Unexpected and out of nowhere (at least to our knowledge), BMW showcased the exciting BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept at BMW of San Francisco. Details are scarce at the moment, but apparently in attendance was Adrian Von Hooydonk himself, BMW’s Director of Design and our recent interviewer.
The BMW VED Concept made its North American debut last year at the L.A Auto Show and it has been regarded as one of the most exciting design exercises coming from BMW in the last few years. Exclusive looks, high speed, innovation, the futuristic BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept is a two-door hybrid car that can get 62 mph in only 4.8 seconds and still uses less fuel than a Toyota Prius. That’s as quick as the Porsche 911, but with the EfficientDynamics stamp all over it.
The 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine has a rear/mid-mounted placement with the second electric motor residing between the turbodiesel engine and the 6-Speed DCT gearbox. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine outputs 163 horsepower and 214 lb-ft. of torque. The rear-mounted electric motor produces 33 horsepower continuously(51 hp peak) and maximum torque of 214 lb-ft.
The synchronous electric motor placed at the front axle constantly outputs 80 horsepower. Extra power of 112 hp is available for 30 seconds and for 10 seconds, 139 horsepower. Total torque: 162 lb-ft.
BMW VED introduces for the first time “layered surfacing”, both in interior and exterior design. BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk says “layered surfacing” creates a more cohesive and harmonious appearance while also optimizing air flow.
The two talented designers in charge of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept are Mario Majdandzic, Exterior Design and Jochen Paesen, Interior Design.
Complementing the Vision’s futuristic exterior design with its “bird wings doors”, the interior of the car has a flowing instrument panel and unique seating arrangement. The upholstery is mostly made with natural materials although Kevlar is used for the seats. A car with this styling needs adequate gadgetry and a new 3D head-up display is included.
The VED Concept is rumored to serve as a starting point for a future eco-racing car coming in 2013.
Thanks for the tip and photos Alex!