Side by side at the 24 hours.

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Full support for the marathon.

The BMW Motorsport partners for endurance racing.

When it comes to marathon races like the Nürburgring 24 Hours, it's all about stamina, determination and team spirit. That's why BMW Motorsport counts on some reliable partners in this discipline.

Premium Technology Partner: Shell

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About Shell Lubricants

The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula.  We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.

We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range.  These include: Shell LubeMatch – the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure.

Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers.  Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in China, Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), and the USA.  We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development.

Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. Shell scientists will also work alongside BMW Motorsport engineers to develop high-performance oils for use in BMW Motorsport race cars. This development will be on-going during testing and the course of each respective race season. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products. When BMW Motorsport races in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 2016, it will be joined by Shell as its new Premium Technology Partner. From 2015, Shell is also the only recommended supplier of genuine BMW engine oil and BMW’s only recommended oil supplier for aftermarket engine oils.

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges.  Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit


Official Partner: Alzner Automotive GmbH

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Alzner Automotive was founded in 2004 and, after progressing towards the top of the industry ever since, now has around 160 employees. The company works in a variety of areas from prototypes to series production. It works with a wide range of materials and sheet thicknesses from 0.1 to 8 millimetres, including steel, aluminium, stainless steel, spring steel and copper. In the automotive sector, the profile includes many types of sheet metal parts, services from shell construction to final assembly as well as the production of components for energy storage.

The company also has customers in other industries, such as gastronomy, medicine or furniture construction. These require the use of modern technology, including punching presses with a press force of up to 400 tonnes, as well as precise 2D and 3D laser technology.

Official Partner: CATL

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CATL is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of energy storage systems. The Chinese company was founded in 2011 in Ningde. For its worldwide customers CATL develops and distributes high-power lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles and electric buses, as well as complete solutions for energy storage systems. Based on the very latest materials, the batteries and systems guarantee maximum safety, reliability, quality and charging efficiency. CATL’s goal is to develop advanced concepts and technologies, with which it is possible to advance the green energy revolution.

Official Partner: Randstad

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With an average 68,000 employees, 500 branches in about 300 cities, and a turnover of approximately 1.96 billion Euros (2011), the Randstad Group is the leading personnel service provider in Germany. Randstad provides companies in various industries with comprehensive personnel service concepts. As well as the classic temporary work, Randstad's portfolio also includes Professional Services, Recruitment, HR Solutions and Inhouse Services divisions. Randstad has been active in Germany for over 40 years and belongs to the Dutch Randstad Holding nv: with a total turnover of around 16.2 billion Euros (2011), about 576,800 employees in daily work, and 4,700 branches in over 40 countries, Randstad is one of the largest personnel service providers in the world.

Official Supplier: Michelin

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Michelin has been involved in motorsport for more than 100 years as the leading tire manufacturer worldwide. Recently, for instance, the French company revolutionized Endurance racing worldwide by reducing dramatically the quantity of tires used during the events, while increasing the performance at the same time. Thanks to a continuous knowledge transfer between series production and motorsport, both areas have been supporting each other successfully for years. The brand with the Michelin Man has been a reliable racing sports partner of BMW for years.