With all the tools installed on mobile phones these days (to say nothing of the ones trying to use them in traffic), there's plenty of ways to keep yourself productive while waiting for an appointment, a train, a date... whatever. Unfortunately, none of them enable you to improve your lap time on the Nürburgring. Fret not, dear gearhead, for Hands-On Mobile is coming to the rescue. The mobile software company has partnered with both BMW AG and Nürburgring GmbH to develop BMW Racing, a new video game for cell phones.

The game will allow mobile gamers to drive any of six different cars – including the M3, M5, M6 and BMW Sauber F1.08, all fully licensed – around a virtual Nordschleife in two different player modes. The game will be available from participating mobile carriers in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America this summer, while we pray American carriers pick up the game, too.

Press release after the jump.

[Source: Hands-On Mobile via MCV]

PRESS RELEASE

Hands-On Mobile to Bring BMW Racing to Mobile

LONDON, UK-MAY 20, 2008-Hands-On Mobile™, the world's leading developer of connected games and applications, today announces that it has entered into a licensing agreement with BMW AG and Nürburgring GmbH, owner of the Nürburgring Nordschleife™ track, to bring the game BMW Racing to mobile phones this summer. Developed by independent UK studio FinBlade, BMW Racing features the latest high performance BMW cars and allows players to experience the thrills of racing round the world-famous Nürburgring circuit.

BMW Racing will feature six officially licensed cars, including the M3, M5, M6 and the current season Formula One racer BMW Sauber F1.08, with each car featuring realistic car handling that feels different for each vehicle. Players will race in one of two different modes– 'Challenge' and 'Time Trial'– around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which at 20.8 kilometres long is considered to be the longest, toughest and most demanding purpose-built race track in the world.
"Brand extensions are a great way for companies to reach new markets and the ubiquity of the mobile phone means mobile brand extensions in particular have the potential to reach huge numbers of consumers," said Greg Robinson, General Manager of Hands-On Mobile EMEA. "In the past we have worked with brands such as Marvel and World Poker Tour and have delivered top selling mobile games and content across the globe and we are looking forward to doing the same for BMW Racing."

BMW Racing will be launching on carriers across Europe, APAC and Latin America this summer


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