BMW con­firms FIA For­mula E Cham­pi­onship en­try as of­fi­cial man­u­fac­turer in Sea­son 5

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

BMW is bring­ing elec­tro­mo­bil­ity up to race speed: Ini­tially re­vealed as a goal in 2016 as part of the re­align­ment of the mo­tor­sport strat­egy within the BMW Group, BMW will join the FIA For­mula E Cham­pi­onship as an of­fi­cial man­u­fac­turer in Sea­son 5 (2018-19).

The cars, equipped with a com­pletely newly de­vel­oped BMW driv­e­train, will be run by the An­dretti For­mula E team as BMW’s works en­try in the se­ries. To­gether, BMW and An­dretti will com­pete in ex­cit­ing races at the heart of some of the big­gest cities around the world. The main driv­ing force be­hind the new BMW i Mo­tor­sport is the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy in the field of elec­tro­mo­bil­ity, in which the com­pany has es­tab­lished a lead­ing role over the past ten years.

The con­sis­tent im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new mo­tor rac­ing strat­egy also in­cludes the ex­pan- sion of clas­sic ac­tiv­i­ties at BMW M Mo­tor­sport. The For­mula E pro­ject is al­ready pro­vid­ing valu­able im­pe­tus in the de­vel­op­ment of BMW iN­EXT and the next gen­er­a­tion of ad­vanced BMW i mod­els with elec­tric drive.

The same en­gi­neers that are work­ing on the fu­ture of elec­tro­mo­bil­ity for the streets also take on an en­vi­ron­ment that is fully fo­cused on per­for­mance along­side their col­leagues from BMW Mo­tor­sport, an en­vi­ron­ment in which they face strong op­po­si­tion. The ex­pe­ri­ence gained is in­te­grated di­rectly in pro­duc­tion de­vel­op­ment again, in the de­vel­op­ment of the next BMW i mod­els.

For BMW, this makes For­mula E the per­fect de­vel­op­ment lab­o­ra­tory for pro­duc­tion-re­lated elec­tric pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy. Klaus Fröh­lich, mem­ber of the Board of Man­age­ment of BMW AG, De­vel­op­ment, said, “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. 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 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.”

Hilde­gard Wort­mann, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Brand BMW, said, “For­mula E and BMW i are sim­ply very well suited to each other. It is a to­tally new kind of mo­tor­sport, which we will be tak­ing rac­ing to the fans, not the other way round. For­mula E is al­ready demon­strat­ing how ex­cit­ing, thrilling and fas­ci­nat­ing elec­tro­mo­bil­ity can be. This sort of emo­tion­al­i­sa­tion is only pos­si­ble through sport.”

“We are ex­cited to ex­pand our part­ner­ship with BMW i and serve as BMW’s of­fi­cial For­mula E works team be­gin­ning in Sea­son 5,” said Michael An­dretti, CEO of An­dretti Au­tosport and its global fam­ily of race teams.

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