BMW Planning Green Supercar
Sources inside the BMW company, cited by Autocar said that the Bavarian automaker is well on its way to develop a “breakthrough green supercar”. Taking a look at the M1 Homage, one has difficulty imagining how it can be turned into a green car, and even the terms “green” and “supercar” seem to be antagonistic.
As far as we know, it's going to be a two-door concept that will be equipped with BMW's EfficientDynamics system, running on a mid-engine layout. The engine is said to be a 3.0 liter 6 in-line unit, aided by a twin turbocharger system.
The car is expected to hit the market sometime around 2012 and it's said to be a direct contender to the upcoming Mercedes SLC and Audi R8. That's what it's come to these days, a car isn't even out yet, but it already has competitors.
The CO2 emissions on this car are said to be equal or even better than the ones on the mid-range 5 Series. The way they plan to make this car green is by using the kinetic energy recovery system (the fabled KERS system which is going to take over F1 too), direct-injection, brake regeneration and the start-stop technology BMW has already implemented on some of its models.
No word yet on what this car will be named or even its overall appearance, but since it's regarded as a successor to the M1, it's safe to assume it will follow some of its lines. We've added a picture of the aforementioned vehicle for your viewing pleasure, but we've also added a lovely touch of green so you can make an opinion on this “green car”.