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One-Off BMW Coupe Features Interior Made of Meteorites

By Paul Joseph

German luxury carmaker BMW has created a one-off 8-Series coupe that features genuine meteorite fragments studded into the interior trim.

Called the “Night Sky,” the special edition is based on the BMW M850i and has been created to celebrate the Quadrantids meteor shower that lights up the night skies in the first week of January every year.

Meteorite rocks decorate the centre-console trim, the engine-start button, the gear selector, the iDrive control knob, and even the doorsills.

Additionally, the trim parts feature a unique geometric pattern, which is named “Widmanstätten” after the scientist who first observed it. The pattern is only found in the structure of extra-terrestrial materials.

The Night Sky edition was created by the BMW Individual Manufaktur division, which closely worked with the Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics throughout the process to ensure the correct use of the materials.

The special pattern can also be found on the three-tone leather seats along with the exterior mirror caps, the trim in the lower front air intakes, and the fender vents, which were all created through 3D printing.

The one-off car also features 3D-printed aluminium brake calipers with a “bionic design” that were developed by BMW Motorsport, who claim that they are 30 per cent lighter than the standard components.

The special edition wears a unique paint in which black base forms a base layer beneath graduated coats of San Marino Blue. Three layers of clear top coat, mixed with varying pigment particle sizes types, add a deep, sparkling finish.

Other than that, the Night Sky is mechanically identical to the standard M850i and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 523 horsepower.

Pricing for the one-of-a-kind car has not been announced.

By Paul Joseph