BMW confirms factory Formula E program

Wednesday 12th July, 2017 - 8:16am


BMW will run a full factory effort in the FIA Formula E Championship

BMW has confirmed its full factory Formula E effort will be run by the Andretti squad.

The manufacturer has been working with the Andretti outfit in the series since early 2016, and last year confirmed it was evaluating a full works effort for season five (2018/2019).

It was accepted by the FIA as a powertrain provider for the 2018/19 season onwards in March, but had previously not announced which team would run its manufacturer entry.

“Formula E has developed fantastically as a racing series and, as a new, technology-based project, is perfectly suited to the BMW Group and BMW Motorsport,” said BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt.

“Because it is very important for us to demonstrate our technological expertise, we have shown a firm commitment to this project through the registration of BMW AG as an official manufacturer and are facing up to the growing competition there.”

While it had worked with Andretti prior to the star of the 2016/17 season, BMW’s technical tie up with the outfit only started at the beginning of the current campaign.

The squad is yet to score a podium this season, with Antonio Felix da Costa’s fifth-place finish in the season-opening Hong Kong ePrix its best result.

“The series represents a completely new challenge for us – a challenge we are happy to take on together with Andretti Formula E,” added Marquardt.

“Andretti is the ideal partner for this mission. The name needs no introduction in international motor racing.

“Our cooperation is already working very well, and we look forward to taking the next steps together.”