So, this morning I had the chance of driving an i8 and I have to confess made my otherwise mundane (albeit it recently more interesting) commute to the station rather more enjoyable! My Uncle has had his for just over a year now and came down to ours in it last week from Fort William and averaged 78mpg, in spite of giving it some beans on occasions. It's been sitting outside our house since then, gleaning admiring glances from the Postie and this morning, he let me drive it to the station! Getting into it reminds me of getting into a Lotus Elise or similar, although the carbon tub is even a little wider than the Elise. Inside, pure BMW, but pure class, elegance and style. Close the scissor doors and look rewards to the strangely shaped rear window, you feel like you're in a spaceship. That feeling only continues when you start it and the full Panel Display comes to life with speedo, battery status, petrol status and Power Meter! No noise, no nothing. Reversing off the drive, it moves silently and even driving the half a mile down the perimeter track from our house to the main road was silent. Very little tyre noise even. Being used to the Z4 requiring a little work to get it going and the X3 requiring some boost pressure building, I pulled onto the road and applied a little big of throttle...............I needn't have done so as the Thing set off like a scalded rat! The last one of his cars I drove, a 991 Turbo S was brutal in its power delivery, to the extent that I almost pooped myself everytime boost pressure built, but this was completely linear but brutally effective. I backed off very quickly and set off down the road at 60mph in near silence on a magic carpet-ride. It felt like a mixture of the car floating above the road but being totally dialled in too, like you could lean on it. Very odd combo and nothing I've ever really felt before. The engine comes in completely imperceptibly aside from the slightly fake V8 noise which slowly enters the cabin. I wasn't ragging the car, so it was all very gentle but I can imagine if you prodded the accelerator hard, you'd be rewarded with a very fat kick in the back. Through town it was incredibly easy to place on the road, not at all difficult to see what was going on (arguably my Z4 might be harder to thread through traffic) and was sereen with the lack of noise and start-stop engine. Upon pulling up to the station, I felt like a celebrity - everyone was gawping at the i8, which wasn't helped by the scissor doors opening, which adds to the sense of occasion. The only problem then is making a clean and dignified exit from the vehicle, which is easier said than done! Sadly, it was there that I left it and let my Uncle take over. Unbeknownst to me, having not tried to set any fuel economy record and just driving it normally, I looked at the trip and saw 96mpg I struggle to do 25mpg in the Z4, driven in the same fashion. Anyway, even at 70k they're still way too rich for me but I do see them slipping a lot further in value as technology improves. At 30k I would have one in a heartbeat but I fear by that time, batteries would need looking at seriously and a warranty would be imperative. But what a car! I feel very privileged to have driven it and I'll try and get a few photos up here as it will be "living" with me for a week or so whilst he goes away. I believe that was my one and only chance to drive it as I've not been given the green light to use it whilst he's away, but more to keep it locked in my garage. But no-ones said I can't sit in it, hands on wheel, making funny space ship noises!