BMW to mark its presence in Formula E space as an official manufacturer

Sunday 16 July 2017, 13:02 PM by

BMW has always been the official vehicle partner for every Formula E season since its inception. However, the association was limited to supplying the BMW i8 as the safety car and BMW i3 as the medical and course cars. This time around, the German car manufacturer has announced its plans to join Formula E as an official manufacturer for Season 5. The manufacturer will be developing and supplying a new powertrain which will be used by the Andretti team in 2018-19 season.

BMW to mark its presence in Formula E space as an official manufacturer |
BMW to mark its presence in Formula E space as official manufacturer

Entering the competitive stage, the Bavarian car manufacturer will be utilising its first-ever powertrain in the Season 5. BMW believes that its involvement in the all-electric racing series will help the company further develop its technology, which might later be used in the next-generation of electric cars. Speaking about the Formula E entry as a manufacturer, Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, “Through our involvement in Formula E, we are addressing the development towards sustainable and emission-free mobility in the automobile industry and are also making a contribution to the brand’s progression to BMW iNEXT.”

Klaus further added, “This project is thoroughly driven by technology. We are using Formula E as a development laboratory, operating under the unique conditions that prevail in motor racing – with very unique demands and opportunities. The borders between production and motor racing development are more blurred at BMW i Motorsport than in any other project. The result is a technology transfer on a whole new level. We are certainly confident that the BMW Group will benefit greatly from the experience gained in the field of electrotechnology during this project.”

BMW’s product development plans in the Formula E space as a manufacturer will be known over the next few months.

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