Famous composer of film soundtracks Hans Zimmer has helped German vehicle manufacturer BMW create a unique sound signature for its upcoming electric models. The aim is to make people feel the performance of these cars through this new sonic experience played in the cabin of the car.
This unlikely collaboration between film composer Hans Zimmer and BMW will result in the creation of an electric engine sound for the BMW i4, its M (high performance) version as well as the BMW iX. These soundscapes should be on offer to customers in the course of 2022.
BMW invited renowned composer of film soundtracks Hans Zimmer (Rain Man, Thelma and Louise, True Romance, The Lion King — for which he nabbed an Oscar) to imagine a different soundscape according to the attributes of each model, its “character” and its performance. The aim is to be able to feel the engine’s performance, especially its acceleration capacity, through the sounds emitted from the passenger compartment.
BMW describes this as a “fascinating and unmistakable” sound experience. The idea is to maintain the pleasure of driving, even in an electric car, through a kind of symphony. One can expect to hear differences depending on different driving modes, with the sound in the “sport” configuration necessarily louder because of the car’s greater power.
The Iconic Sounds Electric feature, which lets you enjoy the car’s signature sound while driving, is standard on the BMW iX and optional for the BMW i4. Current owners will be able to update their software to take advantage of these new sounds if they wish, when they are launched.
Eventually, the sound in the cabin, real or “composed” specially, could become a selling point for BMW and other manufacturers.
(Main and featured image: BMW)
This story was published in ETX Daily Up.