Drill baby drill!ian4x4 wrote:Carbon fiber laminates with different fiber alignments are then arranged into stacks made up of several layers and following various lines, before being cut to shape. These stacks form the base material for the production of CFRP parts and components at the BMW facilities in Landshut and Leipzig. Scrap CFRP is recycled in Wackersdorf and subsequently channelled back into use – in roof of the BMW i models, for example. Currently, around 10 percent of the carbon fibere used in the BMW i3 is recycled material
http://www.compositesworld.com/news/bmw ... d-assembly
It seems to say that the roof is unstressed.
The fact that the coverings around the CFRP roof are flexible plastic means a clamp-on device is not likely to work very well, so I'm not sure that will happen!CARiD wrote:Looks likr the roof rack on the original link is universal and designed for regular cars with metal roof, so it's a bad idea to use it on a CF roof.
I am sure Thule will come up with a custom fit variant designed for i3, it's just the question of time.
Ski trips in an i3? RWD, in snow/ice, up mountains, with 70 miles range. Backup power is 30 hp at the wheels, so not much for going up mountains. Plus, who wants to drill into a leased car's roof?bencpeters wrote:I'm very interested in getting an I3, but need to be able to put a roof box on it for transporting skis in the winter. I was dismayed to learn that there are no roof rack options available "out of the box" for the car,
Not all of us live so far from mountains... Skiing for me is only 10-20 minutes of driving depending on which trail head I go to, and doesn't have to involve steep roads. Plus, I ski almost every day in the winter and only a relatively small fraction of days actually have appreciable snow (anything under 6" or so I find is very manageable with RWD and good snow tires if you know how to drive on snow).electrons wrote: Ski trips in an i3? RWD, in snow/ice, up mountains, with 70 miles range. Backup power is 30 hp at the wheels, so not much for going up mountains. Plus, who wants to drill into a leased car's roof?