The First Electric BMW With an M Badge Isn’t Built for the Track

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The First Electric BMW With an M Badge Isn’t Built for the Track

The BMW i4 M50 is the first electric vehicle to wear an M badge, a fact BMW’s quite proud of. It’s powerful, quick, and built to be what BMW calls the “Ultimate Electric Driving Machine.” You might expect that to mean it can handle the sort of serious track duty that flummoxes many electric cars. Yet it can’t.

That’s not according to me, but to both the project director and project manager for driving dynamics for the i4. Asked about a potential Nürburgring time for the i4, the Driving Dynamics Manager Daniel Mögele said that BMW didn’t plan to release one for the i4. Track driving was not the priority. David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho, the project director who set the goals for the i4, defended that decision. This car, he said, is one step forward toward electrifying the M brand. Trying to move two steps at once would involve too many compromises.

“When you make the car for the race track, the range will go down very fast,” Camacho told Road & Track during the first drive event for the i4. “It means, for me as a project lead, it was very important to have a rounded off concept including, of course, a good range and good charging performance. That’s the reason why I decided not to go two steps forward.” For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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