BMW is in the race… literally. Confirming that it will build a brand new powertrain for the Andretti Formula E team for season 5.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: “Formula E has developed fantastically as a racing series and, as a new, technology-based project, is perfectly suited to the BMW Group and BMW Motorsport. Forging new paths and driving innovation – these are values shared by BMW and Formula E. Because it is very important for us to demonstrate our technological expertise, we have shown a firm commitment to this project through the registration of BMW AG as an official manufacturer and are facing up to the growing competition there. The changes we required for our involvement will come into effect in Season 5 – these include, for example, the omission of the car changeover. We are already seeing in our development work that colleagues from the production and motorsport departments are collaborating in a completely new way. The result is new paths, which we are forging together in the matter of electric drivetrains. In Formula E, we will demonstrate both our innovative expertise and our sporting spirit. The series represents a completely new challenge for us – a challenge we are happy to take on together with Andretti Formula E. Andretti is the ideal partner for this mission. The name needs no introduction in international motor racing. Our cooperation is already working very well, and we look forward to taking the next steps together.”
BMW is investing heavily putting the watts into wheels and is using the investment into the all-electric racing series to research and inform the technology that will eventually be parked in our garages. BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt was quoted, “This Formula E project has seen the most remarkable technology transfer between production and motorsport in the history of BMW”.
BMW have confirmed that compared to the i3, the iFE.18 is 50 percent lighter, 66 percent more compact, revs 400 percent higher, and produces 100 percent more power. What could that possibly translate to knowing that current Formula E cars accelerate from 0-100 kmh in 3 seconds and have a max speed of 225Km/h ( governed by FIA ). Will we see a change of rules? Let’s hope so.