BMW i Motorsport presented the new BMW iFE.18 and the new BMW i Andretti Motorsport team at BMW Welt’s double cone in Munich. This latest all-electric racing car boasts an improved, eye-catching design, however, it was the innovative and hidden drivetrain of the BMW iFE.18 that was the real star of the show.
Developed using the expertise of the same engineers that designed the BMW i3 drivetrain, BMW i and BMW Motorsport are working on the Formula E project in tandem. This helps facilitate a technology transfer between series development and motorsport unprecedented in this form.
“For BMW, it is also the perfect test lab for production development. The technology transfer between motorsport and series production is intense… insights from Formula E flow directly into the development of future series production drivetrains. So, I am looking forward to a great racing season,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development and Motorsport.
The two BMW iFE.18 cars, which will be in action at the Formula E races around the world as of December, will have the BMW works drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and Alexander Sims (GBR) at the wheel.
“I know Formula E really well and was always convinced that BMW would enter as a manufacturer one day. Now, to be part of this team is an incredible motivator,” said Félix da Costa.
The BMW iFE.18 contests its first race on the 15th of December at the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix. For more information on the new BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and how you can follow all the action from the upcoming season 5, simply visit BMW i Motorsport here.