EVO Wonders If BMW i8 Is “The Future Of The Performance Car?” – Video


“The BMW i8 represents a significant shift in the way people view hybrid sports cars. Henry Catchpole takes a look at the recent history of hybrid and electric cars, and ponders what the future holds for the performance car.”

Ever wondered how the i8 works? Here is an Interesting animation on how it does.

Ever wondered how the i8 works? Here is an Interesting animation on how it does.

States the video’ description.

So, is it the future of the performance car? We think it highly likely.

Recently, Motor Trend questioned if “i” is the new “M” (More on that here)

Seemingly everyone who tests out the i8 goes absolutely crazy for it.

For what the i8 is designed to do, what is not to like? PHEV technology truly gives you the best of both worlds, such as the mind-blowing power and the even more incredible efficiency, giving you a ~25 mile range on pure electric and 136 mile per gallon rating. The price might be a bit debatable though at ~ $136,000.

Check out the video above, which is actually more of a documentary for plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles, for details and shots of the i8.

Do not try this at home!

Do not try this at home!

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19 Comments on "EVO Wonders If BMW i8 Is “The Future Of The Performance Car?” – Video"

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Based on current technology, the i8 arrangement is pretty optimal, but it can improve somewhat if they also allow a mechanical link between ICE and wheels, such as exists in Honda Accord PHEV and Chevy Volt

Oops … scratch that … the i8 already has the mechanical link. I was thinking of Fisker

Nope, ggpa, No Direct Mechanical link between the Chevy Volt, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera Extended Range Electric Vehicle, Holden Volt LREV or Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Luxury Coupes’ 1.4L Naturally Aspirated gas Engine and the aforementioned vehicle’s half shafts when in 4th mode of operation!

‘There is no “direct” mechanical linkage between the Volt’s gas engine and the wheels, rather there is an indirect linkage that is accomplished by meshing the power output of the engine with the power output of one of the other two electric motors.’

Andrew Farah, Chief Engineer for the Volt

Via | Plug In America Dot Com/Nick Chambers With Voice Interview of Mr. Farah.

Link Goes To Plug In America Dot Com-



Thomas J. Thias

Sundance Chevrolet Inc. 02/00 14/15




Link In above post goes To Plug in Cars Dot Com Not Plug In America – LOL


If Sound Cloud link of Farah/Chambers stutters I have a direct link here-

Ling Goes To Sound Cloud- November, 10-12-2010-




Thomas … You are welcome to think the mechanical link between the Volt ICE and the wheels is “indirect”. Because it does pass through a planetary gearset.

But for consistency, you should assume the same for the Prius or Ford hybrid.

ggpa, until you have Lisened to the full 11 minute audio interview of Andrew Farah, Chief Engineer for the Volt by Plug In Cars Dot Com Journalis, Nick Chambers that I posted above and listened until you understand the GM Voltec Tech enjoy your 8-Track Tape Type gas guzzlers and have a nice day! LOL

My Volt Stats- Robust All Electric Driving!

36,423 Miles

97% EV

675 Lifetime Lifetime Miles driven Vs Gas Burned

Bout a Buck A Day Electric – Savin’ $200 a Month In Fuel after My Buck a Day Electric



Thomas J. Thias

Really? An 8-track insult?

The Volt drive is an elegant and effective engineering solution that merits praise in its own right for how it functions. Just about everyone agrees with that.

But from an engineering perspective this direct/indirect thing is more of a semantics argument cooked up by marketing and reinforced by Farah to keep hapless salesmen with pompous names ginned up.

Try to take it up a notch, at least for the sake of the engineering community who actually understand how it works.

There are many other source that refuse this. I am sure you think they are all wrong.

How does it benefit you to ignore one of the best features of the Voltec design?

The difference is that Prius and Ford system can power the wheel “directly” through a set of planetary gearsets.

Volt engine can NOT do it alone without the main traction motor spinning. That small difference makes the Volt somewhat “indirect” where the Synergy drive and energi drives “direct”…

ModernMarvelFan, on a Prius the traction motor also spins when the engine runs, this is how the transmission change ratios. If you use google you can find many sites explaining parallel hybrid modes work in Prius, Ford, Volt etc.

And this mode gives the best MPG. Which is why it also exists in the new 2016 Volt.


Thanks for posting this video, Mike!

Best review of the wide range of platforms of the surging Global Electric Fueled Vehicle Industry.

#EVs1stWave, #EVs2ndWave and coming,#EVs3rdWave.

Henry Catchpole of EVO Magazine leaves out a bunch but keeps it tight and short from EVs From 100 years ago to the current Renault Twizy BEV, driving the BMWi 8 then up to the McLaren P1 SuperCar/HyperCar PHEV!

Well done Henry!


Thomas J. Thias

Sundance Chevrolet Inc.



The i8 isn’t the future of performance cars, it is the present. The future of performance will be BEVs. In the near future the i8 or any performance car will not need to lug around an ICE and gas tank when battery density increases.

Art on wheels! I can’t afford it but neither can I Michelangelo’s David, and yet it still makes me happy.

Excellent overview of today and what is to come..we are moving into a new era of transportation…finally!

Why does a top of the line performance car need a gas engine? I don’t get this at all. Am I missing something here?

Yes you are. There aren’t batch-3 superchargers everywhere, let alone original-power superchargers.

Because a true sports car should be able to do more than race between red lights, like handle sustained high speed and lap round a race track multiple times. I’m convinced they’ll get there eventually, but there’s a long way to go still.

Like all hybrids the primary motive power for spirited driving and racing around the track comes from the engine. The battery is there to smooth out the engine power demand curve by limiting the peaks and valleys.

The fact that it goes a few miles on battery only is mainly to discretely travel back and forth from your hotel to the track! Or something similar like going to the store for milk…