BMW i8 On The Hockenheim Track – Video

3 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 3

i8 On The Track

i8 On The Track

German magazine Sport Auto takes the new BMW i8 to Hockenheimring for an instrumented test.

Christian Gebhardt in his BMW i8 recorded a lap time of 1.15.0 min, comparable to a Porsche Boxster (1.14.9 min) and Jaguar F-Type (1.15.2 min). BMW 435i Coupe with M Sport Package and M performance tuning recorded a Hockenheim lap time of 1: 17.4 minutes. By comparison, the new BMW M4 Coupe showed a lap time of 1:12.8 minutes.

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Even though BMW never claimed that the i8 is a track-oriented vehicle, judging by this video, it does quite well on the track.

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

Here is the video:

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3 responses to "BMW i8 On The Hockenheim Track – Video"

  1. ELROY says:

    Wow, to keep up with a Baxter, or 500+hp Jaguar is excellent. If people could see how a Model S did on that track, they would understand how awesome the i8 is. Remember, 1.5 liter, skinny tires, etc. The S couldn’t even keep up with a 435i on that track.

    1. See Through says:

      Yep, very true.

      Model S is a commuter car, a family sedan. It should never be taken to tracks, no matter how much Tesla boasts about its 0-60 time.

      Model S belongs to the same category as Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, Chevy Volt etc. It is just a bit bigger and a lot heavier.

  2. Phr3d says:

    It’s a start – still awaiting Nurburgring.. tires musta’ looked uhmm.. interesting after.. I wonder if the EV remained balanced from regen or if it slowly dwindled..

    I can’t find any Tesla MS run at Hockenheimring, IS there one? Seems like short straits power-on power off could work well for MS, since you don’t get into the stock cooling problems.. be interested to actually See it perform there instead of just assuming how it would do..