The 1.5-litre petrol engine for BMW's flagship new hybrid sports car will be constructed at the Hams Hall facility near Birmingham
12 June 2012

BMW will build the 1.5-litre petrol engine for its BMW i8 plug-in hybrid electric supercar exclusively at its British Hams Hall engine facility.

The plant near Birmingham, which last year produced 440,000 engines and has recently produced its 3 millionth motor, will begin production of the low volume EV supercar’s engine prior to its market launch later in 2013.

The three-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine will produce 344bhp and 221lb ft of torque: it will be mated to a plug-in hybrid electric drive, giving 20 miles’ electric only running and 78mpg overall. Acceleration to 62mph will take less than 5 seconds.

BMW Board Member Ian Robertson said: “Our Hams Hall engine plant… will make an important contribution to the future success of the new BMW i brand.”

The UK production of the three-cylinder engine is part of the £500 million investment announced for Oxford and Hams Hall last year. It will be linked to production of the new Mini and will be an expansion of BMW’s plans to produce a range of new three-cylinder turbo engines.

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“Hams Hall is a highly automated plant,” said Robertson, who added that the UK faced competition from Steyr in Austria and other German plans to build the new engine.

Hams Hall opened in February 2001 and facilities will be upgraded to produce BMW’s new generation of eco-focused internal combustion engines. It currently builds engines for the BMW 1 Series, F30 3 Series and X1, plus all Mini variants.

Richard Aucock

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12 June 2012

Presume it's a plug-in but not of the range-extender type.   Can't match the range of the Ampera but looks like is going to be produced and therefore another big step in the Hybrid world

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

12 June 2012

This and the fisker karma are the only alternative fuel cars I like on sale or going on sale soon. I am certain BMW will have huge amounts of success with the I range.

27 May 2014
Electric cars are very much popular these days. Now we can find more number of electric car models from different car brands in the car industry. Popular luxury and sports car brands like: BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota etc are making efficient electric vehicles. Electric car service center and charging stations are now easily available in most of the places now a days. BMW i3, i8 are also very popular electric car models of BMW. These EV models are really very expensive and attractive also. Electric vehicles are green vehicles and not harmful for the environment.

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