(from BMW Press
Release) The 2007 BMW Concept 1 Series tii
• Design study based
on the BMW 1 Series Coupé with an uncompromising focus on
• BMW Concept 1 Series tii as a young interpretation of classic
BMW brand values.
• Implementation of specific requirements for motorsport ensured
through the design of the car.
• Design study following the tradition of BMW’s compact, light
and extremely sporting coupés. The characteristic features of
models particularly successful in motorsport have gone straight
into BMW Concept 1 Series tii.
• BMW Concept 1 Series tii underlines the extremely sporting
potential and the youthful, temperamental character of the BMW 1
Series. The design study raises the focus on pure driving
pleasure already associated with the BMW 1 Series Coupé to an
even higher standard.
• As the fifth concept car presented by BMW in 2007 alone, BMW
Concept 1 Series tii clearly demonstrates the exceptional
bandwidth covered by
the world’s leading manufacturer of premium cars. Following the
BMW M3 Concept Car, the BMW Concept CS and the BMW Concept
X6/BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, BMW Concept 1 Series tii stands
out as a unique symbol of maximum driving pleasure also in the
• Through its
unique, completely different design, BMW Concept 1 Series tii
clearly emphasises its outstanding potential in driving
• Optimised aerodynamics on the body with individual,
distinctive design of the front air dam, side-sills and rear air
dam. Special gurney flaps generating additional downforce on the
• Further enhancement of agility and efficiency through
consistent lightweight engineering using carbon components inter
alia on the engine compartment lid, the mirror caps, and the
inlays for the front air intakes at the side. Significant
reduction of weight versus series production cars.
• Sporting, accentuated, contrasting and, at the same time,
typical BMW colour scheme on the exterior and interior. The body
colour Alpine White is combined with the very dark carbon
structure of the CFP elements, with further highlights added in
• BMW Concept 1 Series tii takes up striking features of former
motorsport models in many of its details: fins along the engine
compartment lid to optimise the flow of air, contrasting colour
scheme on the engine compartment lid, decal strips on the roof
of the car and the rear lid in contrasting colour, visible, open
interpretation of specific motorsport standards through the
concept of the interior design as well as colours and material
• Sports bucket seats with integrated headrests and side
three-spoke sports steering wheel and gearshift knob with
alcantara cover, model-specific door linings, door closing
handles and armrest on the driver’s side.
• The contrasting colour scheme (Black, White, Blue) and the
various functions and features derived from motorsport also
characterise the interior of BMW Concept 1 Series tii.
• The white rev counter highlights this instrument of particular
significance in motorsport, the sports steering wheel with its
white spokes and trim taking up the exterior colour scheme.
• Use of dark alcantara on the door linings and the instrument
panel prevents reflections and accentuates the driver-oriented
design and configuration of the cockpit. Alcantara on the seats,
the steering wheel rim and the gearshift knob optimises side
support and, respectively, the driver’s grip.
• The newly developed structure tissue for the footwell
accentuates the sporting and functional character of the
youthfulness and superior sportiness – all these features are
presented and highlighted impressively in BMW Concept 1 Series tii.
Based on the new BMW 1
Series Coupé being presented to the world public for the first time
at the Tokyo Motor Show 2007, this fascinating design study is the
consistent evolution of BMW’s compact two-door with a clear focus on
uncompromising sportiness. With its aerodynamically optimised body,
a wide range of lightweight features serving to minimise the weight
of the car and its axle load distribution, as well as an interior
tailored specifically to the ambitious driver, this concept study
clearly offers a high level of driving dynamics right from the
BMW Concept 1 Series tii
thus offers a very highly concentrated rendition of the brand’s
sporting genes, at the same time proving the dynamic character of
BMW’s compact two-door in offering the ultimate in driving pleasure.
In its design, BMW
Concept 1 Series tii clearly takes up the traditional features and
characteristics of successful BMW sports cars in the past: At very
first sight the beholder will see features which made numerous BMW
Coupés an outstanding success on both the road and the race track
back in the 1960s and ’70s. These were cars characterised by compact
dimensions, low weight with perfect balance front-to-rear, as well
as powerful engines conveying their superior muscle to the rear
Particularly the BMW 02 introduced back in 1966 was acknowledged as
the epitome of supreme agility and thrilling, highly dynamic driving
characteristics based on these success factors. And now the new BMW
1 Series Coupé represents the same philosophy: Light, agile, and
powerful, this compact two-door with its unparalleled,
ultra-sporting handling provides an unprecedented experience at the
The similarities between
these two models result in particular from the concept of the car,
BMW Concept 1 Series tii bringing out all these strengths and
clearly demonstrating how much the development principles applied
more than four decades ago are still most appropriate today in
creating sports models truly fascinating in every respect.
Traditional and modern: lightweight construction as the basic
principle, CFP as the solution.
BMW Concept 1 Series tii combines visual features carried over from
the past with the most advanced technology in development and
production. Particularly the basic principle of the car rests on
traditional values, while high-tech materials and applications are
used in the implementation process.
