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BMW designs a car to a four year-old's specifications

BMW designs a car to a four ye...
The incomparable ELI429 (Image: BMW)
The incomparable ELI429 (Image: BMW)
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The incomparable ELI429 (Image: BMW)

Who says that car makers don’t listen to their customers? A reader at Jalopnik asked for help in producing a concept image for a car built to the specifications of his four year-old nephew, Eli – BMW responded with the ride we all secretly wish we owned.

As per Eli’s specs, it’s a BMW with 42-wheel drive powered by 19 Porsche engines cranking 459 bhp (319 kW) each. Controlling this behemoth takes three drivers, who can all steer simultaneously. There's also a huge toy trunk with its own air vent and plenty of interior room to play.

Eli’s uncle chipped in with suggestions that the engines be water-cooled turbocharged boxer 6's linked to a single transmission, and came up with the model name 4219ELI.

If BMW doesn’t put this on the market, we will definitely be disappointed.

Sources: BMW, Jalopnik

22 comments
Gadgety
Hilarious. Great to see they entertain a sense of humor. By the looks, though, I'd expect this to be a tire company's product. Michelin, Pirelli, Continental...
The Skud
Isn't it nice to own the factory and be able to spend this much money on engineering such a vehicle? Pity there is no link to a video clip though. Any chance of a follow-up with an 'exploded' breakdown of the engineering?
RexJ
This is wicked. the boy had to be under 7 with this imagination. Now if I could get Bentley to create a car based on my imagination when I was 17 !! That WOULD be something else. Trouble would be to get the authorities to allow it to be made and then there would be the small matter of censorship. :)
nutcase
Did Eli also design the Lykan Hypersports?
symon419
brilliant car, well done eli and thank you to bmw for making a 4 year old's dreams come true
Bob Stuart
"we all secretly wish we owned?" Please, let me try to introduce myself as a human being who has outlived any desire for any of the expensive cars shown here, let alone this silly monsrosity. I still know enough about exotic cars to be totally embarrassed by it. If this isn't a hoax, my respect for BMW just evaporated.
bergamot69
Oh, come now, Bob Stuart, I think this is wonderful! Of course they aren't going to build this for real- a Porsche engine (let alone 19 of them) in a BMW just isn't going to happen. My inner 3 year old approves!
John Snook
I see nothing about the MSRP.
Siegfried Gust
Bob, they only created a concept image. No engineering was do on this, I'm pretty sure. My guess is a designer only spent a few hours putting this image together. No ones suggesting this is a real concept. It's entertaining, no more.
Valtrose
Ahh, the Bavarian Batmobile! Very cool.