BMW will enter Formula E for season five in 2018/19, partnering with Andretti to develop a new powertrain for the US team. BMW first teamed up with Andretti during season two and has since been providing technical support, while it has held a wider involvement in Formula E by serving as the official vehicle partner of the series since its inception.
Confirmation of the move came after Audi in October announced that it was to end its historic relationship with the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The German manufacturer terminated its contract with the motor-racing series at the end of the 2016 season in favour of stepping up its commitment to Formula E.
BMW is now seeking to use its enhanced involvement in Formula E to help develop the technology used in the next generation of its electric cars. “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,” Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management of BMW AG, development, said.
“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.”