BMW in Munich designed and hand built during 2008/09 a one off concept car called the Vision EfficientDynamics, Vision ED for short, and it was on display at the Auckland Museum July 15th to 17th after wooing the media at the Melbourne Motor Show. This car is definitely a vision of what we will all be driving in the future. Once just the dream creations of sci-fi movie productions is now a mere few years away with BMW saying the Vision ED will be going into production in 2013 and will be called the i8. The production model will be 99 precent identical to this stunning show car.
What makes this concept car so special? Well, aside from the fact that the body is made entirely of carbon fibre which helps to keep the weight down to an anorexic 1395 kilograms and will require BMW to invest in a worldwide network of new repair shops to cater for the specialised techniques needed to patch up and straighten carbon fibre, the mechanics of the Vision ED will no doubt change the way cars of the future are powered.
The ED is powered by a combination of a three cylinder diesel engine, a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full hybrid motor at the rear to produce a total power output of 241kW and a boat towing torque of 800Nm. This sleek machine does the 0 to 100kph time in supercar territory at 4.8 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 250kph. But with all this power you would be forgiven for thinking it will also have supercar thirst. Not so, the lightweight body and drag coefficient of only 0.22 help the BMW achieve an astonishing 3.76 litres per 100km. Even the greenies will want to hug it with CO2 emissions at a planet saving (if you believe all the hype around global warming) 99 grams per kilometre.
When the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, or i8 as it will be named, goes into production in 2013 I’m pretty sure there will be many clambering to get their name on the ‘I want one’ list and if you are thinking of putting your name on the waiting list you might want to find that winning lotto ticket first as the asking price is expected to be above NZ$350,000. The key thing with this futuristic dream machine is that this fuel saving technology will eventually filter down to more affordable cars that will become our daily drivers. Yes, this is the future of motoring, like it or not.
View more photos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bgXwInasrQ
View a short video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4frNrgLA6MI