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Old 12-08-2015, 10:31 PM   #1
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Replacing an i8's Hybrid System with 800HP V8


Who buys a perfectly good, new, i8 and then cuts it up? Sound like someone has lost it, or maybe they just have a grander vision for the car. Fortunately its the latter. Gabura Racing Technologies, out of Germany, envisioned the i8 with far more power and of course, less electric bits. So some big changes were planned and started, including a new nameV8i.

So far, the electric motors and batteries have been ditched for a more powerful and less green S63 V8 from an M6. The engine has been massaged a bit and makes a claimed 800hp! Power will be delivered to the wheels through a six-speed sequential gear box, which is designed and manufactured in house. Also designed and made in house, are new front and rear subframes, which will be the new homes for the motor and trans. The motor will sit up front and the trans, just in front of the rear axle.

Work still continues on the V8i, however, this prototype should be ready some time in 2016. Who else is looking forward to seeing some videos of it in action? For the time being, here's their teaser video for V8i.

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Old 12-08-2015, 10:33 PM   #2
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Thanks Bernie.......good read. Merry Christmas
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:36 PM   #3
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Marry Christmas Bern!

Look at that subtle jet-black coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a 6mt.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:36 PM   #4
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Should be interesting when it's done. Lots of motor up front.
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:24 AM   #5
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Cool project. Video is cheesy af, though.
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