You got that backward. The ICE is just forward of the rear wheels which it drives. One electric motor is just aft of the front wheels which it drives. A second small electric motor is the ICE starter motor and also provides a bit of drive power to the rear wheels while the ICE turbo is spooling up.Ice drives the front wheels, pack drives the rears.
I see plenty A-hole drivers in Nissans, Fords, and Hondas...
It's common to build a car with new features that required a lot of expensive engineering. Our Insight is an example of this that many believe Honda sold at far below its cost. Honda used the Insight to improve its IMA system that was installed in other cars.OOps forgot to say, the car is beautiful, just such an engineering waste of time, why not invest all that engineering into making a car that most can afford.
If you can blatently waste money on a $130k car, fuel MPG is of no concern.
OOps forgot to say, the car is beautiful, just such an engineering waste of time, why not invest all that engineering into making a car that most can afford.
Daughter and I were associated with BMW types for a long time. We actually achieved instructor status at their track days. It is my observation that the study is correct to a considerable degree, and it seems to get worse with the newer, high cost, high bling cars. Wife and I owned two E30s and that was their best car IMO. Not a lot of gadgets and bling - just spectacular handling, great torque, wonderful acceleration and speed, and adequate room for 4. Great car and a better class of owners in those days.I'll just leave this here.
BMW drivers really are jerks, studies find - The Tell - MarketWatch
I don't think it is a waste from BMWs point of view, it is the buyer that's is out of touch with reality. Not worth saving a buck or two of gas a day when you spend 100k+ on a car. There are much better normal cars for a lot less is all.
It's easier to introduce new technologies with few compromises in a high-end car (e.g., Tesla). The i8 uses expensive, lightweight materials throughout the chassis and body (aluminum and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic). The i8 is a high-efficiency, high-performance car competing with the likes of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, not your typical low-performance hybrid. Its all-new lightweight turbocharged 3-cylinder 1.5 liter ICE produces 220 hp which I think is the highest hp/l of any BMW engine. This ICE was obviously designed as a high-performance engine rather than for maximum fuel efficiency.Just puzzling how other auto manufactures can make affordable cars that get good mpg with new technology.