THROUGH DEATH VALLEY IN THE BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE PROTOTYPE.
Cars & Technology31 Aug 2018
With intensive function trials and test drives between Las Vegas and Death Valley in the USA, the critical phase in the series development for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible has commenced.
The results of hot climate testing provide important insights into the functional safety of mechanical and electronic components under extreme weather conditions. Temperatures of more than 50°C, extreme dust formation, stop-and-go traffic on the Las Vegas Strip, gravel tracks around Mount Whitney and long-distance journeys between the Pacific coast and the Rocky Mountains allude to the challenging test programme for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible.
The heat and dryness of the Mojave Desert create the ideal conditions for an acid test. Inside a prototype of the BMW 8 Series Convertible that has previously stood for hours in the blazing sun, BMW engineers check the onboard electronics, the hi-fi system, sensors and cameras for the driver assistant systems, displays for the new BMW Operating System 7.0, connectivity functions, seat adjustment and, finally, the automatic climate control.
The prototype’s trip to the Hoover Dam poses an additional challenge to the vehicle’s electronics. The exceptionally strong electromagnetic waves from the hydropower plant turbines installed there are the ultimate yardstick for the insensitivity of the electronic systems to external sources of interference.
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible combines stylish elegance, exclusiveness and individuality with cutting edge equipment features in the areas of driver assistance, operation and networking. Moreover, the car’s fascinating character is enhanced by high-quality drive and suspension technology with which the BMW 8 Series Coupé has already redefined sporty driving pleasure in the luxury segment.
Winter testing at the Winter Testing Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, as well as intensive test drives on the BMW Group proving ground in Miramas in Southern France and on the Nürburgring have a similar level of significance. Only when thousands of miles have finally been completed can developers feel confident that they are putting a true dream car designed for the luxury segment on the road.
Find out more about the BMW 8 Series here.
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