Ok, we have to admit that we’ve seen this coming but maybe not today… well, it happened folks, the first BMW i8 was crashed. The bad news is that this is not even the final version of the i8, it is a so-called pre-production. According to a German newspaper, the BMW i8 was crashed on the A92 highway in Germany and was driven by a 30-year-old man.
Police Chief Inspector Nikolaus Bischof suspects that the driver was going a little bit too fast and due to the fact that the road was wet the car crashed into the meridian barrier, then stopped on the right lane. The good news is that the driver is ok and was able to get out of the car without any injuries.
For those who don’t know, the 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar is powered by a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that generate 231 hp (170 kW) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. The petrol engine is mated to an electric drive system and a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged at a standard household power socket.
The electric motor delivers 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque and powers the front wheels, while the petrol engine delivers the power to the rear wheels. With a maximum output of 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque, the BMW i8 is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.
As expected, the BMW i8 can “be” an all-electric car and uses the energy from the lithium-ion battery for a distance of 35 km (22 miles) and can hit a maximum speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph. According to BMW, the average fuel consumption for the i8 in the EU test cycle will be less than 2.5 liters/100 km (over 113 mpg) with CO2 emissions of less than 59 grams per km.
The whole concept of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is considered groundbreaking. Nonetheless, the design of its body is also groundbreaking as well, as its proportions, lines and surfaces properly convey fundamental elements like the hallmark BMW dynamics, lightweight design and efficiency.
Just by looking at the new i8, one could easily identify it as part of the BMW i family. This is partly thanks to the structure of overlapping and interlocking surfaces as well as to the distinct color scheme of the plug-in hybrid sports car. By employing this layering principle, BMW was able give the i8 its aerodynamic forms, with its wide track further emphasized by its dynamically formed wheel arches.
Interestingly, the compact construction of the i8 has made it easier to tell where the electric motor and combustion engine are respectively located. This also gave the front and rear sections of the i8 a low-slung design that helps highlight the sports car’s dynamically stretched flanks. The new i8 also comes with doors that could open forwards and upwards like wings.
The new i8 comes with the so-called "black belt," which is regarded as a signature feature of BMW i cars. This black belt is born from the bonnet in a V shape and then flows back over the roof into the rear end of the i8. Here, the black belt frames the center section of the rear apron. This black belt is framed on the front end by the body-colored apron and side panels. It is overlapped on the rear end by the "floating" roof pillars that extend over the rear lamps.