Car News 24 Feb 2016

BMW’s Fuel-Cell Powered i8 Unveiled!

BMW’s Fuel-Cell Powered i8 Unveiled!

BMW has revealed an experimental BMW i8 supercar, reworked as a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

 The futuristic-looking prototype is considered to be one of the most advanced research vehicles to date and could provide few clues as to how BMW’s future i models might look.

Even though the vehicle is based on the i8 model it features significant styling alterations, such as a new, square-cut coachwork, redesigned headlights and kidney grille and a larger set of air intakes to feed radiators situated below.

The unnamed car relies on carbonfibre construction to keep its weight down, and the petrol-electric hybrid system of the current i8 has been replaced by a hydrogen fuel cell.

No further details have been released, but according to BMW  filling up the hydrogen tank will take ‘approximately’ the same time as refuelling a petrol/diesel engine and customers will be able to expect a range of 300 miles or greater.

BMW claims the car puts out 242bhp and manages a 0-62mph in less than 6 seconds, at a top speed of 124mph.

 

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