BMW’s new “Night Sky” M850i has real meteorites built into its interior.
Meteorites, as far as car materials go, are not cheap. Selling for as much as $300 per gram (and sometimes more, depending on what the meteorite is made out of), making a car out of the stuff is an extravagance that few humans can afford. Nor would they want to, as meteorites are still mostly silica and iron rock, which isn’t exactly light.
So it comes as some surprise that German luxury carmaker BMW decided to make a special edition one-off 8-series with meteorites built into the center dash.
They call it the “Night Sky”, and just one look makes the reason for that pretty obvious. The car is built to look like a night sky and was even presented during a meteor shower that took place on the night of January 3rd.
"By employing materials that are literally out of this world, BMW Individual Manufaktur has succeeded in giving the car unique and highly original aesthetic appeal,” writes BMW in their press release, which isn’t entirely true. Rolls-Royce famously created a similar aesthetic for their cars using LEDs and diamonds, but we’ll give BMW the point for using actual freakin’ meteorites for their sedan.
You will find crushed up meteorite in the Night Sky’s center console, push start button, gear shifter, and Touch Controller for its iDrive system. You’ll also find it in the door sills and the illuminated model badge.
But that’s not all! BMW also incorporated a specific meteor-inspired pattern, called the Widmanstätten pattern, on the car’s hand-stitched headliner, center console trim, brake discs, side mirrors, front splitter, and side air intakes. The pattern is named after Austrian scientist Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten, who discovered the unique geometric shapes in extra-terrestrial objects in the 19th century.
Completing the car’s aesthetic is a graduated paint job that starts out San Marino blue near the bottom and works its way to a pure black by the time you reach the roof.
The car is still powered by a 4.4-L twin-turbo V8 with 523 horses, which apparently don’t go any faster when you install a bunch of space rocks. Ah well.