RE: BMW M850i Night Sky revealed

RE: BMW M850i Night Sky revealed

Thursday 3rd January

BMW M850i Night Sky revealed

The one-off 8 Series that features actual fragments of an asteroid. It's... out of this world



It's just 12 hours since China landed a probe on the dark side of the moon, but BMW is already looking to one up the world's most populous nation with an interstellar achievement of its own: an 8 Series encrusted with bonafide pieces of a real life asteroid. The one-off M850i 'Night Sky' contains fragments of poetically named asteroid 2003 EH, as well as a number of star-related design tweaks for its owner, who may be pleased to note that their car arrives on a rather significant day for space exploration.

The meteorite material of 2003 EH has been integrated into the Night Sky's centre console, iDrive rotary knob and starter button. Perhaps not the most befitting resting place for cosmic rock that's made a multi-million-mile journey from the outer reaches of our solar system, but it does at least mean the driver will make frequent contact with the bits of asteroid. Which is quite cool, we guess.


The pattern and texture of the rock - which gets its unique, ridged appearance thanks to the extremely slow cooling of metal alloy enabled only in space - has been recreated on the car's wing mirror covers, front splitters and side air intakes using 3D printing. The same manufacturing technique has been used to make the car's brake calipers, which are 30 per cent lighter. Inside, the seats' stitching mimics the colour of the meteorite material, while the Midnight Blue carpet is said to represent the colour of a night sky. To portray the stars, there's an LED-illuminated centre armrest.

The timing of this bespoke 8 Series' launch deliberately coincides with Earth's latest pass-by of 2003 EH, when more fragments of the space rock will fall to the ground in two-day-long meteor shower that starts today. Only a small amount of material is likely to make it to the ground as meteorites, though, meaning anyone wanting bits of 2003 EH stuck to their next BMW might need to get moving quickly...

As a bespoke vehicle, no pricing has been announced, but expect a fairly large increase over the regular 530hp M850i's £100,045 list value.







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paulyv

Original Poster:

570 posts

60 months

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All our cars feature elements from outer space...it just so happens they got mined from the earth rather than fell on it.

BogBeast

914 posts

200 months

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I like the pattern on that centre console...

wab172uk

1,142 posts

164 months

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Yawn !!

thiscocks

1,815 posts

132 months

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Looks stt

Nickp82

1,528 posts

30 months

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Special order for Prof. Briiiiiiiiaaaaan Cox?
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RDMcG

12,844 posts

144 months

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Ultimate skiving machine?

Gimmick overall

Krikkit

13,834 posts

118 months

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Rubbish gimmick... But I quite like it.

Exige77

3,076 posts

128 months

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Saw one in the flesh recently and really didn’t like the shape at all.


ilovequo

701 posts

118 months

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TAT

WCZ

6,081 posts

131 months

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weird and gimmicky but for some reason I like it

CS Garth

1,756 posts

42 months

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Vajazzelled with a lump of rock that fell out of the sky? rolleyes

J4CKO

26,051 posts

137 months

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A mixture of fancy block paved drive and painters radio for the centre console.

I quite like it, makes a change from shiny wood, silver stuff or carbon fibre

cmoose

43,294 posts

166 months

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God this thing is hideous.

The Vambo

2,971 posts

78 months

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There is a lot of Pony car in that side profile

RobM77

31,765 posts

171 months

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paulyv said:
All our cars feature elements from outer space...it just so happens they got mined from the earth rather than fell on it.
I guess it depends how far back you want to go. Every atom in our bodies is originally from outer space. The unique thing about the material used in this car is that it was much more recently in space, unlike the 4.5+ billion year gap with the indicator stalk of a Micra biggrin

FN2TypeR

5,823 posts

30 months

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BogBeast said:
I like the pattern on that centre console...
Same here but the just encrusted arm rest is horrendous.

Swing and a miss on the whole, IMO.

Reciprocating mass

5,262 posts

178 months

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It’s a bit tacky isn’t it. I like the idea of meteorite
But they could of made it look better than
slate tiles laugh
and that arm rest wtf yikes
I’m sure I used to have a ET push bike when I was a kid that had that covering on the seat
its all very naff really, not my cuppa

Let off some steam Bennett

2,064 posts

108 months

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How gay

Burwood

10,668 posts

183 months

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BogBeast said:
I like the pattern on that centre console...
£28K. Do you still like it, Sir biggrin

Gameface

6,379 posts

14 months

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I'd rather just have the actual meteorite as an artefact/decoration on my desk/coffee table.