associated with driving pleasure. “Bimmer,” “beamer” and “beemer” are all common nicknames for BMW vehicles.In this podcast episode, Sara and Jonathan dive into the BMW brand’s long history to find out what BMW actually stands for and explain the meaning behind the acronym. And while they’re at it, they also explain the meaning and history of the BMW nicknames. Bimmer, Beamer, Beemer... you’re about to find out their origins and meanings.

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  • 05.05.2020
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    #009 Creator Talk: Wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann | BMW Podcast

    Peter is a professional wingsuit pilot, base jumper and stuntman - and our guest in this live podcast, presented by the BMW podcast “Changing Lanes”.

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  • 28.04.2020
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    #008 Creator Talk: Yoga teacher Sinah Diepold | BMW Podcast

    Sinah Diepold is a yoga teacher, author, model, and all around shining spirit - and our guest in this live podcast, presented by “Changing Lanes”, the BMW podcast. 

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  • 21.04.2020
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    #007 Creator Talk: Singer-songwriter Tim Schou | BMW Podcast

    Tim Schou is our guest in this live podcast, originally shown live on YouTube and Facebook. Tim is a successful singer-songwriter from Denmark but his lifestyle is far from standard for music stars. He has given up on some of the comforts of a normal life for the sake of his music. He is usually on the move while crashing on people’s couches and even a mall has been the solution at times. Jonathan talked to him about his lifestyle, his music and how to stay optimistic in these difficult times.

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  • 14.04.2020
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    #006 Creator Talk: Racer and paracyclist Alex Zanardi | BMW Podcast

    Alex Zanardi is our guest in our first ever live podcast, originally shown live on YouTube and Facebook. Alex is a race winner, CART Champion, F1 driver, Olympic Gold Winner, World Champion in Para-Cycling – and he is still adding to that list! Jonathan talked to him about motivation, race wins and how to stay active in these difficult times.

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  • 07.04.2020
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    #005 The ultimate bucket list for car enthusiasts | BMW Podcast

    Almost everybody has a bucket list with things they want to do at least once in their lives. But most are rather tame: learn a new language, plant a tree… Too little adrenaline for true petrolheads. That’s why Sara and Jonathan came up with their own (highly subjective) bucket list for all car fans and petrolheads out there. Check it out in this podcast episode!

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  • 31.03.2020
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    #004 Autonomous Driving Expert Talk | BMW Podcast

    On this episode Jonathan sat down with two autonomous driving experts: Professor Nico Larco from the University of Oregon, and Armin Gräter from the BMW Autonomous Driving Campus. We discussed common misconceptions, opportunities, a look into the future, 100-year old grandmothers, and many more exciting aspects of self-driving cars.

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  • 24.03.2020
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    #003 Car design in 7 steps | BMW Podcast

    Few things are as top secret as a car’s new design. But Sara and Jonathan got the exclusive chance to look behind the scenes of how a new car is designed, talk to one of the designers, and now present to you the 7 stages of the design process at BMW. So get ready to find out what tape and clay have to do with why a car looks the way it does!

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  • 17.03.2020
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    #002 The 5 levels of autonomous driving

    Everybody seems to be talking about autonomous cars as the next big thing, but what exactly is it? And what are those 5 levels everybody is talking about? In this episode Sara and Jonathan break down the topic of autonomous driving, and explain everything you need to know to join the conversation!

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  • 17.03.2020
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    #001 Absurd traffic laws around the world

    Being a lawful driver on the streets is usually a good thing, but what happens if the traffic laws are so absurd that one really wonders what the point is? For this episode Sara and Jonathan collected 9 of the weirdest, craziest, and at times even dumbest traffic laws from around the world - so prepare to get absurd!

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  • 09.03.2020
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    #000 Changing Lanes - Trailer

    A bathtub in a self driving car? What the heck is a Beamer? Why are BMW designers playing with clay? And are you allowed to polish your car with your underwear?

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