"With its i8, BMW goes on a radical program of weight saving to make modern cars fast and efficient. Dan Neil says this approach will change all the cars we'll drive in the near future."

For those who may not know, Dan Neil is an automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, AutoWeek and Car and Driver.

Neil is well respected among automotive journalists.

His take is that BMW's i8 weight-saving measures, mostly through extensive use of carbon fiber, will change the automobiles we'll drive in the near future.  Neil believes that BMW pioneered the use of the material in mass production, but other automakers will soon follow suit.  If true, then BMW, with both the i8 and i3, is blazing a path for the future of automobiles.