BMW i8 Malfunctions While Lapping Nurburgring – Video


BMW i8 Nurburgring

BMW i8 Nurburgring

A pre-production BMW i8 experienced technical issues during some testing at the Nürburgring.

The video above was reportedly recorded on March 11, prior to the BMW i8 entering production.  We believe BMW testers were in the process of conducting final testing on the i8 prior to it getting production status.

As the video uploader states:

“During the Industry pool on April 11 2014 BMW was testing with this i8. At one point the car rolled by really slowly and pulled over at the side of the track, seemingly broken down. I think there were some problem with the brakes, since the driver was constantly using the brake pedal while being stationary. After about 15 minutes he drove off really slowly. I think it wasn’t a major problem because I later saw him driving around the village of Nürburg again, but it shows again that all the development work manufacturers put into their cars isn’t for nothing!”

So, whatever the issue was, it seems to have been minor.  More importantly, BMW experienced the malfunction and presumably corrected the issue before the i8 entered production, which means this isn’t something that i8 buyers will encounter.  That’s what pre-production testing is for.

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8 Comments on "BMW i8 Malfunctions While Lapping Nurburgring – Video"

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You didn’t see that when Tesla Models S did it.

Haven’t seen any ring lap times for the S yet, however I do not think the Tesla would have any chance of keeping up with the i8 on the ring: the top speed will be maxed out several places and the Tesla would eventually overheat and go into limp mode.

Glad that wasn’t too exciting.

On a side note, Pandora is running audio spots on the i3, as a first indication of how BMW is positioning the car in U.S. media.

At least it was the most efficient malfunction.

Strong point!

The shape of malfunctions to come…

Srsly? Maybe he got call from his mother? Maybe he had to adjust his gloves? Maybe he had to pee into his catheter?

Welcome to world of assumption reporting by bystanders.

Yeah, need to leave that reporting to Fox News.
They make great points, well if they were true.