BMW announced today that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder gas engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be produced exclusively at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham, UK.

“Our Hams Hall engine plant, which last week celebrated production of the three-millionth engine since the plant was opened in February 2001, will make an important contribution to the future success of the new BMW i brand and the company’s strategy for achieving sustainable mobility” said Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG, sales and marketing BMW. “The new 3-cylinder petrol engines will enable our future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to set new standards for dynamic performance in combination with industry-leading fuel-efficiency and low carbon emission levels.”

The BMW i8 Concept is a contemporary sports car boasting BMW’s eDrive plug-in hybrid concept combining an electric drive system with a high-performance three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine producing 349 horsepower. Acceleration of 0-60 mph in under five seconds combined with the fuel consumption in the European cycle of under approximately 78 mpg gives sports car performance with small car fuel consumption.

The all-electric range is approximately 20 miles. The 2+2 seater will provide enough space for four people.

Over three million engines have been produced to date at the Hams Hall engine plant for a wide range of BMW and MINI vehicles. This milestone follows record production in 2011 and confirmation that facilities are to be upgraded to enable production of the new generation of engines.

The UK-built engines are supplied in sequence to production plants in Germany, Austria and Oxford and currently power the BMW X1, BMW 1 Series, the new BMW 3 Series as well as all MINI gas engines.