Video: Secret Prototype – Deep inside BMW’s Research and Innovation Center

3-Series | March 24th, 2011 by 16
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Open house at BMW this month. A new video just posted on Youtube takes us behind the scenes of BMW’s Research and Innovation Center in …

Open house at BMW this month. A new video just posted on Youtube takes us behind the scenes of BMW’s Research and Innovation Center in Munich. Plant Zero builds the very first versions of each new BMW Group model…by hand.

Curious to see how BMW camouflages their car? The video shows both the fake body parts made out of plastic and also the psychadelic camouflage that became an industry standard.

Furthermore, the video makes a reference to a “0 Vehicle”, and at 5 min into the video, a blurred prototype appears. Talk about teasing….

Video: Secret Prototype   Deep inside BMWs Research and Innovation Center

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  • http://twitter.com/_rjfunk_ Ramon Juarez

    and that should be the 1er! or maybe 3er GT…who knows…but it certainly looks nice! even blurred!

  • http://twitter.com/_rjfunk_ Ramon Juarez

    but…now that I see the first spyshots of the 3er GT…I would rather think this one is the 1er

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Someone said that’s the new 5 Series electric, but I don’t know yet.

  • Jeremykhn

    I bet that the 0 vehicle is actually the 0 Series models. The blurred vehicle was a hatchback and the 0 Series is also said to be a small hatchback so yeah.

    The 0 Series was said to be a 2013/2014 model. Two to three years from now. Hmmmm….

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      A 0 series makes no sense and that is such a bad name for a car. Zero usually has a negative connotation and BMW is crazy for even thinking about using it.

      • T.

        Actually every protoype in this stage is designated “0″ because it is the very first engineering and manufacturing it is not a full car , to describe really would be the board a jigsaw is built on , with the pieces being the actual components. It is basically an outline of the car but details on the exterior are not fully developed.

        The small BMW Compact City FWD will not be called “0″ it does not actually work or fit in with the rest of the line. It will be badged as a 1er but it will be identifiable that it is not just any other 1er.

      • http://www.liedphotography.webs.com brennanlied

        Zero also has a positive connotation, as related to emissions. Zero emissions. Maybe and electric. Who knows.

  • Bigk

    Super cool video.

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  • T.

    X4. ;)

  • Anonymous

    The mysterious all-alu vehicle looks very 5eresque & electroesque from the front. ;)

    • Nnnn

      “electroesque” ?

  • Nnnn

    Excellent video. I’ve been eyeing the rapid prototyping for a while now in engineering (and art) – it has huge potential for general manufacturing, if they can scale the printers to the formats required. You could “grow” an entire engine block, or car frame, in forms that could not be realistically achieved with casting, pressing OR machining. For example, they’re using this to print elaborate structural interiors of things like titanium golf club heads; you cannot easily machine the interior spaces of a closed structure. This means simpler manufacturing and huge strength / weight gains.

  • Brian

    where to get those camouflage layer?

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