24 episodes

“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.
Subscribe to the BMW podcast series to find out about bathtubs in self driving cars, what a Beamer is, or why BMW designers are playing with clay. And in case you’ve been wondering if it’s legal to polish your BMW in your underwear – we have an episode that answers that as well.
All this and more in “Changing Lanes”, the official podcast of BMW. Hosted by Sara and Jonathan and featuring exciting guests - we are always authentic, but not always completely serious.
And in case you’re wondering: yes, it’s legal to wash your BMW with your underwear – just not in San Francisco.
Do you have any feedback or suggestions how to improve the podcast? We are excited to receive your feedback via changinglanes@bmw.com.

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    • Automotive
    • 3.2, 13 Ratings

“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.
Subscribe to the BMW podcast series to find out about bathtubs in self driving cars, what a Beamer is, or why BMW designers are playing with clay. And in case you’ve been wondering if it’s legal to polish your BMW in your underwear – we have an episode that answers that as well.
All this and more in “Changing Lanes”, the official podcast of BMW. Hosted by Sara and Jonathan and featuring exciting guests - we are always authentic, but not always completely serious.
And in case you’re wondering: yes, it’s legal to wash your BMW with your underwear – just not in San Francisco.
Do you have any feedback or suggestions how to improve the podcast? We are excited to receive your feedback via changinglanes@bmw.com.

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

    #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!

    1:14 Simracing during Corona

    2:55 Being a BMW works driver  

    3:40 Training and fitness as a race driver  

    6:04 Starting off in karting

    8:28 Being the only girl at the kart track

    9:30 Role models growing up

    10:20 Going professional

    11:08 Why there are so few women in racing

    12:40 Motivating more girls to try racing

    14:05 Competing with men on the track

    15:00 Formula W

    16:58 Gender stereotypes in motorsports

    19:10 Racing and winning with a broken back

    21:30 Future plans and dreams of Formula E

    If you want to read more about Beitske and the BMW Motorsport team, go to: 

    www.bmw-motorsport.com

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

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

    #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!

    We can promise you one thing: after listening to this episode you’ll never underappreciate your tires again!

    2:10 Do I need winter tires?

    5:25 When should I change tires?

    6:30 When do I need new tires?

    10:03 What types of tires are there?

    14:18 What is the correct air pressure?

    16:41 What is a tread pattern?

    17:33 What’s the correct way to store tires?

    18:30 What does tire balancing actually mean?

    19:34 What is hydroplaning and what can I do about it?

    And if you want to read more about tires and wheels, go to BMW.com: 

    https://www.bmw.com/en/automotive-life/wheels-and-tires.html

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

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

    #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.

    Reason enough for our podcast hosts Jonathan and Sara to dive into BMW history, talk to the BMW Group Classic Archive, and find out for our listeners. Click play to learn who created the famous trademarks, find out if they really originated in motorsports, and hear the curious story behind the color red in the BMW M logo!

    If you want to read and see more about BMW M history, go to BMW.com: 

    https://www.bmw.com/en/automotive-life/bmw-m-logo-and-colors.html 

    And if you‘re wondering what “BMW” actually stands for, make sure to give episode #010 a listen as well.

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

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

    #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. 

    Tune into this exciting episode, in which our podcast host Sara found out how sustainability and design are connected, what the dark side of the moon for products means, why sustainability is more than just not polluting the environment, and what office chairs and the seats in your BMW have in common. Oh, and if you were wondering what Dilbert comic strips and the reality of office space design have to do with each other... well, just hit play!

    00:50 Introduction of guests

    04:45 Definition of sustainability

    05:35 Hype or good business

    07:22 Circular economy

    09:45 Sustainability in the BMW i3

    11:43 Bonding of materials as a challenge

    16:58 The right material choice and the right price

    19:10 Appeal of recycled products for the customer

    23:47 Floor mats as an exemplary challenge in sustainable design

    27:10 Making sustainability visible in the BMW i3 and in general

    33:58 Acceptance of beauty marks and imperfections in materials

    39:52 Word association: sustainability heroes

    44:07 Word association: sustainability setback

    45:47 Word association: sustainability goal

    48:43 Upcoming projects

    53:05 Implementing sustainability in companies through design

    55:52 The future of sustainable product design

    If you want to read more about sustainability at BMW, go to: 

    https://www.bmwgroup.com/en/responsibility/sustainability-at-the-bmw-group.html

    And if you are interested about sustainability at Steelcase:

    https://www.steelcase.com/discover/steelcase/sustainability/

    • 59 min
    #019 The story of the Isetta | BMW Podcast

    #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.

    If you want to read more about Isetta history, go to BMW.com:

    https://www.bmw.com/en/automotive-life/history-BMW-isetta.html

    And if you’re looking for advice on how to buy a BMW Isetta click here:

    https://www.bmw.com/en/automotive-life/bmw-isetta-for-sale-tips.html

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

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

    #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.

    And if you want to read and see more about prototype camouflage and “Erlkönig” cars, go to BMW.com: 

    https://www.bmw.com/en/automotive-life/prototype-cars.html 

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

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

glennQNYC ,

Just lame

I really wish this podcast wasn’t such fake, scripted lameness. I guess I should have expected as much from a official manufacturer podcast. Immediately deleted.

WillyV603 ,

The hosts don’t know anything about cars. Reading off script.

I really wanted to like this series, but the sheer amount of word misuses really was angering as a car guy. They said “hp” and “nm” instead of horsepower and newton meters. They specified that a V10 has 10 cylinders, but not that a PHEV is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. And they called it an electric ENGINE!! It’s a MOTOR!!!! Obviously in unknowledgeable and reading off a script. Sorry guys, but you need to be better if you want me to keep listening.

ChanceDuncan ,

Missed potential, so far

Ugh, I really, and I mean *really*, wanted to like this podcast. A car make like BMW has such a rich and storied history. They have consistently set the bar for the ultimate driving machine year after year for decades. This podcast could be such an interesting exploration into the impact BMW has had on the automotive world and those of us who have fostered a love for the brand. I don’t mean to disparage the presenters, as I’m sure they’re doing their best by reading their scripts with as much....umm, would humanity, or humanness, be appropriate? (they sound like bots, or bad AI) Toss the papers aside and just be real. BMW deserves better than this.

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