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, testingwas hindered by a crash on the A 92 highway near Freising, Germany. Even with aprofessional test driver behind the wheel, a combination of rain and speedcaused the hybrid i8 to skid off the road, apparently hitting a guard rail.
With its two engines, the i8 is expected to deliver 362horsepower 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 acceleratefrom 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 oneafter today.