Bridgestone is delighted to have been chosen by BMW as the exclusive tyre supplier for the new BMW i8, the revolutionary new electric hybrid car.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of Bridgestone tyres selection as the sole development partner for the electric BMW i3 and cements the long-term partnership between the two global giants.
Bridgestone’s engineers developed a tyre for the revolutionary BMW i8 electric hybrid vehicle, which would match its efficiency and dynamic handling characteristics.
Building on its strong tradition of safety, performance and efficient design, Bridgestone’s existing Potenza S001 high-performance sports tyre and a specially developed one, were recently approved by BMW for fitment on the i8.
Several combinations of summer sizes and patterns have been approved, each linked to a specific tyre specification that is developed to deliver optimum performance out on the road:
Front: 195/50 R20 Potenza S001-I 93W XL
Rear: 215/45 R20 Potenza S001-I 95W XL
Front: 215/45 R20 Potenza S001 95W XL
Rear: 245/40 R20 Potenza S001 99W XL
Also, a winter tyre option, Blizzak LM-32 in 215/45 R20 95V XL, is also on the cards.
Jake Rønsholt, Managing Director of the Consumer Business Unit at Bridgestone Europe, commented: “The Potenza S001 has already left its mark on the sports tyre category with its balanced performance resulting in several high-level factory fitments. So it is little wonder that it was chosen to equip the i8, a car which is set to revolutionise its own individual category.
“Delivering true sports performance while still meeting the strict fuel and energy consumption demands of this landmark vehicle has been a tough but rewarding challenge. And we are proud to have achieved such high recognition in being selected as an exclusive tyre supplier by BMW.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office