• Dec 31, 2010
BMW EfficientDynamics supercar in Abu Dhabi – click above to watch video after the jump

During a recent trip to Abu Dhabi, Teamspeed forum member Captain Stradale caught a glimpse of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics strutting its stuff for an on-track photo shoot. What makes us most curious, though, is the fact that this gray version of the VED is marginally different-looking than the white concept BMW has paraded around the auto show circuit over the past year (along with the white with blue swirly camo prototype they've shown).

The Vision EfficientDynamics, which is rumored to come into production under the name 'i8', is expected to be powered by a 328-horsepower three-cylinder diesel-hybrid powertrain. The ultra-lightweight production car is tipped to run from 0-100 in just 4.8 seconds, and during normal driving, the new efficient supercar is estimated to achieve 62.5 miles per gallon.

When we'll see the production version of the VED is still unclear, though sources have reported that it will show up in 2013, priced from around $200,000. We can't verify if the gray car in these Teamspeed shots is anything closer to production, but seeing this thing out on the track makes us all the more eager to experience BMW's efficient hotness for ourselves. In the meantime, check out the spy video after the jump and click on the link below to see more photos at Teamspeed. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: Teamspeed]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a huge fan of BMW, but have two very serious concerns about this vehicle.

      1- Will it be faster than Porsche's 918 hybrid supercar?

      and last, but certainly not least

      2- How is your girlfriend supposed to discreetly go down on you when the doors are transparent?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can ignore number 1. I wasn't aware that the Porsche's projected sale price was going to be triple that of the BMW's.

        I am sure we can all agree that the second concern was really the only one that mattered anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, point #2 should be wondering whether the passenger seat fully reclines, and whether keeping a blanket in the rear would provide enough privacy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is definitely NOT going to be a supercar.
      more like a gaudy prius.

      bmw has stooped lower than audi
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW concepts have always seemed like students work.

      Forgettable and not refined
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely agree. This is eye catching for the sake of flash but it shows no restraint. There are a million designs like this on the walls of industrial design schools all over the world. Honestly, when you cut it down, this car doesn't even have very nice proportions. Look at that overhang!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It kinda has Chevrolet Volt styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      there is no way you mean 0-100 mph in 4.8 seconds. You must mean 0-100 kph, which is 62 mph. which in my opinion is still too fast for the america we live in today. drop it back to 7 seconds while getting another 15 mpg would mean a heck of a lot more to more buyers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I agree with you, people arent really buying this for the MPG. If it means having a BMW super-car-esque vehicle with better than usual efficiency and neck snapping speed, that's all it needs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would you think this car is meant for mass production? This is a halo car, in the same league as the Porsche 918 Spyder or the Honda FCX Clarity or even BMW's own Hydrogen 7. Not meant for normal human consumption. Thank God for that, because Billy Bob here in America would wreck it, acting like a damned fool driving it. And then sue the maker for $$$$$$ and saying it was the car's fault. Leaving the car maker with no choice but to dump watered down versions of of its vehicles in America.
        Hell, even Mexico got the Mk 2 version of the Focus, including the 300hp RS. Just not here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks awesome to me, I'm not worried about the glass, There is already plenty of safe technology out there. I saw a concept car for the corvette many years ago, The Mako Shark. They never really built it, but something with the same lines. The speaker summed it up when he said this is as much for our engineers, to give them a direction. BMW is "the driving machine" and they have set their goals High. 328HP from a 3cylinder Diesel? The Balance seems just a little heavier in the rear than the front, that seems odd. I noticed the row of Batteries down the center of the car aparently to balance the weight distribution, despite the Ultralight Composit Body and aluminum chassis, it still wont be as light as perhaps the older Lotus Europa, (A strong boy could pick up the front end). Really, any high school kid can tell you how to make Bio Diesel, I like the Diesel Idea.

      GM seems to be going in the same direction, except with Gasoline engine and electric. They don't like to say "Hybrid"

      I believe that people will not embrace energy efficent vehicles untill they can provide performance. Few of us would pay more for a vehicle which is boring to drive. I like the statement, perhaps in 10 years or so.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if you had to pee in a cup?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool !
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as it has doors made of glass, no it isn't getting any closer to production. It'd be death in a side impact collision.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the door is made of fibre with steel tubes behind it. They put a sticker on the outside to suggest the car is transparent. You have to replace the sticker when someone else drives the car to maintain the effect.

        It's really helpful for cheating on HOV lanes by adding a passenger sticker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's actually transparent metal!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Crashworthiness notwithstanding, without a moving element, how would they pay tolls?
      • 4 Years Ago
      0-100 in 4.8 seconds!!! Do they mean mph or kph?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The glass doors are probably made similar to that of bulletproof glass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bulletproof glass is made like a windshield, with a plastic laminate inside.

        As good as it is for glass, it cant protect like metal does.

        As mentioned above, it's also quite heavy. The weight would be an issue for this ultra light car and for the apparent dihedral mounting.

        Of course, I could be wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        From an efficiency standpoint, glass is about the heaviest stuff you can use for paneling.

        On a square foot basis, high strength steel, fibreglass, etc. are all lighter paneling materials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ spin cycle
      I would rather be shot at with bullet proof glass around me than a single layer of tin that is about the thickness of a soup can.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stopping a bullet (low energy, high velocity) isn't anything like absorbing vehicular impact (high energy, low velocity).

        For example, kevlar will stop a bullet, but if you're wearing a bulletproof vest and I hit you with a sledgehammer I'll still break your ribs.
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