BMW Group unveils in-car G-force and tea-drinking engineTue, 01 Apr 2014
BMW AND Mini have today unveiled pioneering new technologies that produce artificial G-force and even let an engine run on tea leaves.
BMW has revealed plans for a system called Force Injection Booster (FIB), which when activated fires artificial gravity at the driver and passenger through the air conditioning vents.
But the style-conscious needn’t worry, because the German firm has also patented AirNet, the world’s first in-car hair protection technology. With FIB and AirNet, drivers don’t have to compromise. As BMW itself puts it: driving slow never felt so fast.
Meanwhile, Mini has announced the Cooper T; a new derivative of the ever-popular hatchback that runs on a tea-leaf biofuel composite. That’s right – this might be the most elegantly English Mini ever.
It’s not as thirsty as you’d think, with up to 40 miles possible on a single cup of the nation’s favourite drink.
Plus, on top of all the usual safety and luxury equipment the Mini boasts, there’s also a new system called Dunk Avoidance Technology, which, in Mini’s words: “stops peckish owners and opportunistic passersby from inserting biscuits into the Mini T's fuel tank in order to moisten their snacks.”
The Cooper T will be made available in a variety of colours including Chamomile Yellow, Red Bush and Earl Grey.
By Special Correspondent, Liza Orlaround