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BMW 8-series Night Sky: one-off M850i gets a meteoric makeover

Friday 04/January/2019 - 01:36 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Rabea Yehia



The BMW 8-series hasn’t been out for long، but the people in Munich have already released a special edition. In fact، the M850i Night Sky is a one off، and designed to commemorate a meteorite shower taking place overnight from the 3rd to 4th of January this year. Yes، really.

A car to celebrate a meteor shower

Yes. BMW says that on the night of the 3rd، ‘the Earth will briefly passes through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH، during which time fragments from the asteroid will enter our planet’s atmosphere and burn up.’ Of course، the M850i Night Sky’s also an excuse to showcase the work of BMW’s bespoke Individual service – as well as its 3D printing-tech.

What does that actually mean for the car?

In essence the above basically means a few new fixtures and fittings both inside and outside the car. BMW has actually used meteoric rock throughout the interior، most notably on the selector lever، startstop button، iDrive toggle and the centre console trim. And while this sort of finish has been seen in high-end luxury watches، it certainly has an impact in a car interior.

Outside، BMW has used the ‘Widmanstätten surface pattern’ a hallmark of extraterrestrial substances، throughout other features of the car. Therefore، you can find the geometric pattern etched into the door mirrors، air-breathers، side air-intakes and the front splitter. We’re less sure about that.


And the 3D printing?

Alongside the spacey customisation، the Night Sky also features 3D-printed brake-calipers made with help from BMW Motorsport، and Munich says they’re up to 30% lighter than the standard set.

Much like the 3D-printed component in the i8 Roadster، the calipers have been designed with software that only places material where it’s needed – removing any excess. The result is a product that’s lighter but just as strong، and looks a little like bone.

For everything else about the standard BMW 8-series، keep reading.

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