Proportionate loads, disproportionate driving pleasure.

The aluminium front axle on the BMW 1 Series (three door).

Vehicles with front-wheel drive tend to have more weight on the front axle than the rear and as a result are liable to suffer from understeer when cornering at speed. Handling becomes difficult and the car tends to slide towards the outside of the bend. For this reason, weight distribution in the BMW 1 Series has been almost perfectly balanced between both axles. This improves handling and is the main reason why it is able to hold its line even in the fastest of bends.