BMW Motorsport takes next step towards Formula E.

Munich. While preparations for the fourth race in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico City (MEX) continues apace at the MS Amlin Andretti team supported by BMW Motorsport, long-term planning also continues for a potential works entry in season 5.

This includes the formal registration as a Formula E manufacturer, a step that has been taken by BMW. The registration was accepted by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Pho­tog­ra­phy by ©Nat Twiss

Via BMW press club Por­tu­gal | Pho­to by ©Nat Twiss

The planned expan­sion of the involve­ment of BMW i and BMW Motor­sport in the first race series for all-elec­tric sin­gle-seater cars is part of the long-term glob­al motor­sport strat­e­gy for the BMW Group.

BMW had already tak­en the next step in this direc­tion, agree­ing a close part­ner­ship with the MS Amlin Andret­ti team at the start of the cur­rent sea­son.

This coop­er­a­tion includes work­ing togeth­er at engi­neer­ing lev­el and shar­ing resources. BMW Motor­sport is sup­port­ing MS Amlin Andret­ti with the pro­vi­sion of works dri­ver António Félix da Cos­ta (PRT).

Since its inau­gur­al sea­son, For­mu­la E has enjoyed rapid devel­op­ment and is now regard­ed as a high-lev­el rac­ing series,” says BMW Motor­sport Direc­tor Jens Mar­quardt.

BMW i has con­tributed active­ly as Offi­cial Vehi­cle Part­ner from the word go and has left its mark on the series. Oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers have now fol­lowed suit. Every­one involved is delight­ed to be tak­ing steps to get involved on the sport­ing and tech­no­log­i­cal side of For­mu­la E. Plan­ning is under­way to com­pete with a works team in sea­son 5. This required our reg­is­tra­tion as a man­u­fac­tur­er. This was com­plet­ed by the required dead­line.”

The part­ner­ship with the team led by US rac­ing leg­end Michael Andret­ti has also been noth­ing but pos­i­tive so far.

A close exchange of ideas between the engi­neers at BMW and at Andret­ti For­mu­la E was estab­lished with syn­chro­nised process­es and con­tin­u­al knowl­edge trans­fer.

The engi­neers at BMW Motor­sport in Munich have also start­ed devel­op­ment of a For­mu­la E pow­er­train. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we have tak­en the first steps,” con­firms Mar­quardt. “If the series con­tin­ues with this pos­i­tive devel­op­ment, we want to be per­fect­ly pre­pared for the poten­tial works entry in sea­son 5.”

BMW i has been Offi­cial Vehi­cle Part­ner of the FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship since the first sea­son. The BMW i8 (fuel con­sump­tion com­bined: 2.1 l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emis­sions com­bined: 49 g/km) is the high-per­for­mance, effi­cient Safe­ty Car in For­mu­la E.

The BMW i3 (ener­gy con­sump­tion com­bined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emis­sions com­bined: 0 g/km) is the “Med­ical Car” and “Race Direc­tor Car”.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e (fuel con­sump­tion com­bined: 3.4–3.3 l/100 km / 83.1–85.6 mpg imp; CO2 emis­sions com­bined: 78–77 g/km; fig­ures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depend­ing on the tyre for­mat spec­i­fied) func­tions as the “Res­cue Car” or “Extri­ca­tion Car”.

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