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      11-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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BMW i3 v BMW M3 drag race

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THE UK launch of the BMW i3 call it the German take on the electric car saw groups of journalists driving out to ex-F1 circuit Brands Hatch in a fleet of brand new i3s.

When we got there, we were unleashed on the track.

In an unexpected twist, BMW lined up professional instructors in a pair of V8-powered M3s, the idea being that wed drag-race them from a standing start to 60mph, the classic Sweeney traffic-light test.

In the clip here, we opened up the windows of the i3 and filmed out of the driver window.

Apart from the wonderful theatre of the M3 V8, which howls gloriously, you can see that the i3 stays ahead initially because its wall of immediately available torque, delivered with no gear changes and crossed with low kerb weight, makes it a true super-car baiter in the 0-40mph stakes.

The M3, initially bogged down by its higher weight and inertia, settles into its stride and eventually takes the i3, but only in the 50-60mph segment.

The day before, on a sopping wet track, the i3 gripped better and beat the M3 all the way to the chequered flag. One of my colleagues disbelieved the result and asked to drive the M3 for himself, having accused BMW of under-driving the M3.

He lost!

Source: http://www.businesscarmanager.co.uk/...-m3-drag-race/
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      11-08-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Oh no the lack of torque on the M3 will come up again.....
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      11-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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Oh no the lack of torque on the M3 will come up again.....
Spot on
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      11-08-2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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I hate battery powered cars.
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Lol! What I love about this is you don't have to give up your BMW douche moves! You can gun it at any stop light and still get ahead of almost anything, cut them off and make a right or left turn at the next street. Perfect!
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Lol! What I love about this is you don't have to give up your BMW douche moves! You can gun it at any stop light and still get ahead of almost anything, cut them off and make a right or left turn at the next street. Perfect!
Hahahaha
So true
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The M3 had like 10% traction on 1st gear. Looked like no tires + wet
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Lol! What I love about this is you don't have to give up your BMW douche moves! You can gun it at any stop light and still get ahead of almost anything, cut them off and make a right or left turn at the next street. Perfect!
Or be tailgated the rest of the way lol
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I hate battery powered cars.
Butt hurt M3 owners are so funny.

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no launch control ?
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Haha. Hilarious! The M3 sounds amazing, but it definitely needs more torque.
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Would be fun pissing off AMG-Audi folks at lights! Didn't realize the I3 could throw down like that.
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Butt hurt M3 owners are so funny.





Even threatened by an i3. What's left?
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Haha. Hilarious! The M3 sounds amazing, but it definitely needs more torque.
I'm sure the M4 will fix that quick
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Nothing to do with torque....M3 had no traction.
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So impressive!

But that M3 sounds sooooooo amazing...
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Pssh. Civic M3. Bring a real ZCP M3 to drags and race it again!
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It's not a torque issue per-say, it's more a fact that electric powered vehicles have all their power from the launch. There is no "building" it up like a has engine.
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It's not a torque issue per-say, it's more a fact that electric powered vehicles have all their power from the launch. There is no "building" it up like a has engine.

Exactly. Electric cars have 100% torque off the line. Turbo is very close to that (once spooled up).
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