BMW i8 Assembly – Video

JUL 4 2014 BY STAFF 1

BMW takes us to the Leipzig plant where the new BMW i8 is being assembled. The behind the scenes videos give us a closer look at how BMW i8 is being built, from the body shop to the assembly and the dyno test.

The innovative vehicle architecture of the BMW i8 comprises two elements: the Life module, the passenger cell made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the aluminum Drive module, which incorporates the entire drivetrain and chassis technology. The LifeDrive concept and use of CFRP allows production times to be cut by half compared to those required for an equivalent car built along conventional lines. The process is less investment intensive as the high costs required for a conventional press shop and paint shop are no longer an issue and the Life and Drive modules can be manufactured alongside one another.

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The BMW i production network comprises a plant in Moses Lake, Washington State, for the carbon fiber production and a plant in Wackersdorf for the processing into carbon fiber laminates. Both these facilities are operated by SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (ACF), a joint venture set up by the BMW Group and the SGL Group. They are joined by the BMW Group’s own plants in Dingolfing, Landshut and Leipzig.

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Pity this car isn’t $50,000. If it were I’d seriously consider getting one. And I honestly don’t care much about the ICE, or fast it is. I’d be driving it as an EV every day. I wish they had one that was more EV and less ICE (sort of like the i3 Rex)… That would be more to my taste.