BMW M’s electrified future is near certainty and the Garching-based sportscar division is currently testing prototype cars powered by hybrid powertrains, the firm’s vice president Dirk Hacker told Autocar.
Although he declined to elaborate on the details of the powertrain BMW is working on, or which cars it could potentially be used in, he confirmed development work was under way and future M hybrid cars are “inevitable”.
“We cannot avoid the need for electrification and it is true that we are working on hybrid power already,” said Hacker. “For now, all I will say is that we are working on a very precise technical solution, but there is no final decision on how to deploy the concept.”
At the same time, BMW is looking at electric motors solutions that are weight-friendly.
“Adding mass to performance cars is never ideal,” he said. “But if we can use electrific