27 Jul '11, 3pm

Report: BMW i3 uses carbon fiber to... cut costs?

people, you are too easily fooled by the lies from the german suits. a carbon fiber car would be very light. proper use of carbon is not a marginal improvement, it's a massive one. and since that's not happening here, we are not getting the full story. when head designer for bmw said the i8 is all carbon so it's very light at only 1400kg it was pretty clear something had gone terribly wrong. an all carbon car simply doesn't weigh 1400kg. a 4 seater soft heavy steel car can weigh less. whatever is going on they are doing it wrong. maybe it's a largely conventional chassis and just fiber reinforced plastic bodywork. maybe it's all high quality carbon and they are pissing the savings away on the details. the argument that you can pay for more expensive material because you can save battery is true but if you end up at soft heavy steel car weights then what have you saved on t...

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