HARMAN Opens New Facility Focused on Automotive Software Development in Poland

Signs Agreements with Top Polish Universities to Nurture and Hire Engineering Talent

STAMFORD, CT – November 8, 2018 – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that the company has opened a new office facility in Łódź, Poland to accommodate its growing talent in the country.

HARMAN new office, located at ul. Ogrodowa 8, offers an open, collaborative, and superior work environment for the company’s current and future staff. The facility has several progressive design elements that will enhance employee collaboration across teams. The new office will be home to over 350 engineers developing advanced automotive solutions including the company’s summit car audio platform, HARMAN’s award-winning Ignite platform, HARMAN OTA software management and maps services.
The company has also signed separate agreements with two of the top Universities of Poland – University of Lodz/ Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics and Lodz University of Technology/Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering, to collaborate towards developing the finest IT talent in the country.

As part of the agreement, HARMAN will work with both these universities to undertake joint research projects, develop academic research papers, and advance academic education in the domain of software engineering for embedded systems. HARMAN will also actively hire both interns and permanent employees from these universities and enhance the overall engineering talent pool in the country.

“As we seek to further our culture of innovation within HARMAN and key growth sectors, we are proud to be expanding our operations in an engineering hotbed like Poland,” said Sanjay Dhawan, President – Connected Services and CTO, HARMAN. “HARMAN has been growing quickly in Poland, tripling its number of employees within the past two years, and we expect this new environment, along with the support of top academia, to support further strategic initiatives in the future.”

Recruitment for new projects is ongoing, and the company is seeking Eastern European engineering talent to join its team, in Łódź, and assist in bringing further innovation to the connected car market.

HARMAN is a leader in the automotive infotainment industry, filing more than 7,000 patents and receiving approximately 60 design awards related to audio systems.

‘Bit of a Do’ rounds off Daisy Sadler’s fundraising tour

Daisy Sadler’s epic efforts to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity will conclude with a picnic party and dance at Broughton Sports and Social Club on the 17th November.  After her 1,000 mile trip from Tadmarton to Edinburgh and back in her waggon, Daisy and friends are hosting an event to round off the fundraising that has topped £23,400 with the aim to reach £25,000.

Individual tickets at £10 per head as well as tables for either six, eight or ten are still available for the relaxed evening that will feature the Blue Ice Disco and a cash bar. Guests just need to bring their own food or order a takeaway to be delivered there and if they wish, can decorate their tables in their own style. “We’re hoping for up to 100 people and have already sold over 60 tickets,” says Daisy Sadler. “It’s all to support the Imogen Whitby fund to do more research into brain tumours.” All bookings and further details are available from Gill Judd who can be contacted on [email protected]. Donations can still be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sydsplodsgoesnorth

Falken backs Jake Archer’s return to Gymkhana GRiD

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‘The Wrecking Ball’ will use Falken’s FK510 tyres for 2018 event in Johannesburg, South Africa

Falken will supply tyres to Jake ‘The Wrecking Ball’ Archer for his return to the Gymkhana GRiD in South Africa on 1 December 2018. Archer, who has finished on the podium at the Gymkhana GRiD world finals four times, will compete in a 260hp Subaru Impreza against an impressive list of drivers. This includes FIA World Rallycross and FIA World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, current World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, and rally ace and internet star Ken Block.

Following its debut at the X Games in Los Angeles in 2013, Gymkhana GRiD has attracted a growing number of star drivers from drifting, rallycross and rallying. Competitors in AWD and RWD classes go head-to-head around a tight course that features obstacles, cones and barrels. With the aim of making the least number of mistakes as possible, drivers perform a sequence of manoeuvres, spins and figure of eights with the slowest competitor eliminated each time.

Archer has selected Falken’s flagship FK510 pattern to provide the grip and control required to get around the obstacles as well as the ability to accelerate and stop in the shortest distances.

“It’s mega to work with Falken at this year’s event,” says Jake Archer, who is based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. “The competition has improved massively with some of the best names in rallycross and drifting taking part. I’m looking forward to showing these guys what Falken and I can achieve.”

The finals take place on 1 December with all the action available on Gymkhana GRiD’s social channels.

We are recruiting!

PR account executive / Senior PR account executive – Elan PR (Full Time)

Elan PR Limited, based in Shutford near Banbury, is looking to recruit a full-time public relations (PR) account executive or senior account executive. We are a small but growing agency devoted to providing communications and media relations support to specialists in the automotive, classic car and motorsport sectors.

The successful candidate will support the team with the day-to-day operations across our varied client accounts, assisting in a range of research, writing, media monitoring and reporting tasks. Regular responsibilities include developing and distributing press materials, managing media databases, as well as creating and implementing social media strategies and content. Pitching to media and liaising with journalists will be key for more experienced recruits or as experience in the role grows.

