Wednesday, November 27, 2013
BMW i5 to launch before 2015
The expansion of the BMW i family will continue in the next decade. BMW has already registered the trademark for the i1 through i9 models, …
The expansion of the BMW i family will continue in the next decade. BMW has already registered the trademark for the i1 through i9 models, with the next variant to emerge under the electric sub-brand by 2015.
The BMW i5 is rumored to be more family friendly, with extra cabin and trunk space. Autocar UK says that BMW engineers think that by adding just 100mm of extra legroom and another 150mm of rear overhang, they can create a spacious family EV hardly longer than a MINI Countryman.
Creating the i5 is potentially a much cheaper and simpler operation than stretching a conventional steel monocoque car, as the i3 uses a separate chassis. Lengthening it is mostly a matter of extending the chassis’s longitudinal aluminum extrusions. Also extending the pillarless passenger cell is mainly a case of stretching the roof and floor sections. Only the rear door structure would have to be completely re-engineered, although the hinge and clamp systems would be unchanged.
It remains unknown at the moment whether the BMW i5 will come with a more powerful electric engine, but it will most likely feature a range-extender unit as well.
The car is scheduled to debut in 2015.
Monday, November 25, 2013
AutomobileMag 2014 Design of the Year:
U.S. magazine AutomobileMag names the BMW i8 as the 2014 Design Of The Year. The upcoming BMW i8 made its debut, in concept form, back …
U.S. magazine AutomobileMag names the BMW i8 as the 2014 Design Of The Year.
The upcoming BMW i8 made its debut, in concept form,back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Since then, the hybrid sportscar went through a series of iterationsbefore settling on the production design. The car sits on a long wheelbase and it has short overhangs, a typical BMW design feature. The front appears extremely low and wide, and the super hybrid went through an extensive aerodynamic optimization. At the same time, the flat, but prominent double kidney grill makes this vehicle’s origins clear. A V-shaped ‘black belt’ starts on the bonnet and dynamically wraps around the bodyshell to the rear.
Viewed from the side, the exaggerated wedge shape, the long drawn-out lines and the flat silhouette underscore the dynamics and looks of a supercar. From the front to the rear, the car has a very dynamic, three-dimensional appearance. Surfaces and lines overlap and interlock, a method known as ‘layering’. This joins all the surfaces harmoniously and allows compact and unbelievably agile look. Its monolithic appearance lends the BMW i8 its extraordinarily powerful stature.
The special sports car aspect of the BMW i8 is unmistakeable after just a glance at the spectacular scissor doors. The prominent scissor doors swing upwards when opened.
The layering principle applies inside the car as well where the designed managed to create a synergy between functionality and clear form. All elements are light and dynamically positioned. The equipment lines ‘Carpo’ and ‘Neso’ employ the particularly light leather ‘Spheric’. This material, used for the first time in a series-production vehicle, is over 20 per cent lighter than regular leather. Lightweight construction is implemented visually; for example, the visible carbon elements in the door sill highlight its low weight.
It retains the typical BMW driver orientation with the center console aligned towards the driver. All the instruments and signs in the digital instrument panel, with its two large displays, are simple to use. The iDrive Controller is conveniently located on the center console that optically bisects the vehicle.
Here is an excerpt from the AutomobileMag feature:
It has been almost six decades since the world market was offered a fully realized “car of the future,” available to anyone holding the modest sum requested. That was the Citroën DS19, which embodied many of the then-radical features that have become commonplace now. We see the i8 as the contemporary equivalent of that milestone car. The $136,625 BMW represents the kind of luxury/performance vehicle that will be quite common at all price levels in 2074. It sets a new standard for everyday automobiles and is much less extreme in both cost and performance than LaFerrari and the Porsche 918, but it is just as efficient and dazzling in its capabilities.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
BMW Concept 9 Series GT
Rendering artist Marius Bucan-Nicola creates the BMW 9 Series GT, a modern interpretation of a Gran Turismo.
The BMW 9 Series GT is a concept meant to illustrate what a top BMW “Gran Turismo” might look like, a true competitor in the category of exclusive, two-seat coupes dominated by the Mercedes SLS, Aston Martin ONE77, as well as the Ferrari F12Berlinetta. This epitomizes an exclusive niche, in which consistency and prevalence are given by the prestige and performances intrinsically linked to the uniqueness and character brought by the “DNA” of the brand, in which experiments lacking sustainability do not fit.
Ideally sportiness should not exclude elegance as well as design styling should not filter elements of innovation. But rather a subtle way can create a vision in the brand’s design. Using these premises, the first sketches I created are not typical to a car designer in the sense that from the very beginning I preferred a realistic approach to design. In the early creative stages, this approach can be itself a serious barrier to free imagination but the architectural formation was decisive to define the way of styling expression. Paying attention to proportions I tried to give personality to the concept with a dynamic sense discreetly accompanied by an exclusive touch.
The car’s silhouette is dominated by an elongated bonnet, which closes up a powerful 6 litersV12 engine, situated in the back of the front axle, connected to a gearbox in front of the back axle. The generous wheelbase, the short overhangs and the low driving position, provide the ideal mass distribution which favors excellent dynamic performances. From the profile, the impression of power is accentuated by the wheels with impressive 21″ wheels. The prominent passage line of the wheel arches wings are aerodynamically inspired by the details of the coupes from GT races.
The tense curves of the “bone line” give the car a subtle yet dynamics and forceful line. The sportiness and agility are also emphasized by the base of the side sills, downwardly splayed from back to front. Besides the functional aerodynamics role, the double-blade side expansion slots do bring a certain dramatic effect. That, together with the outline of the lateral windows frame, including the BMW “hofmeister knick” trademark, determine finally the character of this coupe.
The front-end develops around the unmistakable BMW kidney grille, slightly tilted upfront in a shark style traditional to the brand. The bold look is completed by the well-known headlights with sharp edged details and opening slots which make one think of procrastinated aggression. In the same manner, the lower area has the central grid surrounded by daytime running lights, combined with the air intakes for brakes cooling. The design of the bonnet relies on the language applied by BMW to most of their latest models. The lines running from the front wheel wings to the engine continue with down the front A-pillars. Together with roof line and the C-pillars at the rear, they form a unitary design, becoming one with the car allure. The relative narrow rear windscreen, the see-through spherical roof and the very tilted front windscreen form a homogeneous, stained glass- like surface which once again accentuates the aerodynamic profile of the coupe.
The width of the rear are emphasized by the horizontal line of the narrow back lights, bearing the trademark L- shape design, integrated as LED bulbs which, while driving, give the impression of incandescent metal. The short trunk, aerodynamically designed closes up the volume of this concept in a sporty style.
All throughout the creation and design stages I have sought to produce strong features, without unnecessary exaggerations. Although the design can described as sensual, the overall package is inspired by BMW and German engineering. Think about the timeless look of the 60s coupes (Ferrari Daytona or the original Maserati Ghibli), whose appeal will always fascinate everyone. I’m searching to achieve a perfect balance between innovation and styling with not just a sportiness approach but also an elegant driving presence. It’s about the passion combined with classical BMW proportions in a postmodernist shape.
The design is mainly about energy and in this case the sensation given by a summer stormy rain which served also as an inspiration for those sketches. I uploaded an inspirational slideshow with a superb soundtrack single “Rain” by MARA from “In Love with Love” album (available atwww.kultstudio.ro) whom I want to thank in this way again for her kindness to accompany the concept with her wonderful voice.
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