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4th October 2016, Munich

High design for i Series composite bodies

A collaboration between BMW Group Design and Garage Italia Customs highlights to striking effect the design potential of the car maker’s carbon composite-bodied i Series vehicles.

The BMW i3 and i8 Garage Italia CrossFade models were unveiled at the start of the Mondial de l’Automobile 2016 in Paris on September 30 and both will become commercially available at the beginning of 2017.

The BMW i3 and i8 Garage Italia CrossFade models were unveiled at the start of the Mondial de l’Automobile 2016 in Paris. © BMW Group

The design of the cars was inspired by optical colour mixing, a technique already used in Pointillism in the late 19th century. This painting technique involves the creation of motifs using small and evenly-distributed dashes of colour. Because the neighbouring colours are not intermixed, but only blend together in the perception of the viewer, an intensive radiance is created. The selective variation of size and spacing of the individual dashes creates precise and harmonious colour gradients.

The design of the cars was inspired by optical colour mixing. © BMW Group

On the body surface of the BMW i8 Garage Italia CrossFade, the accurately defined colour changes between Protonic Blue metallic and Protonic Dark Silver metallic are used to underscore the lines and surface contours. The design was realised using a complex painting process in which the car finished in Protonic Blue metallic was initially covered with a stencil film to create the desired geometrical pattern with exceptionally high precision when the second layer of paint in Protonic Dark Silver metallic was finally applied. The interior follows the exterior design with a smooth transition from the dark silver of the front end of the car to the pure blue of the rear end printed on Alcantara tthat now covers the central tunnel, the side panels and the headliner.

The design was realised using a complex painting process. © BMW Group

In the case of the BMW i3 Garage Italia CrossFade, the colour transition on the front end and the side panels flows in a vertical direction. The amount of blue decreases as it rises upwards to merge with the black roof and bonnet. The transition is created by a transparent foiling with imprinted circular dashes of colour.

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