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Source: BMW Group Munich. After almost ten years in the role of BMW Group Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt will take on a new role within the BMW Group: From November 1, 2020, Marquardt will head the pilot plant for the prototype construction of the BMW Group’s series models. Around 700 employees work there on up to six vehicle projects at the same time. At the interface between development and production, both the product and the manufacturing processes for series production are fully developed and then handed over to the series plants. Markus Flasch, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH, is taking over provisional management of BMW Group Motorsport. The works engagements in the FIA Formula E World Championship and in GT racing will be continued.
Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for development: “Since 2011 Jens Marquardt has been responsible for our motorsport activities. During this time we have achieved many great successes: the DTM titles in 2012, 2014 and 2016, various overall and class victories in endurance classics in Daytona, Spa and, most recently, in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. For this I would like to thank Jens Marquardt and his team very much. The management of the pilot plant for prototype construction is a neuralgic function in development. With the agile way of working and experience from motorsport, Jens Marquardt will set new accents here. “
Jens Marquardt, BMW Group Motorsport Director: “The past ten years will always be associated with emotional memories for me. I was able to experience all the ups and downs in motorsport together with an extraordinary team. The overall victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring was the crowning glory of this exciting time. I am very grateful to the BMW Group and the entire motorsport family for all of these memories. After 25 years in motorsport, I’m really looking forward to my new challenge. “
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