BMW reveals ‘eco’ petrol supercar
by David Masters
February 4, 2009
BMW has unveiled plans for an eco supercar.
The two-seater BMW Z10 ED will be BMW’s flagship green model featuring hybrid power and BMW’s suite of Efficient Dynamics fuel-saving technologies.
Designers of the 400 horsepower supercar are focusing on reduced carbon emissions instead of an electric motor.
BMW said new technologies allow petrol engines to run far more efficiently whilst providing the same amount of power as a conventional engine.
“The idea is to bring all the very latest technology together in a way that will allow a high level of performance without overburdening the environment in a way that the current crop of supercars do,” said a source at BMW.
The Z10 ED will also showcase BMW’s carbon fibre construction process which reduces the weight of the vehicle to under 1,400kg.
BMW aims for the Z10 ED to become its new flagship model. Only limited numbers will be built, priced around £80,000.
The question must be asked of BMW: can a car with a 3.0 litre petrol engine really be called green?
The only reason it gets away with being labelled a hybrid is the small amount of electricity produced by its brake energy regeneration system.
BMW views this car as the cutting edge of environmental innovation.
If everyone bought one (granted they can’t, but that’s beside the point), we’d end up a very long way from tackling climate change.
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