WCF friend Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto has managed to lap the Hockenheim (short circuit) in 1:15.2 driving a BMW i8.

WCF friend Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto has managed to lap the Hockenheim (short circuit) in 1:15.2 driving a BMW i8.

The BMW i8 wasn't developed to take down lap records but nevertheless the plug-in hybrid sportscar is proving to be capable on the track. With a lap time of 1 minute and 15.2 seconds, the i8 is just as quick around the short circuit version of the Hockenheim as the '08 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG. Moreover, it's almost as fast as the more recent Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG which posted a lap time of 1:14.90.

Compared to the two, the BMW i8 is considerably more efficient as it has an average fuel consumption of 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK). Let's not forget the i8 has a tiny three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which puts out an impressive 231 HP (170 kW) to the rear wheels and works together with an electric motor transferring 131 HP (96 kW) to the front axle.

With a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW), the BMW i8 will sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds and can be driven on electric power for up to 22 miles (35 km) while in hybrid mode it does 310 miles (500 km).

Although remarkable figures, let's not forget the BMW i8 carries a starting price of $135,700 (without $950 destination & handling fee). Add to the equation the whopping $100,000 dealer markups in United States and you enter supercar territory price.