BMW Joining Formula E In 2018
At least nine teams will compete in the 2018-2019 Formula E season, including BMW. The Bavarian automaker joins the line-up after testing the waters with Andretti Formula E last year. The other teams that will take part in season 5 include: ABT Formel E, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport, Renault, and Venturi Automobiles. Missing from that list are current teams Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport, Faraday Future Dragon Racing, and TECHEETAH.
As anyone who follows Formula E knows, things are about to get more interesting in the all-electric race series. While all of the teams needed to run EVs with the same specs in the first two seasons, they’re now allowed to start making their own technological adjustments. And, by season five, drivers will need to run the whole race using one car – no more swapping EVs half-way through. In other words, Formula E is growing into a real race series. The nine teams that will homologate a vehicle for the fifth season will run then through seasons six and seven (so, through 2020-2021), as well.
Aside from its partnership with Andretti, BMW has been connected to Formula E as the series’ official vehicle partner. This means that BMW has had the i8 Safety Car and the i3 Medical Cars on hand at numerous races, as well as booths showcasing the brand’s plug-in vehicles in the fan paddock.
The series will next come to the US with a race in New York in the middle of July, just before the season ends in Montreal at the end of July. Next year, Formula E will debut a new look for its cars to be designed by Spark Racing Technology. We’re guessing they probably won’t be as outlandish as the SRT05e concept, but exciting changes are ahead.
Source: Formula E
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