BMW enters the ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5 with its all-new fully electric car iFE.18 unveiled at Munich, Germany. The car is developed with the help of the engineering team behind BMW i3 and i8.
In the event Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development and Motorsports, said “Formula E is not only an innovative and spectacular race series that has established itself as one of the top race series in the world with a totally new approach to sustainability and events within just a few years,”.
He further added “For BMW, it is also the perfect test lab for product development. The technology transfer between motorsport and series production is intense. Our experience from series production benefits the drivetrain of the race car. At the same time, insights from Formula E flow directly into the development of future series production drivetrains. So, I am looking forward to a great racing season.”
iFE.18 has been developed for the best performance and efficiency while keeping the lowest weight possible. Engineers designed the rear-axle including suspension and also integrated the drivetrain in the rear end of the car.
BMW also announced Roger Griffiths leading the race operations, alongside,
Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims as drivers.
“I believe we have the right partners, drivers and personnel in place to compete at the very top level of Motorsports, Everyone on both sides is dedicated to the development of the new BMW iFE.18 and I look forward to seeing it in action. We are entering not only a new era of Formula E, but of motorsport as a whole,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti
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