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    BMW i8




    The BMW i8 Concept is no ordinary sports car. One look tells you that. This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a true icon of progress: a remarkably efficient sports car boasting up to 87 mpg and a 0 to 60 acceleration time of under 5 seconds.




    It's born electric inside and electrifying outside.
    The BMW i8 Concept's sweeping silhouette gives the appearance that it's surging forward even before the wheel turns. Large, transparent greenhouse-like windows create an extraordinary feeling of lightness, while the doors swing upward like wings to provide an undeniably emotional and sporty allure. And as a 2+2 vehicle with seating for up to four, it's not just dynamic, it's practical.

    Innovative design is as much about materials as it is about looks. By using carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a material that's as strong as steel but around 50% lighter, BMW i truly created an efficient, high-performance innovative sports car.

    Not only can CFRP be shaped elegantly, its unique strength combined with its light weight makes a world of difference in durability and fuel economy.

    CFRP is currently being manufactured in the ultra-modern carbon fiber production plant in Moses Lake, Washington. The plant is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power ?
    helping BMW i stay true to its focus on sustainability.

    Part of reinventing the sports car is rethinking its entire architecture ? something designed to deliver impeccable performance and optimum dynamics. For BMW i, this led to the creation of the LifeDrive concept, consisting of two separate, independent modules: the Drive Module and the Life Module.

    The Drive Module includes the electric motor, lithium-ion battery,
    fuel tank, combustion engine and aluminum chassis, while the Life Module is comprised of the carbon fiber passenger compartment.

    As a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the i8 Concept needs fewer battery cells than the i3 Concept. The battery's central location in the Drive Module gives the vehicle a low center of gravity, further enhancing its dynamics. The end result is an optimum 50:50 weight distribution, guaranteeing superior handling and performance.

    At the base of the LifeDrive module lies the Drive Module, acting as the sustainable foundation for the i8 Concept vehicle. The Drive Module combines the battery and drive system, plus a range of structural safety devices into a lightweight, high-strength compartment. Its small turning radius and direct steering response result in outstanding dexterity, as well as exceptional handling.

    When a car looks this fast, it better live up to its appearance.
    The i8 Concept does just that, with help from its powerful, yet sustainable turbocharged combustion engine situated at the rear axle. This 3-cylinder engine produces 223 hp with up to 221 lb-ft of torque.*

    [*specifications shown for concept vehicles]

    Developed entirely in-house by the BMW Group, the 1.5-liter,
    3-cylinder engine represents the state-of-the-art conventional engine design. The i8 Concept accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in under 5 seconds and gets 87 mpg, making it as efficient as it is dynamic.

    The i8 Concept is electric at heart. It uses a modified electric drive system from the i3 Concept ? fitted over its front axle ? but carries fewer battery cells. These are stored inside the energy tunnel, a structure similar to a central transmission tunnel. The lithium-ion battery can be charged in approximately 3.5 hours with standard 120 volts at 12 amps. This allows the BMW i8 Concept to travel approximately 20 miles on electric power alone.