BMW i8

How it’s made: BMW i8 explained

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The Germans at BMW released a new video on their official YouTube channel, this time explaining the development of the i8 sports car.

The most potent car within the company’s new “i” range, the BMW i8 sports a plug-in hybrid configuration with a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor.

BMW i8
BMW i8

This equals to a total output of 362 horsepower and 570 Nm of torque. In order for a hybrid model to be both frugal and sporty, BMW had to focus on efficiency and dynamics.

The low total mass of just 1,490 kilograms is one of BMW’s achievements in making the i8 a true sporty hybrid model. Several wind tunnel tests were conducted in order to improve the drag coefficient for improved fuel consumption figures.

Lightweight materials such carbon fiber were used in order to shave extra kilograms. Be sure to check the official video above for an in-depth look at BMW i8’s development.


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