To save weight and ensure a harmonious balance of axle load,
selected components on BMW Concept 1 Series tii are made of carbon-fibre-reinforced
plastic (CFP): Apart from the engine compartment lid and the mirror
caps, the inlays on the side air intakes in the front air dam, the
gurney flap on the rear lid, and the inlay in the rear bumper are
all made of this extremely light and exceptionally strong material.
From a distance the
components made of CFP would appear to be black – it is only at
closer sight that the fine carbon-fibre structure of the surface
covered by transparent, matt paintwork becomes visible. The dark
surface of the CFP engine compartment lid reduces the reflection of
sunlight and promotes driver concentration in the process. The wide,
white sunglare strip at the top end of the windscreen serves the
same purpose, preventing any dazzle effect when the sun is low on
Black, white and blue – typical BMW colours all the way.
The contrasting effect
resulting from the Alpine White paintwork and the dark CFP
components results from fundamental functional requirements. But at
the same time this contrasting colour scheme is also a major styling
feature characterising the look and appearance of BMW Concept 1
Series tii. Indeed, to really accentuate the appearance of the car,
BMW Concept 1 Series tii comes with decal stripes extending from the
front headlight units all the way to the air flow lip on the rear
lid, the gurney made of CFP and particularly large in size covering
the entire body of the car. On the engine compartment the stripes
come in white, on the roof and the rear lid they continue in black.
A third colour is used
at less exposed points to provide yet another optical highlight:
This is the colour blue proudly displayed on the brake callipers, on
one of the five wheel bolts on each rim, and on the towing fixture
in the front air dam which – as is generally the case with cars in
motorsport – is not covered by a cap or seal.
The contrast of black
and white and the discreet use of features finished in blue creates
a trinity of colours also taken up by the exterior and generating an
extroverted but well-balanced effect also because the choice of
colours is the same as on BMW’s brand logo, thus bearing clear
testimony to a great heritage.
Front-end design: aerodynamics
optimised to the last detail.
Not only the colour
scheme, but also the design of the car sets BMW Concept 1 Series tii
distinctly apart from the standard versions of the BMW 1 Series
Coupé. Indeed, the unique character and class of the design study is
visible immediately from every angle and perspective: Apart from the
components made of CFP, the front air dam, the side-sills and the
rear bumper as well as the rear lid are all brand-new in design. The
objective in this design process was to optimise the car’s
aerodynamic qualities, consistently reflecting the extremely dynamic
commitment of BMW Concept 1 Series tii.
To meet the particular
requirements made of such a car, the structure of the front air dam
differs significantly from the air dam in regular production models:
The particularly muscular side air intakes are coated inside with
CFP and the front air dam comes on both sides with so-called air
These air guidance elements standing out slightly to the front
ensure a specific downward flow of air, part of the air flow going
into the side intakes, the rest beneath the car.
Yet another feature
carried over from motorsport and serving to optimise the flow of air
is the arrangement of fins on the engine compartment lid. These air
guidance strips extending along the outer edges of the engine
compartment lid promote the car’s aerodynamic qualities and enhance
driving stability at high speeds. The positive effect ensured in
this way was already proven back in the mid-1970s on the BMW 3.0 CSL.
The BMW kidney grille
also comes in special design on BMW Concept 1 Series tii, omitting
the kidney grille bars otherwise found on the BMW 1 Series Coupé and
other production models. Instead, the cooling air flowing into the
car goes through a wide honeycomb grid.
Yet a further sign of
distinction is the dark trim bars on the headlights additionally
highlighting the striking dual round headlights behind clear glass
so typical of BMW.
Side view: classic silhouette,
The BMW 1 Series Coupé
comes with all the proportions so characteristic of BMW Coupés for
many decades. The defining feature is the so-called three-box
architecture, the clearly chiselled distinction between the engine
compartment, the passenger cell, and the luggage compartment.
Together with the
greenhouse moved far to the back and the gently tapered roofline
extending to the rear end at a striking angle, the long engine
compartment lid gives the car a truly unmistakable silhouette. The
combination of the muscular car body and the light-looking roof
structure, finally, gives
this compact two-door a particularly dynamic and sporting look from
The side view of BMW Concept 1 Series tii is further enhanced in its
sportiness by the side-sills developed specifically for this design
study: The side-sills are particularly muscular in design, the light
contour edge rising slightly towards the rear accentuating the wedge
shape of the silhouette and giving the entire car an even lower and
more dynamic look.
The round opening in the
side-sills directly in front of the rear wheel also provides a clear
sign of sporting performance, acting as a further element in
optimising the flow of air and at the same time guiding the
beholder’s view to the rear wheels, where the power of the engine is
conveyed to the road.
BMW Concept 1 Series tii comes on 18-inch light-alloy rims in
five-spoke design and a dark chrome colour scheme developed
specifically for this design study.
Perfect flow of air determining
the design of the rear end.
