Safe tuning on the BMW i8 at the Essen Motor Show: AC Schnitzer equips campaign vehicle of the initiative TUNE IT! SAFE!

Already for the fifth time AC Schnitzer participates with their equipment of a campaign vehicle in the initiative TUNE IT! SAFE! of the Association of German Automobile Tuners e.V. (VDAT). This campaign is also supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The aim of the initiative is to combat illegal and unsafe tuning with a nationwide campaign.

For a period of one year the campaign vehicle is available for events, trade fairs and tuning events on request. This commitment is only possible thanks to the sponsors - the campaign is financed accordingly cost-neutral for the German taxpayer.

Since 2005, a special police concept vehicle has been presented every year, which meets the high demands of tuning fans as well as maximum safety standards and the requirements of the registration regulations. This time it is a very special TUNE IT! SAFE! car: the most progressive sports car of our time, the BMW i8, which has been further optimised by a wealth of AC Schnitzer innovations.

The suspension of the Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE by AC Schnitzer

First it was lowered by AC Schnitzer by approx. 20 mm on the front and rear axle. This brings the BMW i8 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer much closer to the road than the production vehicle and ensures driving stability in all cornering situations.

Of course also the spring kit of the Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer was tested on the North Loop of the Nürburging as well as on public roads.

The wheels of the Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE by AC Schnitzer

In combination with the AC1 lightweight wheel set, which saves approx. 4.4 kg weight per rim, the lateral dynamics of the i8 Roadster are also noticeably improved. This immense weight saving is realised by the 21-inch AC1 Lightweight Forged Wheels in BiColor (or optionally anthracite), specially developed for the i8 series.

The bodywork of the Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE by AC Schnitzer

The aerodynamic conversion for the police BMW i8 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer is a complex movement made entirely of carbon and developed strictly according to the principle "Form follows Function":

Front spoiler elements, a centre front spoiler and the front side wings as well as the bonnet top for the bonnet ensure that - thanks to higher downforce values - driving pleasure is fully developed. Carbon side skirts left and right in combination with the carbon "Racing" rear wing and the three-part carbon rear diffusor improve the suction effect in the underbody area of the i8, resulting in a better pressure distribution, which provides even more downforce.

The AC Schnitzer aerodynamics range is rounded off by carbon door handle shells and mirror covers as well as the front grille for the BMW kidney, which is available in various specifications; also as a “hot climate version”.

The interior of the Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE by AC Schnitzer

An aluminium shift paddle set, an aluminium pedal set and the aluminium cover for the iDrive System Controller emphasise the lightness of the interior design and at the same time the elegant appearance of the BMW i8 TUNE IT police i8! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer.

With the equipment the TUNE IT! SAFE! Police i8 by AC Schnitzer is not only an eye-catcher - thanks to improved driving dynamics and aerodynamics, it is also perfectly equipped for every pursuit.

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Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer: the first impressions - total playing time: approx. 1.09 min.

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The press articles

"... BMW combines the passion of a sports car with the advantages of electric mobility and AC Schnitzer combines this basis with trend-setting tuning measures." ...

Police i8 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer
TUNE IT! SAFE! Magazine
Issue 01-2019, German - 6.0 pages

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