BMW Celebrates 50 Years In Italy With Unique i8 Futurism Edition
|   Friday, June 17, 2016
Celebrating half a century of presence on the automotive market in Italy means that the BMW Group is marking this occasion by building a special model to honor this historic event. Thus the Bavarian manufacturer along with those from the workshop Garage Italia Customs have developed a special version of the i8 suggestively called Futurism Edition.

The BMW i8 Futurism Edition was produced in a single copy, which will take part in the competition Mille Miglia this year, following a BMW 328 model which will have behind the steering wheel none other than Sergio Solero, president and CEO of BMW Italia.


As the name suggests, the BMW i8 Futusim Edition seems to have landed in our time from the future. Its body is coated with "Lampada ad Arco" painting by the famous Giacamo Balla. Giacamo Balla (1871 - 1958) was an art teacher, painter and poet, playing the role of one of the Futurism's founders.

In all works of art Balla attempted to give shape to a pictorial of light, movement and of speed. Painting "Lampada ad Arco" is one of the most important pieces of art signed by the Italian painter. At this time, the painting is exposed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, United States.

The painting represents a street lamp, supplied with electric energy under the moonlight. Lapo Elkann, president and founder of Garage Italia Customs workshop, declared he is enthusiastic about this anniversary model made possible together with BMW.

It has made a connection between the futuristic movement, part of which was Giacamo Bella, and the future of mobility that is expressed by the incredible i8 model. Elkann told about het close collaboration started with the BMW Italy group, the two entities sharing the idea of a continuous evolution of technology and a search for innovation.

At this time, the BMW i8 is the best known and best-selling hybrid sports car in the world. The hybrid system proposes a compact engine unit with Twin Power Turbo technology, adjoining an electric propulsion system and a lithium-ion battery.

With a total of 362 horsepower the i8 is capable of some excellent technical performance. For example, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is possible in just 4.4 seconds, while the top speed that can be achieved is limited electronically to 250 km / h.
As stated in the beginning of this article, the special edition BMW i8 Futurism Edition can be seen in this year's edition of the Mille Miglia race, which will take place on the route Brescia - Rimini - Roma - Parma - Brescia.

BMW i is noted for visionary character of its concepts and technologies, through connected mobility services and through a new understanding of the premium character, strongly defined by sustainability. BMW i is represented in 50 countries by the BMW i3 (electric vehicle for metropolitan areas) and BMW i8 (sports car hybrid plug-in).

Headquartered in Milan, Garage Italia Customs makes aesthetic changes for cars using both traditional techniques for the materials and interior elements, as well as the latest digital technologies that transform abstract concepts into digital images.
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