This clear focus on
optimum aerodynamics continues into the design of the rear end,
where the body of BMW Concept 1 Series tii is again specially
designed for a smooth flow of air and the specific requirements of
outstanding driving dynamics. The air contour lip on the rear lid,
the so-called gurney,
is far larger than on the “regular” BMW 1 Series Coupé. Indeed,
through its shape and dimensions this component also made of CFP
offers all the qualities required for generating maximum downforce
on the rear axle at high speeds to give the car even greater driving
The inlay in the rear
bumper is likewise made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, its
three-piece structure taking up the graphics of the air intakes at
the front end of the car. The diffuser split by two bars, in turn,
ensures a controlled flow of air also along the lower part of the
car, reducing air swirl at the rear to a minimum.
Interior design continuing the
car’s sporting line.
The interior of BMW
Concept 1 Series tii is certainly an ideal place to experience pure
driving pleasure, with the emphasis consistently on sporting
qualities and performance. This is borne out, first, by the colour
scheme carried over from the exterior and, second, by a wide range
of features derived directly from motorsport and thus offering
supreme function in perfect control and management of the car.
While the interior takes
up the black-and-white contrast of the car’s exterior finish, the
balance of colours is precisely the other way round: Like the dark
CFP elements on the exterior, white-painted surfaces inside the car
add highlights at a few carefully selected points – the grab handles
on the doors and the spokes on the sports steering wheel. Even so,
the visual effect created in this way is striking and powerful,
since these features are not only important eye-catchers, but are
actually used relatively often in practice.
The colour blue provides
a clear focus on the driver within the interior, blue seat seams and
a blue decal ring at the bottom of the gearshift lever knob
providing visual highlights most befitting the BMW brand. A further
point is that the seat belt on the driver’s seat also comes in this
The seat belts on the
other three seats, by contrast, are in silver, which is also the
colour of the seat seams. Clearly, this distinction is restricted to
the look of the seat belts as an eye-twinkling sign as to which of
the four seats is the most appealing in a car of this nature.
Tailored to the driver, built for
The interior design of
BMW Concept 1 Series tii is tailored specifically to the driver,
applying principles known to offer an intense and successful driving
experience also in motorsport.
Dominant use of dark
colours within the interior, for example, makes it easier for the
driver to concentrate fully on the road and the traffic around him.
The surface trim on the A-pillars and roof lining in anthracite
forms one unit with the instrument panel, the door and side
panels.Finished in black alcantara, the instrument panel – like the
dark engine compartment lid on BMW Concept 1 Series tii – helps
efficiently to avoid any reflection of light which might impair the
The design of the
instrument cluster also reflects the usual style and focus in
motorsport, the white face of the rev counter with its red
indicators attracting even more attention than the dark face on the
The sports steering
wheel is the perfect interface between man and machine. Finished in
alcantara all round, the steering wheel rim offers particularly good
grip, giving the driver maximum precision at the wheel even in fast
manoeuvres and when suddenly changing direction.
The seats in BMW Concept
1 Series tii are yet another new development for sports motoring:
Finished in a combination of alcantara and leather, the sports
bucket seats offer perfect stability at the side. Further highlights
are the integrated headrests and side airbags. And last but not
least in this context,
the rear passengers also enjoy a sporting and low seating position.
The model designation on the door cutout strips rounds off the
individual ambience within BMW Concept 1 Series tii. The linings in
the footwells, finally, are made of a new, particularly hard-wearing
textile tissue reminiscent in its surface structure of the CFP
Traditional values, modern
concept, unique result.
Outside and inside, from
every perspective and in all its details, BMW Concept 1 Series tii
conveys a clear message: the objective to offer uncompromising
So in developing this
design study, BMW’s engineers, designers and other specialists took
the opportunity to combine traditional values with the latest
technology. In the process they benefited from the new BMW 1 Series
Coupé offering a modern car concept authentically presenting the
sporting roots of the brand.
Precisely this is the
underlying character further enhanced by BMW Concept 1 Series tii
following a clear-cut philosophy with no cause for moderation – on
the contrary: BMW Concept 1 Series tii shows impressively which
highlights were applied in the car’s development and what potential
the BMW 1 Series Coupé has to offer in terms of sporting
The looks and appearance
of BMW Concept 1 Series tii bear out all the fascination of
motorpsort, the heritage of the BMW brand giving the designers
additional inspiration. In particular, they focused in the design
process on BMW’s compact two-door models in the 1960s and ‘70s, cars
which at the time made an important contribution to the development
of the brand and BMW as a company, becoming the very epitome of
unparalleled driving pleasure.
Indeed, these cars owed
their success to features typical of BMW even at the time and still
offering a unique thrill today: low weight, powerful engines,
supreme agility. These factors for success therefore still
apply in today’s world. But at the same time the demands made by the
customer have changed significantly, as have the potentials offered
by modern technology and BMW’s model range.
The number of segments
in which BMW is represented today is larger than ever before. So the
brand offers Sheer Driving Pleasure in all kinds of different
manifestations. But the concept of Sheer Driving Pleasure remains
just as up-to-date and popular as before, coming out particularly in
the BMW 1 Series Coupé: No other car offers equally dynamic driving
characteristics, simply because no other brand offers comparable
heritage and experience in the production of sporting and compact
two-door models. And this makes it all the more logical and tempting
to enhance the fascinating character of this model with utmost
consistency in the guise of BMW Concept 1 Series tii.