BMW Raises the veil over its participation in Formula E

Within the planned BMW i Andretti Motorsport began the process of revealing its participation in ABB Formula E, the competition of all-electric cars sponsored by the FIA. BMW introduced the official drivers who will be driving their long-awaited iFE.18, confirming the Portuguese driver António Félix da Costa at the wheel of this new car.
This confirms the formation of the BMW team of drivers with António Félix da Costa (POR) and his new team-mate Alexander Sims (GBR). For Felix da Costa “I know Formula E very well and I always thought that BMW would come as a manufacturer one day. Now being part of that team is an incredible motivator. ”
Already Alexandre Sims – an experienced BMW driver – had his first Formula E experience while testing the car before the inaugural season in 2014 as well as Andretti’s fourth season last year. “Formula E has quickly become the place for leading manufacturers and leading drivers to compete. I am honored to receive this responsibility in collaboration with BMW i Motorsport, “said Sims.
In other details about his Formula E team, BMW said that this team will continue to be led by team boss Roger Griffiths with full support from team Andretti Autosport and Michael Andretti. “I can not wait to see BMW i Andretti Motorsport take to the track in season 5. I think we have the right partners, drivers and technicians to compete at the highest level of Formula E,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. the sides are dedicated to the development of the new BMW iFE.18 and I look forward to seeing it in action. In this fifth season we will enter not only a new era of Formula E, but in motoring as a whole. ”
The world famous logo of the German manufacturer will be placed for the first time in the nose of the all-electric Gen2 car, with the iconic blue, white and black rooms creating the basis for a truly unique décor that will undoubtedly be recognizable through the urban circuits of high speed.
The same technology used to create the BMW i3, the official medical car of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, also served as a reference for the second-generation (Gen2) BMW car’s powertrain: greater power, greater autonomy and greater aerodynamics among others.
“BMW’s experience in the BMW iFE.18 is mainly at the heart of the vehicle, the engine and the transmission system,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt. “It was BMW’s series production engineers who designed the electric motor and drive for higher performance, higher efficiency, and lower weight. When we get to that point, one can think of integrating these achievements into serial production later. “Our BMW Motorsport engineers designed the rear axle including the suspension and had to integrate the powertrain into the rear of the racing car. The knowledge we gain in this highly competitive environment returns back to the development of mass production. This is the perfect application of our motto: from track to road. ”
For Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG and Motorsport, “Formula E is not only an innovative and spectacular competition that has established itself as one of the leading racing series in the world, but also for its all-new approach to racing. sustainability. For BMW, it is also the perfect testing laboratory for production development. The transfer of technology between motorsport and mass production is intense. “

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