BMW i8 test driver gets stuck in heavy snow during cold weather testing (PICS)

BMW unveiled the 2+2 i8 plug-in hybrid last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show, but it looks like there is still some testing to be done.

Yesterday test driver of the i8 got stuck in heavy snow, when he went off the test road inside BMW’s winter testing facility. The test driver of a BMW 7 Series prototype stopped for help, but couldn’t do much, as the i8 does not have a tow lug at the rear. It only has one at the front. Later heavy machinery came for help, which they use for snowplowing.

Despite not having a tow lug at the rear, the i8 is an impressive sports car, featuring a life module passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and a plug-in hybrid system combining a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, delivering 231bhp and 320Nm of torque and a hybrid synchronous electric motor with 131bhp and 250Nm of torque.

The conventional petrol engine sends power to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the power from the electric motor is sent to the front wheels via a two-stage automatic transmission.

In purely EV mode the range is up to 22 miles and combined power output is 362bhp and 570Nm of torque, enabling the 1,490kg car to accelerate 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, while the combined fuel economy is a very impressive 113 mpg.


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