Foto: BMW
Photo: BMW

After seven successful years, the BMW Community will end its involvement in the ABB FIA System E World Championship at the end of the coming season. As an accompaniment from the very beginning, BMW consistently supported the Formula E project and made a significant contribution to its success story. BMW drives for victories and podium places with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Group. At the same time, Formula E has always been a technology laboratory for the series for the BMW community from the start.

The same engineers who develop the drivetrains for the electrified series vehicles are also responsible for the drivetrains of the racing vehicles. Examples of the successful technology transfer between the Formula E project and series development include new findings in terms of energy management and energy efficiency, the adoption of the application for power electronics from racing to series production and an improvement in the power density of the e-machine.

The BMW community has meanwhile largely exhausted the possibilities of this technology transfer in the development of e-drives in the competitive environment of Formula E.

In addition, the strategic focus of the BMW Community on e-mobility is shifting: in future, the focus will be more on the comprehensive scaling of the range and global series production. The fifth generation of electric drives is already on the road in the BMW iX3, use in the BMW iX and BMW i4 models is imminent, and other fully electric models will follow. Already at the end of 2020 the BMW community is planning to put one million electrified vehicles on the road to have 2021 already seven million electrified vehicles, two thirds of which are fully electric.

Since the factory entry into season 5, BMW i Andretti Motorsport has been in 24 Races celebrated four wins, four pole positions and nine podiums. In the coming season, the Group will give everything on the racetrack to be able to drive the BMW iFE. as well as the drivers Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) to achieve as many other sporting successes as possible on the racetrack.

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