Video: BMW i8 Pace Car Goes Drifting

This weekend the whirl of high-powered electric motors zipped around Beijing for the opening race of the Formula E series. The all-electric race cars weren’t the only cutting-edge autos around though, as BMW was tapped to be the official sponsor of the electric racing series, allowing them to showcase the powerful i8 hybrid supercar in a mostly sideways fashion.

BMW’s tagline is “The Ultimate Driving Machine”, which to me it always meant a machine able to be pushed to the limits of performance, and that’s exactly what we have happening here. Formula E driver Nelson Piquet Jr. takes Qualcomm engineers on a sideways test drive as they try to explain the tech behind the racing series to the high-speed driver. Qualcomm is another major Formula E partner, and they’ve equipped the BMW i8 safety (pace) car with their patented wireless charging system. It’s not side-splitting hilarious, but there’s some good driving action and reactions from the passengers, who take their tasks quite seriously even as they’re tossed from one side of the car to the other.

Looks fun, don’t it? Maybe these are the kinds of test drives they should offer at the next Formula E race?


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.