Race! Upgrades a BMW i8

ADV15 Track Spec SL Series Wheels

BMW i8 - ADV15R Track Spec SL Series Forged Wheels

Race! Upgrades a BMW i8

ADV15 Track Spec SL Series Wheels

Race! gives the eco-friendly high-performance Bavarian machine an even more aggressive look

The BMW i8 is the most advanced high-performance machine the Bavarian car maker currently offers as part of their product range. The vehicle is a stepping stone in BMW’s product evolution that will eventually yield a fully electric battery-powered high-performance mode. The BMW i8 is both a production model and a test bed. It’s a vehicle that matches an impressive futuristic design with impeccable performance. It combines awe-inspiring handling, great performance, and impressive fuel economy in one, thus creating a vehicle that is popular all across the board.

The BMW i8 is powered by a hybrid powertrain, allowing the driver to fill it up in mere minutes while producing low-end torque and impressive off-the-line performance in one package.

BMW developed this powertrain specifically for the i8. It uses a combination of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine and a set of highly efficient electric motors, powering all four wheels of this vehicle. The combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8. The 96 kW/131 hp electric drive, on the other hand, joins in the power generation and provides traction for the front wheels. Together, this combination yields a power rating of 374 hp and 570 Nm of torque. In turn, this combination allows for an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

Performance wise, the BMW i8 will have no problem with most performance cars it encounters on the roads today. The i8 will sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.2 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h), all the while, having company stated NEDC-equivalent values for fuel consumption at 1.8l/100km and power consumption of 14.0kWh/100 kilometers. This equates to CO2 emissions of up to 42 g/km. In comparison, the Tesla Motors factory figures state that the Model S P90D has a 20.0 kWh/100 km rating, joined by a 2.2l/100km equivalent fuel consumption. The company figures for CO2 emissions state that a Model S produces 28g of CO2 per kilometer.

For our authorized dealer form South Africa, Race!, this provided the perfect foundation for an aftermarket build for one of their customers.

BMW i8 - ADV15R Track Spec SL Series Forged Wheels

The build started off with a carbon fiber body kit from Vorsteiner. Their VR-E body kit consists of consists of a front splitter, a rear diffuser, and a boot lid. All of the parts are built from the finest autoclaved pre-impregnated carbon fiber. In turn, this allows these parts to achieve superior stiffness, aerospace strength, and durability compared to traditional hand-laid carbon fiber composites.

Next in line was some wrapping. The BMW i8 features a 3M matte black roof, hood, and rear window wrap, giving this vehicle an even more customized look.

Finally, the most impactful touch comes in form of a set of ADV15R Track Speck SL Series forged wheels. The wheels are sized 22×9 and 22×10.5 in the front and rear, respectively. The wheels feature a unique finish combination, matching the vehicle’s exterior finish combination perfectly. The wheels feature Matte Gunmetal centers and a Polished Matte Blue finish. Furthermore, the customer chose a Hidden Hardware option, perfecting the looks of these directional wheels perfectly. You can grab a detailed view of this build in the media gallery right below.

For any information about ordering a set of ADV.1 wheels, lead times or fitment information, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Our sales team will gladly provide you with any information you may need.

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