BMW's newest go-green system: MTT

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bmw.co.uk said:
BMW?s award-winning EfficientDynamics programme has been taken to the next level with the announcement of an innovative fuel and emissions saving system called Magnetic Tow Technology (MTT). In a bid to retain its World Green Car of the Year crown, BMW will launch MTT across its range today.

The unique system, developed in conjunction with NASA, works via a discreet unit located in the front valance that projects an enhanced magnetic beam 20 metres in front of the BMW. Once a suitable target car is located and the BMW is magnetically locked on behind it, the driver is then able to take his foot off the accelerator, turn off the engine and let the car in front do all the work. The towing car will not notice any change in manoeuvrability.

The BMW driver can unhook from the towing car at any time by depressing the clutch pedal to start the vehicle. This is the same method used to operate the existing Start Stop system. Drivers of automatic transmission BMWs need only move the lever into the ?D? position to continue on their way. Early research indicates that MTT could save as much as 30 per cent in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Gurus from BMW?s in-house driving etiquette guide suggest flashing the car in front and giving a friendly hand gesture to thank them for the free ride.

BMW?s Head of Innovation, Dr Noitt All, a specialist in Kinetic Ride And Propulsion, said: ?BMW has always been a leader in the application of the very latest automotive technology. Up until now the EfficientDynamics programme has looked at ways of improving the performance of our own products, but we thought why burn your own fuel when you can burn someone else?s??

The 56-year-old boffin promised more to come from his innovation workshop but in the meantime recommended people email his colleague uve.vollenvorit@bmw.co.uk to be kept abreast of further developments.

For more product information please call 0800 777 119.
Source: http://bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/about/news/0,,1156___co-181251681,00.html

EDIT: BMW UK's site is kinda sketchy today, so you might get all kinds of errors trying to load the page
 
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They have stolen Clarksons idea :p
 

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Read this in one of the papers here this morning. Haven't seen any of their pranks before, bet they had loads of people fooled. :D
 

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:lmao: As always, good stuff from BMW.
 

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I swear, every one of those "pranks" in CrazyRussian's post will become real someday.

Even the SHEF. ;)
 

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^ I think you can actually do that in quite a lot of military / heavy duty off road vehicles. One I know certainly is the Sovjet BRDM2, which has been 'round since the 60ies.
 

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I actually almost believed this one, and it *could* work if you drove REALLY close to the car infront, but the fake ad mentions "20 meters" and as soon as I read that I knew it was a prank

Nice idea though, all of the others too!
 

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hahaha save fuel for you, but not for the towing car.. That'd be messed up, its like stealing gas. I want itT!! BMW MAKEEE ITTT!!!
Better learn to rope them steer, boi.

Brings me to an idea. Cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboarders "skitching" on cars has got to be costing some fuel in the long run.

We should run them over.
 
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