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BMW to enter all-electric race series Formula E

Wednesday 19 July 2017, By Autovolo

BMW to enter all-electric race series Formula E

BMW to enter all-electric race series Formula E

BMW is set to join Formula E, the all-electric race series, from next season.

The single-seater race championship is proving incredibly popular with major manufacturers looking for a place to develop electric vehicle technology.

The German carmaker is the latest to put its name to Formula E, with the likes of Renault, Audi and Jaguar all getting involved.

BMW is teaming up with the existing Andretti team as a drivetrain supplier and will put its name to the cars. Other manufacturers are competing as similar official outfits while others have technical partnerships with existing teams.

A new ‘i Motorsport’ brand is being launched alongside the Formula E entry, with its name derived from BMW’s ‘i’ brand of electrified road cars. BMW says the brand will develop “innovative technology in the field of electromobility”.

 It says engineers from the road car team and those working on the race cars will work side-by-side so that any motorsport learning can quickly be applied to the company’s ‘i’ cars.

Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, 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.

“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.”