AN ATHLETE IN TOP FORM.

Efficiency & Dynamics of the BMW i8.

AN ATHLETE IN TOP FORM.

Efficiency & Dynamics of the BMW i8.

With the innovative LifeDrive vehicle architecture, the BMW i8 has ideal conditions for a weight-optimised design and boasts the lowest centre of gravity amongst all BMW vehicles. A perfect basis for the characteristics of a classical sports car. Thanks to ultra-lightweight materials, specific aerodynamic optimisation and a comprehensive package of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, the BMW i8 also achieves astonishing figures for consumption and emissions.

AN ATHLETE IN TOP FORM.Efficiency & Dynamics of the BMW i8.

With the innovative LifeDrive vehicle architecture, the BMW i8 has ideal conditions for a weight-optimised design and boasts the lowest centre of gravity amongst all BMW vehicles. A perfect basis for the characteristics of a classical sports car. Thanks to ultra-lightweight materials, specific aerodynamic optimisation and a comprehensive package of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, the BMW i8 also achieves astonishing figures for consumption and emissions.

AERODYNAMICS.

Streamlined bodyshell, a succinct, conical shape, low weight and a range of aerodynamically-optimised characteristics. The BMW i8 represents the pinnacle of dynamics – and simultaneously displays optimal efficiency.

Low, wide and dynamic.

The BMW i8 displays all the characteristics of a thoroughbred sports car.

  • Design

    The lines and flat silhouette of the BMW i8 make its pronounced forward thrust evident at first glance. Dynamically beautiful when at a standstill, with a shape and details committed to the ideals of aerodynamics, which also influence its design. The stream flow, defined by the merging shape of the C-pillar, the side wall that swings upwards and the roof line, is more than just an optical accent. In the BMW i8 this concept clearly improves aerodynamics. Drag of only 0.26 cW leaves no doubt that the BMW i8 is a sports car – with an aerodynamic wedge-shaped design unlike any other.

  • Aerodynamic features

    The almost closed BMW kidney grille and the active air control vents in the front only let in as much air as the cooling system requires. The so-called aeroflaps behind the front wheels and in front of the rear ones, as well as the air shovel in the front bumper serve to redirect the air flow and lower drag. Optically highlighted, they make it possible to see the aerodynamics of the BMW i8 at a glance. The precisely balanced air flow in the bodyshell allows for the highest driving dynamics and stability.

INTELLIGENT LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION.

INTELLIGENT LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION.

Consistent lightweight construction is of vital importance for electric vehicles. It’s one of the vehicle’s most expressive traits and influences dynamics, design and efficiency. A lower vehicle weight means faster acceleration, higher agility and maximum efficiency.

Lightweight construction in the BMW i8.

Less weight. More agility and efficiency

CARBON (CFP)

CARBON (CFP)

To make up for the extra weight of the electric battery, the BMW i8 makes innovative use of a range of materials, even down to screws and bolts out of aluminium. The carbon compound comprising the passenger cell is an ingenious all-rounder. Up to 50 % lighter than steel and about 30 % lighter than aluminium with the same highly-stable, crash-safe material properties. An important component of the innovative LifeDrive architecture that changes everything in the BMW i8 – even the future of sporty driving.

LIFE DRIVE ARCHITECTURE.

Sports car proportions meet an extraordinary lightweight concept. The LifeDrive architecture is made up of two units that correspond exactly to the requirements of intelligent lightweight construction. The Drive module is the aluminium bodyshell. The high-voltage battery and drive components in the front and back are accommodated here. The Life module is the ultra-light passenger cell made of high-strength carbon. It compensates for the extra weight of the electric motor and the high-voltage battery. In its entirety it’s known as the LifeDrive concept and makes the BMW i8 the forerunner of the hybrid generation. With a lightweight construction concept that fits like a bespoke suit: to bring full sportiness and well-planned sustainability efficiently to the street.

A unique concept.

The basis for combining sportiness and sustainable efficiency.

  • 50:50 axle load distribution

    The special LifeDrive architecture allows the BMW i8 to distribute its weight optimally across all four axles. The electric motor in the front, the petrol engine behind – and, as the consolidating element, the so-called energy tunnel with built-in high voltage battery runs along the centre console through the car. The hybrid technology with the battery at the bottom of the bodyshell combined with the light carbon module above it ensures optimal weight distribution. The vehicle has a particularly low centre of gravity, which enables extraordinarily high agility, excellent traction and directional stability in every driving situation.

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