BMW i3 Has No Fear Of Water – Video


i3 And Water Apparently Do Mix

i3 And Water Apparently Do Mix

“Do EVs and water mix? Watch the BMW i3 in action and find out.”

States BMW.

The video is rather boring, but we’ve got some additional insight from InsideEVs contributor Chris Neff who was along for the ride when professional race car driver Erin Crocker drove the i3 around the track while BMW filmed the day’s worth of action.

According to Neff:

“This was a video shoot I was in last October on a race track. The driver is a pro, Erin Crocker, we went through that water 12 or more times trying to get the i3 to drift…never happened….and we were flying.”

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Of course then there’s this:

Watch the whole thing and compare the i3’s performance to other EVs. Not bashing the i3 but it certainly is more of an engineering challenge when there is less rubber touching the road.

For perspective the Leaf has tires that are a little over 8″ in width. The Volt are pretty narrow at 7″. The i3 has 6″ wide tires! The i meEV also performed poorly. Its front tires are 5.7″ wide and the rear are 7.6″

Interesting. Do narrower tires mean less rolling resistance?

Volt tires are 215mm or 8.46″ wide.

+1 I was hoping someone would post THAT video 🙂

This video is useless, since each car is driven by a different person (and they are no professional drivers). Also, it seems that they disabled the stability control for unknown reasons.

Uhm, yes Chris. I was referring to the video linked by “SIvad” in the message I replied to:

This was organized by a German magazine.

Yes Braben, that was my error..I replied to the wrong thread…I removed my post after I realized it.

Slvad…not really. The i3 held the road way better than expected and Erin made comments about that often. She even made a statement that the an M5 would be in the weeds….weight has a lot to do with that. The i3 is light

Driving this car on wet roads is a criminal thing to do since it can not stop effectively. The traction is so poor.

Ridiculous statement. It doesn’t perform as well as some other cars if you drive into what is effectively flood water at high speeds but to say it cannot stop effectively is simply not true.

Yes that’s the video I was referring to. Exactly how is that a realistic scenario?

I have a very strong feeling they disabled the DSC in that video which you can do with pulling a fuse or a hack. On the track we did not have that luxury, they car refused to spin our or lose traction…period….end of story.

Alaa no…the i3s traction is pretty darn….prob one the best braking BMWs on the road. No joke

Chris, the i3 hardly stops in comparison to the Tesla. Imagine a Tesla that stops and an i3 is right behind it at a speed of 30 miles that is trying to stop but fails and hits the Tesla. Now shall we take of the Tesla cars off the road because they stop in a short distance or do we take of the i3 that fail to stop in the same distance as the Tesla?

I don’t think you can count that video as being legit – not enough details supporting it. I was in the i3 on the track all day, it brakes like it has an anchor digging into the asphalt.

I also drive mine everyday, no issues in the wet.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Presumably the i3’s tires are less likely to hydroplane due to their narrowness?

Maybe BMW has a superior stability system, so if you don’t turn it off, you will be fine.

People who don’t rest result often attack the parameters/fairness of the test. In this particular case I think the results speak for themselves. Naturally it makes sense the heavy models with larger wheel bases and lower centers of gravity will perform best, while lighter vehicles with higher centers of gravity will not perform as well. Seems pretty realistic to me.

I promised my friends over at the Hybrid Shop; “@TheHybridShop is the only full service auto repair diagnostic and maintenance repair shop specifically for hybrid vehicles”, that had Tweeted out your story earlier today that I would post the video for the Chevy Volt EREV Water Troth Test.
3½ feet of water!

Link Goes To Chevrolet Volt Water Trough Test-


Thomas J. Thias