Monday, September 14, 2009

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Car

Well, this week we saw BMW release details of their latest sports concept car, but it's more than a sportscar.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a combination of the potential of BMW ActiveHybrid technology, and the power of BMW EfficientDynamics.

Technology on BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car consists of a full-hybrid concept, and is powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel and two electric motors

The combination of these technologies provides overall system output of 262 kW/356 hp, with maximum torque at 800 Newton-metres/590 lb-ft. The car is an all-wheel drive consisting of an electric motor on both rear and front axles.

Projected performance is anticipated to be in the region of zero to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) - this is electronically limited. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle measured at 3.76 litres/100km, with CO2 emissions 99 grams/kilometre.

Electric power is generated without compromising any fuel consumption efficiency, using a particularly efficient concept of Brake Energy Regeneration. The energy is stored in 98 lithium polymer cells, with a range of about 50 km using the electric mode alone.

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The aerodynamics have been developed with input from Formula 1, and the result is a drag coefficient that has been optimised to just 0.22.

The body has been designed with consistent lightweight technology as well as aerodynamic technology, with these qualities ensuring optimised sporting performance, as well as excellent efficiency.

On top of all this, the car features a 4 seater capacity which makes it not only a sports car but also well equipped for all round use.

Possibly, the cherry on top for some buyers will be the implementation of Gullwing doors, which open upwards. Even the doors have been designed to make entering and exiting the vehicle easy, making use of weight-optimised door kinematics.

And of course, moving onto the interior, the cabin has been designed using the very latest in modern technology. Last but not least, the roof and door inserts (made of polycarbonate glass) automatically become darker in light conditions, easing eye strain on both driver and occupents.

Having said all this, the car looks incredibly impressive, and BMW has once again shown why they are among the leaders of innovation, style, efficiency, class and performance. What more can we say?...It's a BMW.