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      09-20-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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F30 3 Series Hybrid Goes Track Testing

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We last spied the F30 hybrid back in February for the first time out in heavy camouflage. It has now shed its heavy camouflage and taken to the Nurburgring for track testing. One can tell this is a hybrid version by the typical "Rescue" stickers on its doors and rear bumper (which is always present BMW's hybrid test vehicles).

The F30 3-series will be the first 3-series hybrid from BMW and will adopt much of the technology from the upcoming hybrid F10 5-series which is scheduled to debut this winter. The F30 hybrid will be released some time after the diesel and petrol F30 models are released next year.

To give you an idea of the technology we may see in the F30 hybrid (although it will be improved upon), here's a description of the F10 Activehybrid:

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The drive system featured in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid consists of a straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric drive. Integration of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a sedan already extremely efficient with its “conventional” combustion engine reduces both fuel consumption and emissions once again by more than 10 per cent. At the same time the electric motor offers a boost function, supporting the gasoline engine in generating particularly dynamic drive power for an even more sporting driving experience in the car.

Intelligent energy management likewise serves to enhance the efficiency of the overall system, its unique functions ensuring appropriate control and management of all energy paths within the car and appropriate interaction of the drivetrain components precisely adjusted to driving conditions.

The drivetrain technology featured in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid allows all-electric, zero-emission motoring in city traffic. At the same time a special hybrid-based Auto Start Stop function offers additional efficiency by consistently switching off the combustion engine when stopping at the traffic lights, a road junction, or in congested traffic. Optimised comfort, finally, is provided by the auxiliary climate control function already featured in the BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
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      09-20-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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I am loving that they are revealing more and more of the new body's lines.
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I am loving that they are revealing more and more of the new body's lines.
Have you seen the top down revealed pics?
http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572795
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I hope this hybrid is not the Active Hybrid 7 kind of hybrid. Nor Prius. Those kind of hybrids are totally not green.
If BMW can use i8 kinda hybrid (not a single huge battery), then I might like this idea.
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Have you seen the top down revealed pics?
http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572795
Yep! but these are much higher quality and I can almost imagine out the camo
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Just curious: what gives it away as a hybrid?
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Just curious: what gives it away as a hybrid?
Dude read the first post. It says that the stickers say it's a hybrid test car.
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Look how low that baby is!!
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Just curious: what gives it away as a hybrid?
..below the drivers window that white box sticker with black letters seems to be on all the testing hybrids of late.... even when blurry it gives it away

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Look how low that baby is!!
Full lean in that turn!
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Can't wait for the reveal!
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      09-21-2011, 12:35 AM   #14
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..below the drivers window that white box sticker with black letters seems to be on all the testing hybrids of late.... even when blurry it gives it away

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Huh. Do we know what it says?
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Huh. Do we know what it says?








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Cool. I wonder why they'd advertise that when they work so hard to hide other stuff.
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Also, on second look the sticker on the F30 is different--looks like two rows of text.
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Also, on second look the sticker on the F30 is different--looks like two rows of text.

....there is an English text and a German text version....
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hmmm... for some reason this is on cars with Batteries in trunk as well...


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OK...I get it now.... when the car is not clearly marked as a Hybrid... as in containing a large battery or series of smaller bateries...

Fire and police first responders need to identify a vehicle rapidly to "lock down" the car and deal with special precautions as its more than just gasoline..

these cars, debadged, need some quick way to identify hazards to emergency personnel


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