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Where do racing drivers like Alex Zanardi get their motivation? Who is behind BMW i? And what does an expert have to say about sustainability at BMW? Exciting stories about creative minds, experts, courageous people, pioneers, and adrenaline junkies.

12 January 2022

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#74 The BMW Vision i Circular: four perspectives – one common goal

The BMW i Vision Circular is more than just one of the five concept cars BMW presented at last year’s IAA in Munich: It is a work of art both inside and out. A number of creative minds at BMW pooled their expertise, passion and creativity to bring about this masterpiece. They have created the BMW i Vision Circular – the automobile of the future. Today, we want to learn all there is to know about this vehicle. We invited these creative minds to come along, and the result was a kind of panel talk.  This episode of Changing Lanes will be new, special, and like no other. Our host Jonathan has not one, not two, but four guests. In this episode, we talk to Kai Langer, Head of BMW i Design; Daniela Bohlinger, Head of Sustainability Design; Dirk Müller Stolz, Head of BMW i Exterior Design; and Matthias Junghanns, Head of BMW i Interior Design. They give us an insight into what a sustainable future could look like at and for BMW, and what they find most exciting about the BMW i Vision Circular. This is an automobile created out of true teamwork. Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind episode of Changing Lanes?

#72 The future is now: Interview with Ilka Horstmeier and Kate Robertson

Ready for an episode that will fill you with courage and energy? Then you’re in the right place! These two women have confidence in the future: Ilka Horstmeier – Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Human Resources, and Labour Relations Director – and Kate Robertson, Co-Founder of One Young World. Our host Nicki met with these inspiring change-makers in London and talked with them about their collaboration. If you’re wondering what you can expect, let us assure you: It’s a lot! A variety of topics are covered, including role models, the future of young managers, sustainability, social responsibility, and the art of lifelong learning. Prepare to be inspired by Ilka Horstmeier and Kate Robertson.

#70 The world through a lens: Interview with photographer Steve McCurry

As with so many discoveries, it all started with a trip: a backpacking trip—through India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since then, photographer Steve McCurry has been portraying and documenting life on our planet. His art is both fascinating and touching. The most diverse countries of this world have already passed in front of his lens. He has received countless prizes and awards for his work in recent years, but all beginnings are a struggle. He talks to Jonathan about long nights in the darkroom, the magic of finding the right subject, the highlights of his job and a special trip with BMW through Scotland. Look forward to a conversation with perhaps the most important visual storyteller of our time. Come and see for yourself! 

#065 Kitesurfer Roderick Pijls, the iX3 and a sustainability mission

Swim, surf or kite along as we join professional kitesurfer Roderick Pijls on a journey of discovery through his career and over our seas. Because one thing’s for sure: You’ll find this man in the water more often than out of it. Kitesurfing is so much more to Roderick than his job and hobby, though. He wants to use his sport to draw attention to nature's beauty and vulnerability. He puts himself in unbelievable situations to do this, kiting over poisonous lakes or inside a volcano. Jonathan Tilley talks to Roderick about his special relationship with the sea, his sustainability mission, and the similarities between kitesurfing and driving an electric vehicle. Treat yourself to a fresh sea breeze with this episode. 

#062 How to make a BMW i recognisable

He started off designing record covers … today it’s cars. That’s Kai Langer’s versatile career in a nutshell. He has been Head of BMW i Design since July 2019 and is shaping the BMW of the future. In this episode, he tells Nicki about the features that make a BMW i so special, what sustainability without sacrifice really means and why the perfect design of an electric car starts with its sound. Hear it for yourself and get inspired.

#057 BMW design elements explained – by a BMW designer

If your heart beats faster as soon as you hear the words “Hofmeister kink”, and you think of cars when you hear “kidneys”, this is the episode for you. In an exclusive interview with designer Christopher Weil, Head of Exterior Design at BMW, you'll learn even more about typical BMW design elements and how they are used in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé. Together with Christopher our host Jonathan takes a closer look at the classic design elements of BMW and talks about their evolution.

Live Podcasts

#009 Creator Talk: Wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann

Peter Salzmann is a professional wingsuit pilot, base jumper and stuntman -  and our guest in this live podcast, originally shown live on YouTube and Facebook.
From jumping on mattresses off his parents’ balcony, to turning pro: Jonathan talks to Peter about what led him to take to the sky, what people always get wrong about wingsuit flying, where maths and physics come into play, and how he stays in shape while not being able to fly, due to the lockdown in his native Austria.

#008 Creator Talk: Yoga teacher Sinah Diepold

Sinah Diepold is a yoga teacher, author, model, and all around shining spirit -  and our guest in this live podcast, originally shown live on YouTube and Facebook.
Sinah’s way to becoming a yoga expert wasn’t always straightforward, but sometimes things happen in life and turn out right. Jonathan talked to her about her life, her career and what we can all do to keep our balance in these difficult times of the pandemic.

#007 Creator Talk: Singer-songwriter Tim Schou

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 of the pandemic.

#006 Creator Talk: Racer and paracyclist Alex Zanardi

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 of the pandemic.