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      08-15-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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Cool BMW i8 and i3 Caught on Streets of Chicago

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Cars.com recently caught the BMW i8 and i3 concept cars on the streets of Chicago, in the first real life public street pics spotting of BMW's recently revealed EV and hybrid-electric concept cars.

>> Official BMW i8 Concept Info and Details
>> Official BMW i3 Concept Info








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      08-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #2
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nice, tires are very thin on the i8. would love to sit in one of them
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i8 is looking good IRL.
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I got a couple pictures of the i3 over the weekend. It was quite cool to stumble upon on the way back with the GF.

It is a very very interesting looking car.
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those tires are so cool looking.

i3, ehhhhh, much better than the DumbSmartcar for sure. the i8, looks great, but something about it is just off. nevertheless, i wouldn't whine if i had either, that's for sure.
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I still can't help but think of Tron when I see this. But dope
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still waiting to see how much of that glass will be production, i just don't believe it.
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Damn I would have stalked the hell out of those had i known!
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I believe the i8 is being featured in the new Mission Impossible movie.
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tinting these cars is gonna be soooo expensive
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Does anyone have any insight as to why the i8's tires are so thin?
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i8. I love it!
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Very unrealistic but cool looking nontheless.
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Does anyone have any insight as to why the i8's tires are so thin?
For efficiency reasons.


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you'll get very nice tan driving 1 of those!
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Very unrealistic but cool looking nontheless.
If BMW's past history of making production vehicles very close to the concept versions is any indication, these concepts won't be very unrealistic once the production versions are revealed.
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Does anyone have any insight as to why the i8's tires are so thin?
for efficient dynamics purposes mainly. there are virtually no downsides having narrow tires compared to wide ones providing that the diameter is big enough. the contact surface can be the same or greater compared with wide tires with smaller diameter thus the road holding is not in jeopardy here. the upsides are lower rolling resistance, lower aerodynamic drag and lower up-force presumably, aquaplaning is less likely to occur as well. Decreased non suspended and rotational masses are also a benefit of that solution. There are packaging benefits too.

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