BMW Individual Manufaktur has presented a new one-off vehicle which incorporates metal additively manufactured brake callipers. The BMW Individual M850i Night Sky was designed to mark the Quadrantids meteor shower which took place in January 2019, with the inclusion of illuminated constellations on the centre console and the use of meteoric material, deposited on earth in former meteor showers, in its interior cabin.
The vehicle features metal additively manufactured brake callipers said to feature an intelligent lightweight, bionic design which mimics that of bones. The brake callipers were developed by BMW Motorsport and reportedly weigh up to 30% less than components produced using conventional manufacturing, with the substantial reduction in unsprung mass said to improve driving dynamics and ride comfort.
The brake calliper design also incorporates the brake fluid channels into the structure of the part, reducing the number of components required. The BMW Individual M850i Night Sky was showcased at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.
(Source: Metal AM_Vol.5_N°1)