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TRAGEDY! (Ok, It's Just a Fender-Bender, but Still - It's an i8!)

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A prototype of BMW’s breathtaking i8 hybrid electric sports car is crashed by a test driver on a German highway

Four years after the original unveiling of the i8 concept, it seems BMW just can't get this car into actual production. This time, testing was hindered by a crash on the A 92 highway near Freising, Germany. Even with a professional test driver behind the wheel, a combination of rain and speed caused the hybrid i8 to skid off the road, apparently hitting a guard rail.

With its two engines, the i8 is expected to deliver 362 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque when it finally goes to production later this year. Of those ponies, 131 will originate from its electric engine, which will also produce 184 lb-ft of torque. Power from the mid-mounted engine will be sent to the rear wheels, while the electric engine will propel the front set. With a top speed of 155 mph and the ability to accelerate from 0-62 in just 4.4 seconds, it no surprise that this test driver got a little bit too enthusiastic on the job. That is, if he still has one after today.

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