BMW has revealed that it will build a plug-in hybrid sports car based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept car that was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.
The news comes as the company unveiled a fully road-ready showcase vehicle, based on the concept, at the Leipzig trade fair.
The four-seater car's design expands on familiar BMW styling, but has been influenced by the company's F1 experience and is dictated by its lightweight construction and the need for aerodynamic efficiency.
Just 1.24 metres high (lower than the Z4 convertible), the car has an exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.22 – which compares with the Z4's 0.34. It also has gullwing doors to allow access to both rows of seats.
At its heart is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which uses a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine and electric motor on the rear axle, as well as another electric motor to drive the front axle.
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