BMW i8 Hot Lap Driven With Formula E CEO – Video

NOV 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 5

BMW i8: Official FIA Formula E Qualcomm Safety Car, Season 2015/2016

BMW i8: Official FIA Formula E Qualcomm Safety Car, Season 2015/2016

CEO of FIA Formula E, Alejandro Agag, took the opportunity to test drive the BMW i8 safety car at the Beijing ePrix.

With help of safety car driver Bruno Correia, Agag did a hot lap and tasted the inner city race track.

In the previous season, Agag tested the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, although having just one demo unit he drove it carefully so as to not crash.

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finecadmin

But… but… the Toyota Mirai was a pace car! A pace car!!!

mr. M

a snail pace car?

Djoni

Hot lap?
Because of the heat expelle by the engine probably?

Murrysville EV

Well, that was boring.

pjwood1

There’s always Chris Harris’ test:

“throttle trim” mid-turn was a criticism. In all the Tesla debates, reawakening the HP vs. Torque thing, I always did feel high-gear (low RPM) driving was more of a torque thing, like an EV fundamentally behaves. Instructors teach it. Then, there are those “Do I use second, or third” turns, where second gets you much closer to an engine’s HP spike, and “trimming” the tail out/in becomes perhaps too easy.

Since the I8 is being held a “track car”, by some, it exposes something fundamental to all PHEV/EVs, I think. That is that, FBOW, the throttle is unlikely ever to be described as “buzz-saw, punchy” (Imagine a 500cc 2-stroke, in the extreme). Traction, to trim the car, will continue to be broken by torque, or instead by the engine, where we aren’t really looking at much of a PHEV anyway (918).