bmw testing vehicles in death valley

BMW runs its vehicles through some extreme environments, and it's all in the name of research. One of its (and nearly every other automaker's) favorite stomping grounds is, quite literally, a hot spot. Death Valley, California is one of the hottest places on the planet, and the German automaker comes here to subject its vehicles to temperatures that can exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

This year, the BMW team has decided to capture their efforts on video. In the process, it seems they've also beat U.S.-based spy photographers to the punch by showing glimpses of what appears to be a 2012 3 Series wearing blacked-out camouflage. Click past the jump to see BMW's newest development cars out testing in the scorching heat.

[Source: YouTube via BMW Blog]