The Californian BMW subsidiary DesignworksUSA has not only contributed to the surface design, but also integrated the traditional BMW grill into the car’s design. However, safety came first in the development process. The drivers are surrounded by a modern monocoque made of carbon-fibre and Kevlar, which is manufactured by Mygale in Magny-Cours, France. The car’s nose cone and rear end feature crash elements made of a carbon-fibre compound with aluminium honeycomb inlay. In case of an accident, wheel retention tethers prevent the wheels breaking free from the car, thus protecting drivers and spectators.
The FB02 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds, and can reach a top speed of 230 km/h. The 140 bhp, in-line, four-cylinder engine is responsible for these impressive figures. The 1.2-litre power train is equally impressive, and its maximum engine speed of 9,250 rpm corresponds to that of a typical racing engine. The combination of compact design and horizontal cylinders ensure a low centre of gravity, which benefits the driving properties. The Hewland sequential gearbox incorporating six forward speeds plus reverse is employed to ensure optimum power transmission.