Film soundtrack virtuoso Hans Zimmer has partnered up with BMW to create the sounds of electric cars for the future, to keep drivers as connected to their electric vehicle as they are their gas-powered ones.
One of the greatest advantages to having an electric car is that it doesn't make any noise, making for a more relaxing and luxurious drive.
For some, though, the lack of sound is a detriment to the driving experience, and if BMW is going to claim it's still building 'The Ultimate Driving Machine,' it's going to have to do something about the sounds that its electric cars make.
Enter Hans Zimmer, who is partnering up with Renzo Vitale, acoustic engineer and sound designer at the BMW Group, to create the sound for the BMW Vision M NEXT.
'We want to get BMW IconicSounds Electric in position for customers who value emotional sound,' said Jens Thiemer, senior vice-president BMW Brand. 'With BMW IconicSounds Electric they will be able to experience the joy of driving with all their senses.'
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For his part, the composer behind the Dark Knight
Batman soundtrack says BMW is in his blood. 'I have always been a BMW enthusiast. As a kid, I used to recognize my mother coming home by the sound of her BMW,' said Zimmer.
'I am thrilled to get the chance to design the sound of future electric BMW's and create emotion for the future electric driving experience.'
So Hans Zimmer is essentially going to create the sound that future generations of electric cars will make—that's pretty cool. If Zimmer can come up with a sound that even comes close to igniting as much passion as a 3.0-litre BMW straight-six, we'll be seriously impressed.