Journalist Flips BMW i8

JUN 30 2015 BY STAFF 31

BMW i8 Flipped

BMW i8 Flipped (via WreckedExotics)

This is one of the first serious BMW i8 crashes. According to a Facebook post, this BMW i8 flipped over in Mexico City during a test drive by a local journalist. No information was released on the cause of the crash or injuries.

Judging by the photos, there is likely damage to the carbon fiber frame which will automatically total the car. Even without the frame damage, a potential owner would have likely fought with the insurance company for a total loss claim.

BMW i8 Flipped

BMW i8 Flipped (via Wrecked Exotics)

Last April, a BMW i8 in Crystal White Pearl was involved in a serious crash on the German Autobahn where the driver of a BMW i8 could not brake in time and crashed into the rear of the Audi A3, which then spun in the opposite guardrail. The car was a total loss as well.

*Editor’s Note: This post appears on BMWBLOG. Check it out here.

Hopefully this is one of the last i8 crashes we will see, considering how rare and special the car is, it’s a shame to see them finding their way into a junk yard.

BMW i8 Flipped

BMW i8 Flipped (via Wrecked Exotics)

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Wow.. I would think it would be hard to flip such a low riding car. Oh, and also, I can see a big disadvantage to those type of doors in this situation. That makes it a lot harder to get out of the car when upside-down.

Same for the Falcon doors.

I don’t think the falcon doors would suffer this issue as one hinge would still work. Actually it would probably be better than a traditional car door for extraction on roll over. ( Hinge is facing up now so easier access if Jaws of life are needed. )

Not falcon but gull wing, falcon wing doors have 2 hinges, one at the side and one at the top. If you land on the top the one on the side opens. Ff you land on the side, you can’t exit through the door on the ground, but the one facing upwards, like in any other car. That is the big advantage of falcon wing over gull wing doors. The Mercedes SLS even had explosive bolts, to deal with this problem.

Seems to me the Falcon wing doors could be a problem in a rollover. The hinges your refer to would not let you out if car was on its lid. They hinge inward as upper section rises. They do not go outward which is what you would want were you trapped in a flipped one. The best answer to this problem is for Tesla to have an opener on the hatchback that could be opened manually after a wreck. The battery base of a Tesla makes flips much less likely than in most other cars but if I were Tesla I would make sure that the hatch could be internally opened in the event of a roll.

Even if true the front doors on the model X will open normally. The i8 on the other hand has only the 2 doors.

Jeff Songster said:

“Seems to me the Falcon wing doors could be a problem in a rollover. The hinges your refer to would not let you out if car was on its lid. They hinge inward as upper section rises. They do not go outward which is what you would want were you trapped in a flipped one.”

You’re guessing. You have no idea whether or not the outer/lower set of hinges will allow the door to open outward or not. Given that Tesla has said the doors will have sensors to aid in opening in restricted spaces, it seems more likely that the lower hinges will allow the door to swing either in or out.

Falcon doors are only for the rear seats on the model X, you can still open the driver and passenger front doors as they are normal car doors.

Yes, the low center of gravity, the low wide stance only an idiot could do this.

Except where he got the car sideways at speed. If you get it sideways it will tumble. ???

It looks like he rolled off that little stone cliff.

I didn’t realize how smooth the bottom of an i8 was.

Why wouldn’t it be? Most EV’s are like that. If you want to conserve battery range, you make your car aero. You don’t make a car aero by having a bumpy underside.

Because it also has a 3-cylinder ICE in there. But I guess since the ICE is in the back, they can keep most of the hot pipes back there.

There goes at least $140k down the drain. Might make a good salvage project. :p

So, cracked carbon fiber totals a new i8? I’d guess the impact would have to be severe, and hope even rolling wouldn’t do it.

Calfee does nice carbon work, on broken carbon bikes. There has to be an automotive equivalent that will come along?

What, you’re telling me Calfee do CFRP work? The i8 uses carbon fibre reinforced-plastic, not regular carbon fibre.

“RP” is a way of cheaping-out on using all-carbon. I did not say Calfee would stoop to working on CFRP πŸ˜‰ . What I’m saying is that totaling an i8, because of a cracked frame, will eventually lead to those who will fix it.

Much of the i3-i8 are made from CFRP regular CF.
And are more easy to repair than metal cars are as I do this for a living.
Most of the other lower spec CF in nylon like plastic is on the inside. While not as strong as long fiber, stiffer resin CF, it beats metal.
The real question is why they weigh so much using that overweight alum frame that isn’t needed?

Isn’t the i8 designed like the i3 where you can cut out damaged section of the carbon reinforced safety cell and glue/bond in a new piece?

That was my impression, too.

I wonder how the cost of such repairs compares to the cost of repairing a normal car? Let’s remember that the point at which a car is “totaled” by an insurance company is where the cost of repair equals or exceeds the Blue-Book value of the car, used.

That point may be a different equation for repairing a carbon fiber body.

He is the first journalist to review the bottom of the car!

The roof liner feels very soft and supple when pressed against your face.

Dear InsideEVs staff: If your intent in posting this article was to make me sit in a corner and weep uncontrollably, consider your work done for the day.

So you were the driver? πŸ˜‰

It looks like it was coming out of the trees in the background in the puerta (gate) 2 picture. There is a sharp curve there so unable to make the turn at such a high speed the driver went into the field to the right of the gate tearing part the fence down and then flipping over after hitting into the rocky ditch. Evidence of this later is the ripped back undercarriage.
Totaled for sure.

With more battery capacity mounted in a skateboard configuration, rollovers would not be an issue! πŸ˜‰

Lowest CoG always wins!

The previous owner of this Tesla would strongly disagree. So would the owners of all the other rolled over Teslas that were previously sold by this auctioneer. At any time, there is usually at least one Tesla rollover up for auction.

All else being equal, a car with a very low center of gravity, like the Model S, should have a very low incidence of rollover accidents.

But all else is not equal with a car, when both the advertising and the engineering encourage drivers to drive them as if they’re high-performance sports cars. With that kind of driving commonplace, a high incidence of rollover accidents shouldn’t be at all surprising.

How were they able to manage that?!?!

I’m impressed by how smooth the bottom of the i8 is. Nice.

A journalist was the first to total the Tesla sports car in France. Just plain irresponsible high speed driving, with no care because it isn’t their car (at least in the France case).

You’d think they would at least care about their jobs or their life.