Photo credit: Brandweer Midden- en West-Brabant
This BMW i8 located in Breda, Netherlands was dropped into a giant container of water by the fire brigade, and it’s not an accident. Simply put, the vehicle caught fire in the showroom, and due to all of its electronics, the entire car needed to be submerged in water to ensure that nothing else would catch fire after the larger flames were extinguished. This sports car is a hybrid powered by a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter engine paired with an 11.6 kWh battery powering an electric motor to produced a combined 369 horsepower. Read more for images before it took the dive.
“Such extreme lengths are sometimes needed because it takes a lot of water to put battery fires out, or about 3,000 gallons by Tesla’s estimation, and the fires can linger for up to a day. There’s also wires that firefighters shouldn’t cut (the orange ones, because those are the high-voltage ones) and constant threat of reignition,” reports Jalopnik.