CLEVER. INNOVATIVE. EFFICIENT.

Aerodynamics and energy management.

CLEVER. INNOVATIVE. EFFICIENT.

Aerodynamics and energy management.

Every BMW has BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as the Automatic Start/Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration or Electric Power Steering as standard features. Combining to provide intelligent energy management, these technologies are already ensuring sustainable mobility today. In particular, the aerodynamically optimised design achieves further impressive effects to deliver more dynamics and efficiency.

CLEVER. INNOVATIVE. EFFICIENT.Aerodynamics and energy management.

Every BMW has BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as the Automatic Start/Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration or Electric Power Steering as standard features. Combining to provide intelligent energy management, these technologies are already ensuring sustainable mobility today. In particular, the aerodynamically optimised design achieves further impressive effects to deliver more dynamics and efficiency.

AERODYNAMIC MEASURES.

Small details, great benefits.

Good ideas don’t always have to be complicated. Thanks to targeted aerodynamic measures such as air vent control, the active rear spoiler or the Air Curtain in the front apron, your BMW is able to achieve an optimised drag coefficient. This has a positive effect on efficiency and driving stability while also reducing the noise level in the cabin. See for yourself.

Active rear spoiler.

As speed increases, there is a rise in the forces acting on the body of the vehicle. At a speed of 110 km/h, the active rear spoiler extends automatically. Drag is reduced, roadholding is optimised, lift on the rear axles is decreased. In addition, fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions are reduced. At a speed of 70 km/h, the rear spoiler retracts automatically.

Air Curtain.

While you control your vehicle, the Air Curtain controls the airstream. This is because it reduces the air resistance of the body in an astonishingly simple, yet highly effective way. Its narrowing channels speed up the airstream and guide it past the wheels. This reduces the air turbulence in the wheel housings and decreases the drag due to the body as well as the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Air vent control.

The air vent control knows when engine, brakes and other components need air and automatically opens the air vents. If no further air intake is required, it closes them again. This improves aerodynamics, and fuel consumption falls.

Air Blade.

The Air Blade is a sharp-edged extension of the C-pillar that separates the air flow and thus reduces the wake behind the vehicle. This lowers the aerodynamic drag at the rear, which in turn reduces both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Aero wheel rims.

Flow-optimised aero wheel rims in Turbine styling are an easy match against the wind. They guide the airflow optimally along the sides of the vehicle and thus enhance the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

Air Breather.

You accelerate. You’re moving faster and faster. But you still cannot detect any air resistance. This is because the Air Breather channels the air on the front wheels. It reduces turbulence on the wheel housings and breaks down the air swirls. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are decreased.

AERODYNAMICS IN THE BMW i8.

The BMW i8 is characterised by its streamlined bodyshell, a striking conical shape and low weight. They clearly prove the BMW i8 a thoroughbred sports car. An array of aerodynamically optimised features ensures that maximum dynamics and optimum efficiency are achieved at the same time. One example of this can be seen in the LED rear lights created with the layering design principles and constructed as air channels through which the airstream flows.

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 2.1
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 49
Combined electricity consumption in kWh/100 km: 11.9

INTELLIGENT ENERGY MANAGEMENT.

Economical driving. Unlimited enjoyment.

Innovative technologies such as Electric Power Steering, the ECO PRO mode or Brake Energy Regeneration jointly save energy – and thus ensure more driving pleasure. Here we present these features.

Brake Energy Regeneration.

You press down on the brake. At the same time, energy is produced. Valuable kinetic energy that can be exploited. Brake Energy Regeneration transforms it into electrical energy and uses it to charge the battery instead of letting it dissipate to no effect. Less effort is also required from the engine to charge the battery, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and emissions.

ECO PRO mode.

Concentrate on the driving pleasure. Efficiency is available at the press of a button. The ECO PRO mode permits fuel savings of up to 20 percent, without you having to take any action. Approximately 5 percent of fuel can be saved by means of additional functions. The overall saving is converted into a specific mileage and displayed as a bonus range in the on-board computer. As a result, it is possible to see what distance can still be covered at all times.

Electric Power Steering.

Conventional systems for supporting the driver’s steering power work with hydraulics. They are in permanent operation – even if the driver is not moving the steering wheel at all. And this costs energy. In the case of Electric Power Steering, an electric motor replaces the hydraulics and only becomes active when the driver actually moves the steering wheel. On straight roads or with a constant steering angle in corners, the system does not intervene and uses no energy. Fuel consumption is reduced as a result, while the typical BMW dynamic driving experience is retained.

Bonus range.

The consumption-optimised ECO PRO mode ensures that the accelerator pedal and transmission parameters together with the heating/climate control strategy are all intelligently adapted. ECO PRO tips help you to enhance your own driving behaviour and the Bonus range informs you of how many additional kilometres you have gained by driving with optimised consumption in the ECO PRO mode.

ENERGY-SAVING TECHNOLOGIES FOR EFFICIENT DRIVING PLEASURE.

Different situations demand individual actions. Energy-saving technologies such as the Optimum Shift Indicator or the Automatic Stop/Start function help the driver to choose a better course of action and thus drive more efficiently.

  • Optimum Shift Indicator

    Choosing the right moment to change gear is a key to efficiency. The most efficient gear at any point in time is calculated according to the driving situation together with the engine speed and then shown in the Info Display.
    The system also recognises rapid acceleration and will delay its recommendation accordingly until the engine speed is up. Comparative tests have shown that vehicles with the Optimum Shift Indicator use around 4 percent less fuel.

  • Automatic Start/Stop function

    The Automatic Start/Stop function helps you save fuel effectively. It ensures that fuel is only consumed when the car is moving. When the vehicle comes to a temporary stop, for example at traffic lights or in congested traffic, the Automatic Start/Stop function saves fuel by simply switching off the engine. As soon as the clutch is depressed (manual transmission) or the brake is released (Steptronic transmission), the engine starts up again automatically in a fraction of a second.

  • Tyres with reduced rolling resistance

    On the highway. In the city. Everywhere. Wherever you drive, your tyres are constantly subjected to powerful forces during driving. During contact with the road, their shape changes. This deformation is only reversed when there is no more road contact. Tyres with reduced rolling resistance employ special materials to reinforce the tread and sidewalls which decrease flexing compared to conventionally designed tyres. This noticeably reduces fuel consumption and emissions.