BMW to join Formula E in 2018 Season

While preparations for the fourth race in the this years FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico City continues apace at the MS Amlin Andretti team, ably supported by BMW Motorsport, the German brand has now registered to join the World’s first Electric Race Car Championship as a works entry for Season 5, starting in 2018.

MS Amlin Andretti Race Car, Photo Credit: Spacesuit Media

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt commented:

“Since its inaugural season, Formula E has enjoyed rapid development and is now regarded as a high-level racing series.

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.”

The partnership with the team led by US racing legend Michael Andretti has enabled the BMW engineers to already start development of a Formula E powertrain.

Marquardt continued:

“We still have a lot of work to do, but we have taken the first steps.  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 providing both the Medical Car and Safety Car in the BMW i3 and i8.

BMW i3 Medical Car, BMW i8 Safety Car – Photo credit: Spacesuit Media

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