BMW introduced some of its electric vehicle plans earlier this week, saying that by 2023, it would present 25 electric vehicles, such as some prestigious concepts such as the Motorrad Vision DC Roadster motorcycle and the stylish BMW Vision M NEXT sports car. The company decided to launch a website (via TechCrunch) to have fun with your EV futuristic look, including getting it Blade Runner 2049 composer Hans Zimmer has developed a science fiction sound for him.
The car looks like something from a cyberpunk movie or video game, and I would not be surprised if it came out as part of a product placement contract with some Hollywood study in the next few years. The EV does not produce engine noise, so companies are working on giving them some kind of sound profile, whether they warn pedestrians in their presence, or convincing drivers who miss the gas engine sound. Some manufacturers – like Jaguar or Harley Davidson – have given their vehicles their own futuristic engine noise.
BMW relies on that science fiction with this car. As a composer, Zimmer is known for his film work Interstellar, Inception, Trilogy of the Dark Knight, and of course, Blade Runner 2049 (along with Benjamin Wallfisch). Together with BMW's renowned sound designer Rene Vitale, he produced a car sound that feels right out of the movie – a low blur that sounds like a cross between what the spacecraft feels like it should sound and the classic THX deep sound note test.
The company also has some other fun stuff for future cyberpunk car owners who play – literally. He has produced a model for anyone with a 3D printer to print one of their own, as well as a poster print file for your bedroom.