Bright green paint with lashings of Alcantara are an interesting combo.
Alcantara was developed in the early 1970s by a Japanese scientist called Miyoshi Okamoto. A joint venture was then formed with an Italian chemical company, and Alcantara SpA was created to manufacture and distribute the material. That company is still headquartered in Milan, Italy, and the factory that produces the material is not far from Rome. It's a grippy and hard-wearing material that's, essentially, a heavily textured blend of polyester and polyurethane. Its exact composition is a closely guarded secret, though. Alcantara's most popular use is in sports cars and, to highlight that, Alcantara has teamed up with BMW for a one-off project called the BMW i8 Roadster LimeLight Edition.
BMW's hybrid sports car has been around for almost ten years now, and while its crisp lines and styling aren't showing its age, the lime green paint job here is going to split opinions in the comments. It's on the inside where you find all the Alcantara, and very little has been left uncovered. The lime-colored Alcantara material used for highlighting was developed by Alcantara's design department, complete with laser perforations to create a design inspired by the BMW logo. Adding to the luxury sports theme is carbon-fiber accents and BMW's blue lighting effects.
Part of the reason for the collaboration between BMW and Alcantara is to highlight BMW's commitment to electrification and in celebration of the fact that Alcantara has a net CO2 balance of zero. Alcantara SpA was the first Italian industrial company, and one of the first in the world, to achieve a Carbon Neutrality status back in 2009 and has maintained that status since. BMW is also keen to let people know that the LimeLight Edition has a reduced environmental impact with the ability to reach its top speed of 155 mph with only 46g of CO2 produced per 0.6 miles (1 kilometer).