• Sep 7, 2010
Sorry, we just did – Click above to watch the video after the jump

A new website called DontBlogAboutThis.com has surfaced, currently populated with two photos and two videos. The photos show an odd looking BMW 6 Series wearing skinny tires, a matte paint job and a don't-look-at-me-no-please-look-at-me bumper sticker. Is it the new BMW Hipster Series? The site also notes that these photos are not spy shots – which we know is true since we looked up the domain registration information. The site is owned by BMW.

The two videos, which you can watch after the jump, reveal only a little more than the photos. Whatever is under the hood of this BMW is running very quietly. In fact, it seems to be mostly road noise that we hear before the slightly creepy Heroes-esque music comes in.

What does it all mean? Honestly... we have no clue. We know that the BMW M6 has ceased production so maybe the engineers are deciding to head in a different direction. Could this be powered by hydrogen, Bangle Blood or is an electric boogaloo 6 Series is on the horizon?






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      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously the front of this concept is inspired by that of the Vision Efficient Dynamics prototype. It appears BMW are pushing forward production of a highly-efficient alternative-fuel vehicle. The 6-series bodywork tells me that this is more of a sheep in wolfs clothing. I am sure it will have reasonable performance but the emphasis is on reducing weight, increasing efficiency and developing a commercially-viable yet environmentally-friendly powertrain like we've not yet seen. The future's coming!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I demand Bangle Blood powered vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The BMW eco-supercar is on its way. It was about time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A electric, hydrogen combo hybrid type of car?
      I love the domain name though curious as to why it wasnt registered before (have a feeling it was and BMW bought it.).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet it's got a RWD version of the GM/BMW/Chrysler hybrid system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the skinny tires? Is BMW making a Prius?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a direction of the future, I believe, as first shown by BMW on their Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, which wore 195/55-21 tires. This tall/narrow idea was revisited again for their ActiveE 1-Series concept.
        • 4 Years Ago
        such ignorance.
        for a given car and a given rubber material the grip of the car is actually the same no matter the width of the tire. yes yes I know that violates your intuition but it is none the less true. the reason the tires are then not rationally made as thin as possible is that they wear quicker than way. remember it's a given rubber material.
        BUT if the car is very light, say... intelligently made with light materials, say... carbon fiber THEN a proportionally thinner wheel will have the same life as a much wider wheel on a more conventional primitive cast iron crappy car like BMW has so far made. yes crappy. vote me down all you want, it's only reinforcing your masive ignorance. listen to me instead. you may also want to wonder why BMW is using thin wheels on this car if I'm so obviously wrong...

        the smooth cover rims also speak to an energy efficient vehicle. and the matte finish is perhaps chosen to indicate the carbon.
        this could be an important vehicle. although given BMW's massive obtusenes in the past regaring intelligent engineering one shouldn't get carried away with what could easily be an easy lie that you will see in Paris as a concept but never be able to buy.

        given the silence of the car there can be little doubt that we are looking at an eco sport electric car...

        and ye of little knowledge and great ignorant prejudice, remember that electric drive can be very powerful (youtube wrightspeed X1) and combine that with a car weighing 650kg..
        it can put the primitive M3, M5, M6 in their place. although we should not expect that in the first generation. having fought so much against reason as they have they are not quite ready to admit how superior intelligent design can be. so expect moderate performance. maybe 6.5 seconds to 100.

        if they actually decide to make this car it could be huge. MONSTER HUGE. so big that all you petrol heads will start to talk about electric cars. unthinkable I know. but you'll see :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan:

        Erm, no. As a mechanical engineer with a decent amount of vehicle dynamics knowledge, let me point out a few things:

        1) You can't apply traditional friction ideas to tires. They work entirely differently. It's MUCH MUCH more complicated (if it was easy, everyone would be in racing).

        2) The key to getting the most grip out of tires is to get the largest and most homogeneous (uniform pressure) contact patch. The size of a contact patch doesn't change much with width, but the uniformity does. A wider, shorter contact patch is much more homogeneous in terms of pressure. Because gains from pressure diminish the higher you go up, you actually end up losing some lateral force because you lose more (where the pressure on the tire is lower) than you gain (where the pressure on the tire is higher. Of course, this is not to say that a massively wide tire is the best, there are issues when you get too wide, as well (tires slip, and the contact patch becomes more like a "(" and tires that are too wide create issues there). However, in terms of optimal width for a car like a 6 series, those tires are no where near wide enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not a Pious, but a high-mpg variant of some sort, hence the skinny tires, small engine, aero wheels. I suspect that the 6-series has better CdA than many of their other platforms, hence being the base shell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan,
        Also, as a mechanical engineer with some knowledge of vehicle dynamics, I recommend that you listen to tarheel91. He knows whats he's talking about. Sure, a simplistic model of static friction coefficient would lead one to believe given two materials in contact would give a linear relationship between downward force and maximum horizontal force, regardless of area, but this does not translate perfectly to a tire that is rolling. There are reasons that high performance cars have wide tires. If skinny tires were optimal race cars and sports cars would be riding on road bike tires to save weight, rotational enertia and drag. It's not styling, and it's not wear!

        Different regions of the contact patch on a rolling tire will exert different vertical forces on the road. Since the tire is not rigid, it flexes and this causes different regions of the contact patch to have exert different horizontal forces to the road. Unfortunately, the vertical, and horizontal forces do not vary proportunately. In the center of the patch, you typically have maximum vertical pressure, but minimal horizontal pressure, so it is unlikely to slip there. On the front of the patch, especially on the outside if the turn, the horizontal pressure is proportunately much higher than the vertical pressure, therfore the tre slips here first. That is why you can take a car with skinny tires through a sharp turn and hear the tires slipping well before the car goes out of control. Parts of the tire patch are slipping. Other parts of the patch are well under the friction coefficient. The new Camber tire design somewhat equalizes these forces side to side on a tire. A wide tire will give a much more uniform pressure profile, and can therefore be taken through a tighter turn, but will give less warning. When it goes, it goes.

        Oh, BTW, electric cars will be great, we get it. You don't have to mention them in every post. Stop calling people ignorant, and examine your own claims with a bit more honesty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sounds to me like the future us liable to loose grip easily and tip over in a gust.
        • 4 Years Ago
        obviously a mule for new hybrid powertrain
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not just the skinny tires but also the small single exhaust and the solid rear or low-hanging aluminum(?) structure. No sign of a rear diff.........
      • 4 Years Ago
      im putting my money on it being a progression of their hybrid combustion powertrain... i hope so~
      • 4 Years Ago
      Viral marketing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Is it the new BMW Hipster Series?"

      LOL, Autoblog writers y'all are on a roll! I must say though... dontblogaboutthis.com... pretty darned effective. I couldn't help but open the link....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering they just killed the M6 and the car seems to be a coupe, could we be talking about an M5 coupe? It's just a wild guess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bahaha I really dont get you people. All speculating about BMW and what they are up to...THEY'RE JUST SCREWING WITH YOU!
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