BMW unveiled some of its plans for electric vehicles earlier this week, saying it would debut 25 electric vehicles by 2023, such as a number of useful concepts, such as the Motorrad Vision DC Roadster motorcycle and the slim BMW Vision M NEXT concept sports car. The company decided to start a website (through TechCrunch) to have fun with its futuristic-looking EV, including getting it Blade Runner 2049 composer Hans Zimmer to develop a science fiction-like sound for it.
The car looks like something from a cyberpunk movie or a video game, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it pops up as part of a product placement agreement with some Hollywood studio in the next few years. EVs do not produce engine noise, so companies have tried to give them a kind of noise profile, to warn pedestrians of their presence, or to convince drivers who miss the sound of a gas engine. Some manufacturers – such as Jaguar or Harley Davidson – their vehicles have given their own futuristic sounding engine noise.
BMW leans against that science fiction feeling with this car. As a composer, Zimmer is known for his work on films such as Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogyand of course Blade Runner 2049 (together with Benjamin Wallfisch). Together with BMW sound designer Renzo Vitale, he produced a sound for the car that looks straight out of a movie – a low whine that sounds like a cross between how a spaceship feels like it should sound, and the classic THX sound test with deep notes.
The company has a number of other fun things for novice cyberpunk car owners to play with – literally. It produced a model for anyone with a 3D printer to create their own printer, as well as files to print a poster for your bedroom.