BMW launches its iFE.18 Gen 2 car

BMW presents its Formula E car in Munich.
BMW formally introduced its iFE.18, which will compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Gen 2 Championship at a launch event in Munich on Friday.
The German manufacturer has promoted its technical partnership with Andretti Autosport for the 2018-19 season and will compete under the banner of BMW i Andretti Motorsport.
The iFE.18, which is the brand’s first electric racing car, has already completed several tests, most recently in Calafat, Spain, this week.
Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims have been announced as drivers, while Andretti’s Roger Griffiths will lead the race operations as team principal.
BMW began a technical partnership with the US team for the third season, increasing its involvement last season, before its entry into full operation in 2018-19.
“Formula E is not just an innovative and spectacular racing series, which has established itself as one of the best racing series in the world, with a whole new approach to sustainability and events in a few years,” said Klaus Froehlich, management at BMW.
“For BMW, it is also the perfect testing laboratory for the development of production. Our experience in production in series benefits the traction system of the race car. ”
Parts of the iFE.18 were manufactured in the same facilities as the BMW i3, while the engine was developed by the same engineering team.
The manufacturer said that the findings of the race program “will flow directly back” to the development of future generations of engines in production line.
“BMW’s experience with the BMW iFE.18, is mainly at the heart of the vehicle, the engine,” said BMW’s motoring director Jens Marquardt.
“Our BMW Motorsport engineers designed the rear axle, including the suspension, and integrated the power train into the rear of the racing car.”
“We told the production engineers that they designed the electric motor and the inverter, to forget all the considerations that you would normally have in development and think only about performance, efficiency, and weight. By the time we get to that point, you can think of how to integrate this into serial production later. ”
“This is the perfect implementation of our motto: from road to road.”
BMW also announced a number of partners for its first season as a Formula E maker, including engineering giant Magna, which e-racing365 revealed in May as a likely technical supplier.
Other partners include Swiss private bank Julius Baer, manufacturer of sustainable power tools, Einhell and BMW audio solutions provider Harman Kardon.
Munich event kicks off world launch
The BMW iFE.18 launch in Munich ushered in a seven-stop global tour promoting the car ahead of its race debut at the Riyadh E-Prix in December.
Starting Friday night, BMW will launch a “virtual tour” with the car through the streets of Germany’s third largest city using motion mapping technology.
The demonstration will follow to other cities around the world including Oslo (September 17), London (September 20), New York (September 24), Detroit (September 26), Mexico City (September 29) and Hong Kong . (October 4th)

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