BMW has unveiled its latest all-electric racing car – and it is certainly striking.
The new BMW iFE.18 is the car that will be used by the new BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and both were introduced to the press at BMW Welt’s double cone in Munich.
The racing car might impress with a ‘futuristic’ design but the real innovation is hidden unseen deep beneath the bodywork.
The drivetrain is the secret that BMW hopes will give it a distinct advantage in season five of the
Behind the wheel will be BMW works drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and Alexander Sims (GBR).
“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,” said Klaus Fröhlich.
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development and Motorsport, who opened the BMW iFE.18 launch in front of media representatives, partners and other guests from around the world.
“For BMW, it is also the perfect test lab for production 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.”
Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Brand BMW, explained the significance of the Formula E involvement for the BMW brand and said: “BMW stands for innovation leadership.
We are pioneers when it comes to electromobility. We were convinced by Formula E from the very beginning and as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ we’ve been involved from the start, in to order actively help shape the series.
BMW i and Formula E share the same values: pioneering spirit and innovation.”