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      09-19-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Video: BMW Indoor Track at Frankfurt IAA in Action

We've told you plenty about the impressive track built inside the BMW hall at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA auto show, now see it in action with i3 and M models.


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      09-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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      09-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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indoor track is cool...
More of a catwalk than a track no?
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Would have been nice to see more video of the M when stopped! What a fast tease
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Here is the full BMW IAA press conference.

In German but with English voice over. It answers many questions on what BMW has implemented to the fury of enthusiasts.
But it gives good indication of the BMW Groups path to the future.

Other companies stand still but BMW Group are moving forward.

If you listen you can understand why I said some of you will not like the answers the company give.

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I shot one complete i3 and i8 show.



Sorry, something happened to the stereo in the right speaker at the end of the recording.
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The stand with the track was superb and innovative for product presentation.

The drivers of the M cars didn't hold back driving along the straight. Nice to here the roar of the V8's instead of the absolute silence of the 'i' cars.
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The stand with the track was superb and innovative for product presentation.

The drivers of the M cars didn't hold back driving along the straight. Nice to here the roar of the V8's instead of the absolute silence of the 'i' cars.

The i3 drivers didn't hold back either... when they gave us rides on the track!
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Excellent view.
And where are the girls of the event?
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At roughly 3:00 you can hear the i3 rattling and squeaking as they drive. Sounds awful. I had to stop the video at that point bc it was like nails on a chalkboard...
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At roughly 3:00 you can hear the i3 rattling and squeaking as they drive. Sounds awful. I had to stop the video at that point bc it was like nails on a chalkboard...
That sound wasn't coming from the car(!)... BUT from one of the rear passenger's luggage resting on the back of the front seats. The car's interior was build very well and it was very quiet. All you hear is the whirl of the electric engine as you drive. BMW had these i3 shuttle cars to get us around the Messe. The IAA is huge... its more like a BIG airport than like your typical convention center.
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Cool exhibit. It'd be nice if they do that at the DC auto show next year.

I hope it's not possible for a car to drive off the track and fall on people below....
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Cool exhibit. It'd be nice if they do that at the DC auto show next year.

I hope it's not possible for a car to drive off the track and fall on people below....
It is only possible to do this in Frankfurt as we have use of one of the largest exhibition halls at the Frankfurt Messe. Other exhibition halls even at major international events like NAIAS , LA and Geneva etc... are too small to even accomplish this , the DC shows does not even register on the official autoshow calendar.
Although the only other exhibition space that is on a large scale like the Frankfurt Messe is where they hold the Shanghai autoshow in China.

In total you walk around 9 miles at the IAA. But I am sure the i3 press shuttles helped and also gave you a very good indication of how the cars perform.

The barriers on the infinite loop are formed of steel but to prevent that the drivers receive official BMW driver training with the new cars with extensive preparation taking place on a makeshift track in the dimensions of the infinity loop by using cones. Everything about the BMW stand in Frankfurt runs to the exact pinacle of accuracy so that interactive presentations can interact with the presentation of the vehicle.
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At roughly 3:00 you can hear the i3 rattling and squeaking as they drive. Sounds awful. I had to stop the video at that point bc it was like nails on a chalkboard...

That was not the i3. You only hear the spaceship like hum sound from the i3 which makes it freaking alien.
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