As part of a small, hands-on team, there’s huge potential for a self-starter to grow responsibilities and experience within this role.

A relevant undergraduate degree in PR, English or journalism is desirable, as is a passion for motorsport and the automotive sector.

Skills required:

  • First-rate written and spoken English is essential
  • Excellent copywriting skills with a strong grasp of grammar and proof-reading in order to draft press releases and articles. You will be asked to show examples of your written work
  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively over the phone, email and in person, with clients, the media and internally
  • Comfortable to work in a small team, but also able to work independently
  • Good organisational skills in order to manage a number of ongoing account tasks and ad-hoc projects simultaneously
  • Display creativity in finding opportunities for clients
  • Passion, initiative, tenacity
  • Journalist contacts and at least a year’s agency experience would be beneficial

Daily activities:

  • Researching, writing, editing copy, press releases, case studies and articles
  • Developing and executing social media content
  • Monitoring and reporting on media coverage for clients
  • Maintaining accurate media distribution lists
  • Meeting and corresponding with clients
  • Brainstorming new PR and social media ideas

Working hours are from 9-5.30, though flexibility is a must. Work is mainly office-based, but there will be some travelling to meet clients and attend events. Remuneration depending on experience.

Please send your CV with covering letter to [email protected].

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Callum Ilott returns to Macau with Carlin for F3 World Cup assault

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‘Unfinished business’ sees Ferrari Academy Driver heading to Macau GP

GP3 front-runner Callum Ilott will be reunited with Carlin for a return to F3 at the Macau Grand Prix next month. The 2017 Qualification Race winner, who hasn’t driven in the F3 category since last year’s event, will race with the team that he made his Macau debut with back in 2015.

After challenging for the GP3 title through the year, the attraction of the unpredictable street circuit saw Ilott accept the chance to return for the 65th running of the event. “The real appeal is the challenge of the track – I just love it.  It’s given me some highs and lows over the last three years;  I’ve kissed the trophies and the walls and I am still coming back again,” says Ilott. “It’s unique; it can be rewarding, frustrating and even cruel but when it all comes together, a decent lap around there is like nothing else.”

After a podium in 2016 and winning with an eight second lead on Saturday in 2017, the Ferrari Academy Driver says he feels the need to return to the former Portuguese enclave. “To have led that Saturday race last year and gapped it, and then not have the closure of the win on Sunday last year is most definitely unfinished business for me.  It’s one of those races that’s now a personal target to win. I know Trevor and the Carlin team well from 2015 and they also came close to winning in the crazy race last November. This could be the last year that the current generation of F3 cars compete at Macau so it would be special to get the result together, a team I started in F3 with. I’m sure we can be right in the mix.”

“We are pleased to welcome Callum back to the team who we last worked with in 2015,” says Trevor Carlin. “He competed with us in FIA F3 so has great experience in the car and took pole position at the event last year – it’s definitely somewhere that he’s got good pace and a score to settle.”

The Macau GP will take place from the 14th to the 18th November ahead of Ilott’s final GP3 race in Abu Dhabi one week later. “The F3 Dallara is a car that’s been such a big part of my racing career,” adds Ilott. “It’s an unpredictable event, anything can happen, but winning at Macau would be a nice way to sign off my time with that car.”

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HARMAN Opens First Experience Store in Europe, Creating a Unique Space Where Speed Meets Sound

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The company’s first European flagship store offers visitors a glimpse into the world of HARMAN and its multiple award-winning audio brands

MUNICH, Germany – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced the opening of its first Experience Store in Europe. Located at Sendlinger Straße 46, in the heart of Munich’s popular central retail shopping district, the new location is designed to serve as a showcase for HARMAN’s award-winning audio solutions across all consumer and automotive categories. It highlights how the company’s heritage of craftsmanship merges with innovation and cutting edge technology in both the store design and the products on display. 

“Our first HARMAN store in Europe transcends simple retail to a memorable visual and auditory experience centre.  It is a dynamic showcase for our family of brands including JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG, and it will feature select cars from our automaker partners that include our in-dash technologies and sound systems. The store will truly be a place where speed meets sound, combining our automotive audio and consumer audio heritage in one place. Through it, we will continue to transform how consumers interact with our audio products and brands,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN.

“HARMAN is a house of world-renowned audio brands, and this new space is in many ways a manifestation of that house. Flagship stores tell our story and enable us to take centre stage to connect directly with consumers. This is an important step in the development and growth of our brands across Europe and we are delighted to welcome consumers to our Munich Experience Store,” said Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer at HARMAN.

