Simply electric

The BMW i8 plug-in petrol-electric hybrid has stunning styling and technology. By Samuel Ee

THE performance hybrid is not a new concept but the BMW i8 has pushed the envelope and created a car that breaks new ground in the areas of design and construction. This stunningly styled 2+2 coupe is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid sports car that has the power of a conventional high-performance model but the fuel consumption of a compact car.

As a first step, the i8 has a lightweight body, one utilising aluminium and carbon fibre instead of a conventional steel structure. A carbon fibre reinforced...

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