Vision EfficientDynamics – the prototype BMW i8

Mario Majdandzic is currently chief designer at Toyota. From 2006 to 2012 he worked as an exterior designer for BMW where he came up with the twisted and folded bodywork of the 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, shown in these exuberant painted sketches.

Of course we now know this car as the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, which rolled out in 2014. An i8 Concept popped up in the middle, in 2011, which provided a stepping stone between the two designs.

The roadgoing i8 is an arresting car, but the original Vision it was based on is a work of art. It established a striking layered approach to bodywork that has been highly influential in the years since the concept was revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.