BMW lays out plans for fac­tory WEC and For­mula E cam­paigns

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BMW is set to ex­pand its mo­tor­sport pro­grammes to fac­tory FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship and For­mula E cam­paigns.

The Ger­man brand will en­ter the WEC’S GT class in 2018, and has con­firmed a part­ner­ship with the An­dretti FE team as part of its eval­u­a­tion of a full works en­try into the elec­tric sin­gle­seater se­ries.

BMW runs ver­sions of the M6 in GTLM and GT3 in Amer­ica and Europe, but would not con­firm which model would be its fu­ture WEC GTE con­tender.

Jens Mar­quardt, BMW’S mo­tor­sport direc­tor, said there was a “big fu­ture” for GT rac­ing: “This also in­cludes our re­turn to Le Mans, which we are par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to.”

BMW driver An­to­nio Felix da Costa was an­nounced as an An­dretti FE driver in July and the mar­que will work closely with the Amer­i­can team “in or­der to fa­mil­iarise it­self with pro­cesses in this se­ries”.

It is un­der­stood BMW’S in­volve­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of the An­dretti ATEC-02 pow­er­train for the 2016/17 sea­son, which be­gins in Hong Kong on Oc­to­ber 9, has been sig­nif­i­cant.

Mar­quadt said a works en­try was “con­ceiv­able” for the 2018/19 cam­paign, if the se­ries can move to sin­gle-car races.

BMW will also still com­pete in the IMSA Sportscar Cham­pi­onship and ex­pand its GT4 par­tic­i­pa­tion with the M4 GT4.

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