BMW will launch their own team for season five of the Formula E championship. The German car brand has been involved with the sport since day one and they have now revealed that they will be racing in the sport for the 2019/2020 season.
Recently, the FIA revealed that BMW would become a manufacturer in the sport that can build and supply their own powertrain from season five onwards.
Andretti key to entry
BMW currently supports the Andretti Formula E team, by providing engineers to help the American team progress.
Jens Marquardt, BMW’s Motorsport director believes the partnership with Andretti has been invaluable for both parties. The only next logical step for BMW was to field its own team.
“The partnership with Andretti has been key to us entering the sport,” said Marquardt.” The sharing of knowledge, assets and technology has meant the unified team has built and grown together. This collaborative effort will only prove to be positive.
“Since its inaugural season, Formula E has enjoyed rapid development and is now regarded as a high-level racing series. BMW i has contributed actively as Official Vehicle Partner from the word go and has left its mark on the series.
“Other manufacturers have now followed suit. Everyone involved is delighted to be taking steps to get involved on the sporting and technological side of Formula E. Planning is underway to compete with a works team in season 5. This required our registration as a manufacturer. This was completed by the required deadline,” said Marquardt.
Formula E Changes
Exciting updates will be implemented into the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E season. These cover many aspects and will continue to haul Formula E into the spotlight. The Formula E car chassis will be redesigned by Spark Racing Technology which will debut in season 5.
Formula E currently has the BMW i8 as the Safety Car. The BMW i3 is the Medical Car and Race Director Car. The BMW X5 xDrive40e functions as the Rescue Car.