• Aug 3rd 2010 at 10:55AM
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A production sports car based on last year's BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept will reportedly debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and come to market by 2013. According to Germany's AutoBild, the car which they refer to as the I100 (as part of BMW's project I which is also spawning the MegaCity EV) will be powered by a hybrid powertrain much like the one in the concept.

A 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (possibly a diesel) paired with an electric motor based on the architecture of BMW's mild hybrid 7 Series would drive the rear wheels, while a second motor would drive the front wheels. A lithium ion battery pack is earmarked to provide electrical energy storage, although it's not clear if the plug-in capability of the concept would be retained.

According to Autobild, it's also possible that we'll see an M variant of this car using the 450 horsepower twin-turbo inline-six from the next generation M3 along with set of supercapacitors instead of a lithium battery pack.

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[Source: AutoBild]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is all this just complete conjecture? Supercapacitors (unless they're EEStor) really don't have anywhere near enough energy density to improve performance over a lithium battery, unless they're just to provide an instantaneously storage/boost system rather than any kind of real electric drivetrain.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoever wrote the original copy clearly made a mistake on the supercap side. I've been following closely to see if they have made progress with some lead researchers at Georgia Tech and some of their colleagues and nobody is even playing with any experiments that produce better than 20Wh/kg right now.
        What they clearly had to mean was some supercaps in parallel with the Lithium batteries to provide a kick in the pants power wise and some better regen braking numbers.
        Of course, now that the morons at the patent office gave AFS Trinity a patent on that (despite the fact capacitors have been used in conjunction with batteries in cameras for decades and even in cars for things like handling the high end demands of fancy stereos) so BMW will have to pay extra for that or spend years in court fighting with Trinity.

        As for EEStor, they truly have nothing. My old house in Cedar Park was within walking distance of their facility and I know some of them....all they have is some powder...but it's really pure powder!!! LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        I suspect it should read: ' supercapacitors paired with a lithium battery'
      • 5 Years Ago
      sigh they are so stuck in the past.
      a borderline interesting concept car and they turn it into a very conventional honda ima fossil fuel burning useless car. by 2013..

      and it will be expensive. with poor performance. and weigh a lot despite the use of carbon fiber.

      epic fail

      WAKE UP MERKEL! you should know better
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta love Georg Kacher's meaty prose wrung through Google's garbleizer.
      "heavily armed Mercedes M-variant of both SLS and Audi R8 V10 Extralarge the tailpipes"

      It looks like the Vision's transparent polycarbonate roof and doors with the structural support beautifully folded against it won't make it to production.

      Some Germans commenters spout the same ill-informed drivel as Rush Limbaugh fans, like "lithium battery acid".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since they intended to use 450 hp engine, Li-ion battery is not necessary. An ultra capacitor will do the job, unless they want it to have a plug-in capability.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just think, even if this rolls out at $500K you could buy three or four of 'em before you hit the price tag of the Honda Clarity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Supercapacitors, eh? I'm interested.

      We're seeing a lot of manufacturers go this way...an awd setup with one set powered by either a gas engine or a gas/electric PSD, and the other powered by electric motors. Might be the best way to do awd until batteries start to come around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a lot of talk, but AIUI nobody has put a through-the-road hybrid on sale.
      • 5 Years Ago


      By which I mean that it looks like the result of a Camaro having been known carnally by an Audi.
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