When it comes to lighting tech, German automaker Audi had always been four steps ahead of the rest of the world. They were the first ones to come with the all-LED headlights on the R8 back in 2008 and then recently, rolled out the new A8 with the unique Matrix LED headlights. The company had also been testing laser headlights on its R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans race car for months.
With so much attention paid to lighting technology, it is indeed a shame that BMW has successfully managed to beat Audi to the punch in the race of laser headlights technology. The German luxury automaker officially delivered the first eight units of the all-new BMW i8 electric car this week - becoming the world’s first production car with laser headlights to reach showroom floors.
The first eight units of the BMW i8 were handed over to its respective owners at a special ceremony that was held at the BMW Welt in Munich. The keys of the electric supercar were over handed over by Roland Kruger, head of sales and marketing along with Helmut Schramm, head of production of electric vehicles at the company’s Leipzig plant.
The i8 began as a true Concept car with no plan for production. Six years ago, BMW wanted to subtly suggest that it was thinking of an electric vehicle, but wanted to get away from the dullard image electric vehicles have. So, they made the Vision EfficientDynamics – a pretty, pure design exercise. As the project progressed, BMW realised that a production model could be viable. And so the BMW i8 was born.
The Indian presentation of the BMW i8 got underway at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, while its commercial launch in slated for November this year. Once launched, the i8 will officially become the company’s most expensive offering in the Indian sub-continent.