In a world of increasingly complex control systems, tighter environmental regulations and tougher safety regulations, the world of car customisation is now as much about body kits and cosmetic changes as it is about engine transplants, transmission tweaks and roof chops. And in the world of custom modifications, no one does body kits quite like the Japanese.
So it’s no surprise that a Japanese custom shop — Tokyo-based BMW specialists Garage Everyn — has become the first place in the world to offer owners of the BMW i3 electric car a way to make their cars look a little less pedestrian and a lot more race-ready.
As BMWBlog (via GreenCarReports) explains, the Japanese tuning house has designed a fairly aggressive body kit that not only gives the BMW i3 a new front bumper, but also a large dose of carbon fibre, a rear diffuser, flared wheel arches, and wide, l0w profile 20-inch alloys.
Nick-named the BMW EVO i3, the car is currently on display at the company’s Setagaya shop in the Tokyo Suburbs, and will serve as the template for future aftermarket body kits for would-be environmentally-conscious boy racers.
While the body kit certainly gives the mild-mannered BMW i3 a much more aggressive stance on the road, we note that it’s also likely to be far less efficient than the stock i3 or i3 REx.
That’s because while the BMW i3’s original design was carefully built to be as aerodynamic and energy efficient as possible with smooth bumper and narrow wheels, the EVO i3 is anything but.
Inspired by race going cars rather than energy efficiency, the bumper alone contains enough sharp edges and massive air intakes to significantly increase the i3’s coefficient of drag. The wider wheels, while they may increase grip and look fabulous, will also lower the i3’s energy efficiency due to increased drag and rolling resistance. That said, unless you’re planning driving more than about 70 miles in the BMW EVO i3, we don’t think it’ll cause you any problems.
After all, if you’ve got a BMW i3 fitted with a radical body kit, you’re going to want to go slower so everyone can see it, right?
What do you think of the Everyn EVO i3? What do you think of body kits on electric cars in general? And would you invest in one for your car?
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