A dynamic showcase

The space is designed to be entirely transformed for various events including lectures, small concerts, parties, etc. – fixtures can be moved, digital displays can be taken over, colour-changing LEDs in the ceiling can wash the space in colours to adapt to every need and mood.

It will feature award-winning consumer products from JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG including headphones, portable speakers, soundbars, voice controlled speakers and much more. HARMAN’s automotive audio business will also feature in the store with a rotating selection of vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems from its portfolio of automotive audio brands including Harman Kardon, JBL, Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins. 

Pushing the experiential dimension even further, the Munich Experience Store will enable customers to interact not only with HARMAN’s products, but also with regular musical events, celebrity appearances and car launches in collaboration with automakers, amongst the activities. An additional Luxury Audio Studio is also set to open in an adjacent space later this year. In the Luxury Audio Studio, audio enthusiasts will be able to enjoy and explore products from HARMAN’s exclusive luxury brands like Lexicon, Mark Levinson, and Revel plus it will include a deluxe cinema featuring Dolby Atmos.

A design showstopper

The first of its kind in Europe, the Experience Store in Munich is intended to bring together speed and sound in a unique way. Across a 33.5-metre glass façade lies a modern, dynamic environment that pays homage to Germany’s rich automotive culture and legendary precision. Gensler Architects, whose portfolio includes Facebook’s California headquarters, Cadillac House in New York, and the stunning Shanghai Tower, designed the interior as the visualisation of a sound wave that guides consumers from the front to the back of the store, offering a cadenced retail experience that revolves around the visualisation and emotion of a sound wave articulated through both form and light.

A fitting location

Since opening its first flagship store in Shanghai in 2010, HARMAN has added such cosmopolitan locations as Tokyo and New York City. With its deep automotive roots, Munich was a natural choice for the first European Experience Store. The very design of the store’s interior evokes Germany’s powerful automotive culture and identity.

Becoming part of the local community

As part of the opening, HARMAN will also make a commitment to the local community. Every holiday season, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Munich-based youth athletic organisations. To kick off the campaign, HARMAN donated 25,000 EUR to the International Hockey Federation on the occasion of the store opening. The donation was handed over to German National Team Coach Marco Sturm and some key players from the silver-medal winning German Olympic championship team during an evening ceremony at the store.

The Munich flagship store is open to the public starting 26 September and every Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Falken continues in the fast lane

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After romping to a double victory in the last race of the VLN Endurance Championship, Falken Motorsports is now heading for the next highlight: the team of the Japanese tyre manufacturer is the first customer team to provide a set of test tyres for tests of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R on the Nürburgring race track.

The latest model of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is based on the second generation of the 991 series. The racer is still powered by a four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine capable of reaching up to 550 hp. However, the main distinctions from its predecessors are the improved aerodynamics, enhanced driveability, advanced optimisation to safety features, and reductions in servicing and parts costs.

The development vehicle driven by Manthey-Racing, the Porsche works team, has already been entered in selected VLN races to date; now it will debut at the Nordschleife track – on Falken tyres. The front axle will be fitted with a larger size (300/680R18 instead of 300/660R18), while the tyre size for the rear axle will remain unchanged. In terms of visual design, the Falken vehicle will reference the stunning Erlkönig wrap design which featured on Manthey’s yellow Porsche, but will have the brand’s signature turquoise finish.

The real-life test, conducted jointly by Manthey/Porsche and Schnabl Engineering/Falken Motorsports, marks the continuation of Falken’s success story which began in 2011. The major achievement of the tyre brand so far has been the double win in the last VLN race by Martin Ragginger (A) and Klaus Bachler (A) in their Porsche 911 GT3 R, beating team colleagues Stef Dusseldorp (NL) and Alexandre Imperatori (CH) in a BMW.

As the 2019 model of the 911 does not yet hold valid FIA approval, Falken will be a non-competitive entrant in the SPX class and receive 20 seconds of bonus time per pitstop. Falken stalwart Martin Ragginger will share the wheel with the Porsche works drivers Nick Tandy (GB) and Laurens Vanthoor (BE). Driving duties in the BMW M6 GT3 will be divided as scheduled between Scottish driver Peter Dumbreck and Stef Dusseldorp.

The 58th ADAC Reinoldus Endurance Race will start at Nürburgring on 22 September 2018 at 12:00 noon. The total race time will be four hours.

Falken ZIEX ZE001 A/S Selected as Factory Standard Tyres for the New Subaru Forester

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce it has begun supplying high-performance Falken ZIEX ZE001 A/S tyres to Subaru Corporation for use as factory standard tyres on the new Forester (model for North American and Chinese markets), which goes on sale this autumn.

