BMW i8 Production Now Underway – Detailed Images
The BMW i8 is now rolling down the production line in Germany.
As is always the case, production will initially move slowly so that BMW can work out any kinks, but still it’s our pleasure to announce that one more plug-in vehicle is now officially in production.
BMW released several detailed images of the i8 production process and include an 8-page PDF (link below) highlighting the unique assembly of the i8. Here’s a snippet of that PDF:
“The CFRP passenger cell makes its way from the body shop to the assembly where, on the BMW i8 assembly line, its customer-specific equipment is fitted. At the same time, the engine components are pre-assembled on the drivetrain line. This is the final step before the ‘marriage’, during which the CFRP passenger cell and the aluminum chassis are bonded together. The two units are also bolted together at four points. The result is optimal stiffness and strength. Only then is the BMW i8 given its final exterior skin.”
“The assembly line for the BMW i8 comprises a total of 14 work cycles. In a last step, the sports car makes it way to the finishing shop together with the i3 and the other BMW vehicles built in Leipzig, where comprehensive quality controls are performed.”
“At 20 hours, the total processing time in the body shop and on the assembly line is only half of what would be required in a conventional production process. This is due to the parallel assembly processes and the fact that the CFRP structure comprises fewer parts.”
The BMW i8 will go on sale in Germany and then parts of Europe almost immediately after it rolls off the line. US-bound BMW i8s should arrive in either June or July.
8 page detailed PDF on the BMW i8 production process.