BMW Individual M850i Night Sky Has Actual Meteorites Inside
BMW unveiled a special rendition of the BMW M850i model tonight, just ahead of a massive meteorite shower. Dubbed BMW Individual M850i Night Sky, the bespoke car is claiming to have actual meteorite bits inside.
The show of shooting stars will begin when the Earth briefly passes through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, during which time fragments from the asteroid will enter our planet’s atmosphere and burn up. On rare occasions, smaller rocks in space penetrate our planet’s protective shield and fall to Earth as meteorites. Some of these extra-terrestrial fragments have now been incorporated into the cabin of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky.
The meteoritic rock adorns the whole of the center console’s trim plate, the start/stop button for the V8 engine, the selector lever for the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and the Touch Controller for the iDrive system, creating a visual and tactile effect unparalleled in the automotive sector. Inlays made from meteorite material have also been incorporated into the door sill finishers, together with an illuminated model badge.
You also might've noticed the special roof upholstery and the interesting pattern on the seats. That's the Widmanstätten surface pattern found on meteorites. The strictly geometric structure, with its straight lines, has the appearance of ice crystals and becomes visible when certain types of iron meteorite are polished or brought into contact with acidic compounds. The structure is the result of the metal alloy cooling down in an extremely slow process that cannot be reproduced on Earth, making it an unmistakable signature of extra-terrestrial material. The unique pattern was first observed back in the early 19th century by a number of people, including the Austrian scientist Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten, after whom it is named.
The Widmanstätten structure can also be seen milled into the brake discs of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky, the exterior mirror caps, the front splitters for the side air intakes at the front of the car, the centre mesh plate and the surrounds for the Air Breathers on the front side panels. All these details were done thanks to 3D Printing technology, which has been used by BMW for quite some time now.