HomeAutomobileBMW Made a 536-hp All-Electrical Dune Buggy Off-Street Racer

BMW Made a 536-hp All-Electrical Dune Buggy Off-Street Racer


A screenshot of a BMW Dune Taxi driving up a sand dune.

Whether or not it’s excessive efficiency single-seaters or rugged off-roaders like Audi’s newest Dakar contender, electrical race automobiles are cool. And now, after shuttering its Components E program, BMW is getting again on the EV racer motion with one thing referred to as the Dune Taxi.

The German automaker teased the brand new creation in a YouTube video, which was first lined by Prime Gear. Within the video, the Dune Taxi reveals off its spectacular capabilities and putting similarities to the Odyssey 21 that you simply’ll discover racing in Excessive E.

In response to the video, the Dune Taxi has a physique comprised of pure fiber strengthened polymer, or NFRP. This materials is just like conventional carbon fiber, however as a substitute of a carbon weave makes use of plant-based fibers.

A photo of the front end on the BMW Dune Taxi.

The bodywork makes the Dune Taxi appear like a fully-fledged rally raid racer. Sadly, there’s nonetheless house in these physique panels for BMW to suit this off-roader with the most recent incarnation of its outsized grille. Sigh.

Underneath all that veggie-friendly bodywork is a mighty impressive sounding off-roader. According to the video, the car is fitted with an all-electric powertrain that kicks out 400kW and 1,000Nm, which equates to more than 536 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque.

There’s also a pretty serious suspension setup, which BMW says offers up nearly 16 inches of travel and keeps the Dune Taxi running true as it tackles the dunes, jumps and, apparently, roundabouts of Saudi Arabia.

A side profile image of the BMW Dune Taxi on a desert.

To all intents and purposes, this looks like a machine with one job: dominating the Dakar. But so far, BMW hasn’t said anything about where it might race the new machine.

Instead, all the automaker has done is made a cool video showing the Dune Taxi thrashing ‘round the desert in the Middle East followed by a few stock iX and BMW X6 M fashions. It’s a fairly enjoyable watch, test it out beneath.

However the place would you prefer to see BMW show the mettle of this specific creation? Tell us within the feedback.

DUNE TAXI — When xDrive meets BMW M

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