Watch BMW i8 Race Porsche 996 Turbo, BMW M3 And Others


A rolling start race, giving us some rather interesting showdowns & results.

In this video, we get to see an interesting set of races performed by a tuned BMW i8. While many races are done from a standing start, for this one, the organizers went with a bit more unusual rolling start version of the drag racing showdown. The vehicle that is featured in all of the drag races is a PP Performance tuned BMW i8. The plug-in hybrid from the German car maker features a unique blend of a high-output petrol engine and an electric motor, powering all four wheels.

BMW developed this powertrain specifically for the i8. It uses a combination of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine and a set of highly efficient electric motors, powering all four wheels of this vehicle. The combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8. The 96 kW/131 hp electric drive, on the other hand, joins in the power generation and provides traction for the front wheels. Together, this combination yields a power rating of 374 hp and 570 Nm of torque. In turn, this combination allows for an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

In stock form, the i8 will sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.2 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h) However, thanks to an ECU tune by the German tuner, the BMW i8 seen in the video below now delivers a combined output of 390 horsepower from its 1-5 liter petrol engine an electric motor. While not that much more than OEM horsepower levels, it should help the i8 battle cars like the Porsche 996 Turbo (570HP), BMW M3 E92 (446HP), BMW 1M Coupe (500HP) and a Chevrolet Corvette C6 Cabrio LS3 (436HP).

You can grab a full view of the drag races in the video above.

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9 Comments on "Watch BMW i8 Race Porsche 996 Turbo, BMW M3 And Others"

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Not bad considering the other cars have 2 to 4x the engine displacement of the i8. I saw a video of the i8 vs model S from 100-150mph, they were very close. The i8 can easily cruise at 120mph on the autobahn without effort.

It is a beautiful car, too bad the EV range is so terrible.

Strange to see these laid-back starts, so, obviously not using launch control.

Just have to add, you have to see the i8 in person. Pictures do not do it justice.

I’m not sure why the i8 is considered much of a competitor to anything in its price point. It’s hardly an electric car for one and it borrows a 3 cylinder from mini cooper with piped in fake sound. It’s rather embarrassing to drive in a car that looks the part and is slower than many 4 door sedans with gobs of luggage room and are twice as quick 0-60 (P100D). Four seconds to sixty is so 1990’s. My question to BMW is, when are you actually going to make a real electric vehicle with a large battery pack so people don’t have to deal with 2 cylinder backups that sound like a lawnmower is following you and when will they admit they make slow cars to sixty.

You have to look at what you get for the money. All other CFRP hybrid exotic cars like the P1, 918, La Ferrari are $1 million + vehicles. So if you could get one with a much smaller engine but the same technology and exotic sports car format, you would see that $150K is a bargain. Like I said, drive through Beverly Hills, and the Tesla is as common as a Camry. The i8 still looks exotic driving down the street. And for some owners, that is priceless. They seek exclusivity.

Also, look at this video of the previous i8 vs the previous P90D Ludicrous Model S. After the initial 0-60 blast, you will see the Tesla speed advantage gaps gets diminished until the i8 eventually catches it speed-wise around 250kmh.

Here is the chart showing the speed differential of the video run above.

So yes, at a higher speed roll-on, the little 3 cylinder engine i8 will pull just as hard as the Tesla, The i8 will definitely handle cruising the autobahn at 150mph far better than the Tesla. So as slow as people think the 18 is, its fast enough for most people.

Why do you always use a P 90 D comparison and not the P 100 D? Is it because you were afraid the car will destroy your numbers? Obviously the P 90 D which was yesterday’s technology in the Tesla Road still destroyed your fancy little BMW. And asked for cruising at 120 miles an hour on the autobahn, since we are talking about electric cars here, how long do you suppose that I can maintain that kind of speed as a full electric? There’s many gas cars that can easily cruise the autobahn, but then again they are gas cars and this is the website for electric vehicles. We should not be praising anything with a very small battery and has a large fuel tank with a gasoline engine on a website such as this. Let’s just admit that the Tesla P 100 D will destroy that i8 all over the place

Regarding comments of the 2 cyl sounding like a lawn mower, I drive an i3 Rex and totally disagree since the Rex is barely audible so much so that when it first happened I wasn’t even aware of it running.
I think a minimal 2 cyl back up in the rear is ideal compared to more conventional front multi cylinder layouts with full length exhaust systems like the Volt and Mitsubishi.

So what do you tell people that run that tiny puny little range extender trying to go up a hill and can’t go any faster than 40 miles an hour because I can’t even keep up with trying to charge the high voltage battery, it’s true look it up if you don’t believe it and don’t deny it