Moving from concepts and piece-meal implementation, BMW AG is going to production with its 2013 Megacity vehicle (MCV). (The concept shown at top and the carbon fiber cockpit shown underneath.) Every body panel and some interior parts will be made using a carbon fiber the company will mold itself, using carbon fiber from BMW’s new joint venture plant between BMW and SGL Group in Wiesbaden, Germany. The two recently had formed a joint venture under which carbon fibers made in the U.S. at a new plant in Moses Lake, Wash., will be used exclusively to create the MCV’s cockpit structure.
BMW reported that one Megacity prototype structure has been crash-tested from three different positions: two in accordance with EuroNCAP regulations and one under U.S. side-impact rules. After the testing, the passenger cell was still intact, confirming the integrity of the composite structure.