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BMW Group Plant Leipzig and customers mark the end of an era with the final 18 unique highly customised BMW i8 Roadsters.

30 Jun 2020 | International News : Germany


Austin Yellow. British Racing Green. Le Mans Blue. The last 18 BMW i8 vehicles have left BMW Group Plant Leipzig as their future owners looked on. Each car was a one-off created in close collaboration with the customer.

Manufacturing a BMW i8 is in itself a feat of modern automotive construction, owing to the vehicle concept, drive technology, and unique mix of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and aluminium.
The degree of customisation offered on the 18 vehicles threw up some major logistical and process challenges for BMW

But the final 18 special models presented the i8 production team with particular challenges on top - each one was finished in a paintwork colour that had previously not been applied to the outer skin components of a BMW i8.

Painting such a large number of exterior parts in the specified colour made production and logistics far more complex. Manufactured and painted virtually by hand by a range of suppliers and at BMW Group Plant Landshut, the challenge lay in getting the components to the production line in full premium quality.

And with each part being the only one of this colour in existence and highly complex to reproduce, the utmost care and precision were required in logistics and throughout series vehicle production. The final vehicles also have customised components in their interiors, such as Alcantara covers for seats and steering wheels, and special trim strips and fascia panels. The customers in Plant Leipzig - some of whom were members of the BMW i8 Club International - were on location to see their vehicles leave the factory gates and be handed over to vehicle logistics.
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