The Falken ZIEX ZE001 A/S all-season tyres are specifically designed to draw out the full performance potential of Subaru’s new model Forester. Thanks to the adoption of an asymmetrical tread pattern, the all-season tyres have optimised distribution of rigidity throughout the tread, allowing them to provide not only the high all-road performance one would expect of Subaru’s latest model Forester, but also balanced high performance in terms of both steering stability and riding comfort.

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Historic Double Win for FALKEN

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FALKEN Porsche takes its first win with BMW second

Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler dominate the 41st RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen and win for the first time in the Porsche 911 GT3 R, ahead of their Falken team colleagues Stef Dusseldorp and Alexandre Imperatori in the BMW M6 GT3.

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The 1st September 2018 will go down in the history books of Falken Motorsports. Already during qualifying for the sixth round of the 2018 VLN Endurance Championship, the Falken duo excelled with an outstanding performance, earning themselves second and third on the starting grid. In doing so, the Austrian driver duo of Klaus Bachler and Martin Ragginger in the Porsche 911 GT3 R enjoyed an exceptional premiere: requiring just 7:57.850 minutes to complete the Nordschleife, the Falken Porsche did so for the first-time ever in less than eight minutes. And with a 7:58.081 lap time, the BMW team comprising Stef Dusseldorp (NL) and Alexandre Imperatori (CH) secured the starting position directly behind their team colleagues.

 

The four-hour contest started under ideal racing conditions with a sunny 15° C. Into Turn One, the two Falken racing cars took the lead which they maintained until the first pit stops. During this initial phase, Klaus Bachler, at the wheel of the Porsche GT3 R, stunned with a breathtaking velocity, burning yet another 7:56.259 minute lap record into the asphalt.

 

As the race progressed, a neck-and-neck contest unfolded between Audi, BMW and Porsche for the lead position, in which shrewd tyre management ultimately emerged as the key. Thanks to its perfectly timed tyre changes, Falken kept its competitors at bay, letting it lead the race from the head of the field.

 

The result was the first one-two in Falken’s almost 20 years’ of participation in the VLN racing community.

Boost your car’s performance by up to 25 per cent using your mobile phone and new Carly Tuning App

BMW drivers can now unlock extra performance in under 10 minutes with a new engine tuning app. Carly – Connected Car, a world market leader in mobile vehicle electronics, has unveiled its first Android app for motorists to change their vehicle engine mapping by phone. Available initially for BMW diesel models, including certain 1,3,5,6,7 and X models, the app has been comprehensively trialled with over 500,000km of driving in the real world. Results from Carly’s own testing have shown improvements in acceleration; reducing 0-60 mph times by up to 25 per cent alongside gains in mid-range acceleration to increase responsiveness, offering a helpful boost for overtaking.

“In the past, if you wanted extra performance it meant a trip to a garage and a time-consuming process to get any improvement,” says Avid Avini, Carly’s co-founder. “Now, with a phone and our adapter, you can do it all in less than ten minutes. It’s simple, reversible and a very cost-effective route to more performance. We’ve also proven the reliability; having driven over 210,000km in one of our own cars with a combined testing total that tops half a million kilometres.”

As well as uploading a higher performance engine tuning map Carly’s easy-to-use app can switch off other functions such as disabling the maximum speed limiter and exhaust gas recirculation. Fully-secure, the app is reversible and unlike traditional remaps, it can be uploaded and restored to standard configuration at any time. This makes it easy to revert the car back to standard at any time but also makes it ideal for those wanting to have different maps; for example, a performance configuration for track days and then return to standard settings for road use.

Initially available for BMW models built between 2003 and 2009, including E8X 1 Series, E9X 3 Series, E6X 5, 6 and 7 Series. BMW’s X5 and X6 (E7X models are also catered for), Carly is working on developing versions for other vehicle brands. Owners can confirm compatibility via a button within the free of charge Carly Tuning app.

Prices start from 160 € including a specific wire and diagnostics connector that plugs into the OBD port.

Common Questions

How much more performance does the app offer?

Performance increases vary by individual car and can’t be guaranteed but in tests with a 2008 E61 BMW 5 Series, the Carly tuning app reduced the time taken to accelerate 60 to 120mph from 32.2 seconds to 20.8 seconds.

How long does it take to upload software from phone to car?

Depending on the car, handset and wire, it can take up to ten minutes

Can I reverse the tuning?

Yes, it can be reversed at any time.

Is it detectable?

When it is installed, it is detectable but if you revert to standard, it is not normally easy to identify it has previously been uploaded

Press Samples

If you would like to try the Carly app, please get in contact with the UK press office, [email protected] or call 01295 780411