It gets more power and sheds weight in the process.
The i8 has been BMW's premier hybrid sports car since 2014, and with production coming to an end, we've seen numerous special editions rolling off the production line. But the legend of the i8 is far from over, as aftermarket tuners have taken to the platform in a big way, and are delivering some wild creations. Take the vehicle you see in front of you. What started out as a standard car has been turned into a full-blown Procar by Swiss tuner EDO Motorsport.
This car got the full treatment, including engine modifications, a serious-looking aero kit, and a significant weight reduction, all in the name of maximum performance and record-breaking lap times.
The original idea was to produce a safety car, but the end result was a full-blown Procar with over 170,000 Euros spent on modifications, but as is true with most builds, this project is a continuous evolution, and EDO is constantly improving the setup as a whole. From the exterior, we can see a massive GT3 wing which generates 200 kg of downforce. A broad rear diffuser closes the underbody, and there's a lightweight single-exit exhaust jutting out the right-hand side.
This i8 weighs almost 90 pounds less than the standard car without the driver, and the end goal for EDO Motorsport is to improve on the i8's current Blister Berg lap time record of 1:50 minutes, which the car accomplished with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. A lap time of 1:48 is in its sights, which would place this car at the level of the fastest Porsche 991.2.
The interior has been stripped out, and instead of a traditional roll cage, EDO has stuck with a club sports strut bar. The whole setup sits atop a set of Bilstein coilovers which it shares with the Formula E BMW i8 Safety Car.
Powering this serious machine is the same 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, which has been turned to now produce 490 horsepower and a massive 656 lb-ft of torque, thanks to larger turbochargers. A larger battery pack also increases the electric motor output to 166 hp. Additional upgrades include forged wheels with wider tires and a 90% carbon fiber body which weighs 44 pounds less than the standard combination of aluminum and plastic. This is one of the meanest-looking i8s we've seen in a long time.