Monday, December 15, 2008

BMW insider reveals details about ‘green’ supercar based on M1 Homage



Despite BMW not having built a true supercar for 30 years since its original M1 model, a "high ranking insider" at the firm insists management is trying to reinvent its performance image with a new 'green' supercar based on the wild M1 Homage concept revealed earlier this year. BMW is reportedly studying the viability of the project, with the ultimate goal to create a two-seater sports car that showcases all of firm's most sophisticated environmental technology, with a view to releasing it for a limited production run at the end of 2012. Speaking with AutoWeek, the insider said that "the idea is to take the supercar to a whole new level of environmental compatibility using technology and materials already in wide use today", presumably referring to lightweight materials and BMW's already in-use technologies such as stop-start systems, regenerative braking systems and direct injection, as well as other possible technologies such as cylinder deactivation. Rumors of a possible return of the M1 supercar have been coming since late September, and bringing a flagship sports model to market will help BMW compete against the likes of the Audi R8 and upcoming Mercedes Benz SLC Gullwing.

BMW M1 Homage

 

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