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An Environmentally Friendly Concept Car

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Topics:  BMW i8

An Environmentally Friendly Concept Car

Levi Quinn
SubmitYOURArticle.com
October 18, 2011


The BMW i18 concept car is designed for optimum performance and a look that won't soon be forgotten. The sporty exterior is complemented by a powerful engine that provides longer driving range and better mileage. With this vehicle, BMW has truly brought the future to today with forward-thinking and a fresh perspective on engineering. It combines convenience, comfort, and power with a more environmentally-friendly system that is so much in demand.

A plug-in hybrid combines the enhanced electric drive system armed with a high-performing three-cylinder combustion engine that produces 164 kW and 221 lb-ft of torque at the rear. The electric motor uses is a full-capability unit which alone can provide enough power for driving the whole car. The combination of these engines delivers top performance which is preferred in sports car, but with the fuel consumption of a small car; increasing fuel efficiency every single time.

The BMW i8 is not merely a sports car. With its four-seat capacity and high fuel efficiency, it is very practical to use in a daily basis. In a glance, the car creates an impression of power with its dynamic proportions. It has a surging forward appearance that makes it look always ready to go even when the wheels have not turned yet. It puts another contemporary sports car impression in its upward- swiveling doors fixed to the A- pillars. With its style, the principle of aerodynamics is harnessed, allowing the surrounding air to flow through and around the car.

The LifeDrive Concept of the i8 makes it lighter, as stronger and lightweight materials are used for most of its parts. CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic) is especially suited to automotive design due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, good rigidity, rustproof quality and high tolerance to potential damage. LifeDrive refers to "two horizontally separated, independent modules" of the car, the "drive module" and the passenger "life module". The whole design concept makes the car light, safe, and easy to maneuver in varying conditions.

This innovative design combines a unique structure with high-performance materials for a forward-looking automobile that maximizes safety and efficiency. Concentrating on both driveability and fuel conservation, the BMW i8 concept is ideal for all types of driving. Whether you're navigating busy city streets or cruising along open stretches of highway, you'll be sure to enjoy the ride. Inside, the same spacious and convenient atmosphere is maintained. Neither safety nor comfort is compromised.

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