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He knows that performance is an integral part of the BMWaDNA, but seems determined to pair it with a large measure of environmental friendliness. Thatas why M100 is being developed by the Project i team under the new programme director Roberto Fedeli , who recently moved from Ferrarias Maranello HQ to Munich. Click here to see a free digital preview of the new issue of CAR magazine . What we know about the new BMW i8S project M100 Although the name has yet to be finalised, we hear that the i8S badge is a working title for this sports car, which will be shown for BMas centenary - and hit showrooms a year later by the end of 2017. It is not merely an engineering showpiece but a proper production model, CAR understands. Although it is loosely based on the i8 , the flagship coupe features so many bespoke parts that it could almost be described as a new car. The i8as Life and Drive modules - the carbonfibre upper and the aluminium-intensive chassis - will be retained, but the individual elements are more comprehensively integrated, the material mix is even more diverse and the more efficient packaging eliminates the token rear seats in favour of a bigger luggage bay, sources say. Expect a virtually redesigned suspension with more aggressive kinematics, along with stronger brakes and wider tyres. Even though the new flagship coupe bears a certain resemblance to the i8, it is safe to expect that the car will sport an free even more dynamic look as well as ground-effect aerodynamics. What will power the 2016 BMW i8S? This remains an i8-based sports car, which means itall still be a plug-in hybrid.

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The university's Quad Drop-Off service will also beginrunning, allowing tailgaters to shuttle their supplies to the Quad. Johnson estimates there are 28,000 cars on campus on a typical game day, withonly 22,000 available parking spaces. "But we have a lot of grass," she adds. Many people work overnight Friday maintaining the lots and assisting in RV areas. About 40 Tuscaloosa and Alabama Department of Transportation officials will help with traffic throughout the day -- blocking off streets and directing traffic flow. For games in which ESPN's College GameDay broadcast crew is in town, like Saturday's Iron Bowl, a portion of University Boulevard will be blocked off at 7 a.m. to allow for the huge crowd of fans the broadcast will certainly draw. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox estimates that more than 400 city employees work overtime between Thursday and Saturday, costing an estimated $750,000 a year. But he adds that the impact of game days on the city's economy is between $17 and $18 million.

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