BMW will make new super car engine in UK

BMW has announced that it will make a new the engine for its i8 petrol electric supercar in the UK.BMW will make new super car engine in UKThe car’s three cylinder petrol engine will be made at the carmaker’s Hams Hall factory near Birmingham.

The engine is designed to extend the plug in hybrid’s range beyond that supplied by its batteries.

BMW’s plug-in sportscar will go on sale in 2013, offering “sportscar performance with small car fuel consumption”, BMW Group’s sales and marketing director Ian Robertson said in a briefing at the annual motor industry gathering organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The car is designed to accelerate from nought to 62mph in five seconds while also having the potential to deliver 78mpg.

When using just the battery, the car’s range is about 20 miles.

The plan to make the car’s petrol engine in the Midlands is part of a £500 million investment in the UK that BMW announced a year ago.

BMW’s investment, in turn, is part of a total £5.6 billion of investment in UK car production announced by global automotive groups over the last couple of years, said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

The success of the UK’s motor industry is a welcome turnaround from 2009, when the government introduced a scrappage scheme to help the sector through a crisis.

“Over the last year or so there’s been significant investment in the UK, probably more than in the last decade,” said BMW’s Mr Robertson, referring to how a string of carmakers such as Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall and Mini, have seen their manufacturing output in Britain soar during the last couple of years.

By the end of 2015, UK production may have risen to more than two million cars from 1.3 million last year, thus beating the previous record of 1.92 million cars made in 1972, the SMMT predicts.

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