When Formula E comes to Germany it won’t just be on the racetrack that BMW i will be putting the pedal to the metal. BMW i will make the Berlin E-Prix the electric party of the year in three different capacities: as title sponsor, as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ and alongside BMW i Andretti Motorsport as a competitor on the track. The home race on the historic site of the Tempelhof airport is a real highlight of the season for BMW i – and the perfect opportunity to emphasise the close link between BMW i and Formula E in detail.

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BMW i8 Safety Car and BMW iFE.18


The BMW i Berlin E-Prix will be held at Tempelhof airport. With 10 turns, the 2.375km long high-grip apron section of the airport means it’s tough on tyres while the long, high-speed straights give the drivers a chance to check the pace of their Gen2 cars.


The BMW i Berlin E-Prix also offers numerous attractions beyond the racing action, notably the Greentech Exhibition – the largest green technology exhibition. Inspired by the Allianz E-Village, the Greentech Exhibition will be Formula E's dedicated fan zone, giving visitors of all ages an opportunity to understand the small changes you can make in your lifestyle which can make a global impact – from car sharing and carpooling, to air taxis and e-scooters.

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Since 2018, BMW i has been the title sponsor of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the Berlin E-Prix. Tempelhof airport will act as the stage presenting the close partnership between BMW i and Formula E on 25th May.


“The title partnership for the German round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin is a key component of our extensive commitment to this series,” said Jörg Reimann, former Vice President BMW Brand Experience, in 2018. “For BMW, the opportunity to actively shape the event and offer visitors a unique BMW brand experience is always at the heart of this kind of collaboration. That is precisely what we will be doing at the BMW i Berlin E-Prix, alongside Formula E.”


Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, said: “The race in Berlin has featured on the calendar every season and we’ve been working closely alongside BMW i for equally as long, so it’s pleasing to see their growing commitment to the series. BMW i has always been supportive of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since the very beginning – both as official vehicle partner and now as the race title partner of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix. I’m looking forward to seeing the fans showing up in force for what I’m sure will be another scintillating spectacle at Tempelhof Airport.”

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BMW iFE.18 at the eVillage
BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car

Dr. Robert Irlinger, Head of BMW i: “In implementing the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car, the BMW i engineers, designers and communications crew have dared to explore new horizons and create an absolutely unique car. The development team behind the Safety Car is akin to a start-up. Our engineers got creative within their own ranks and assembled it on top of their regular jobs. In doing so, they have achieved something completely new.”


Bruno Correia, FIA Formula E Safety Car driver: “I was involved in testing the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Cars and can confirm that the handling is very good. It is easier than the Coupé that I have been driving since the first Formula E race in Season 1. It is fantastic to have two BMW i8 Safety Cars available now. They are both great vehicles that are a lot of fun.”


The BMW i fleet also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) as “Race Director Car” and the BMW 530e (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km) in its role as ‘Medical Car’.

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BMW i and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship have been partners from day one. When the series was launched in September 2014, BMW was already involved as Official Vehicle Partner and believed in the concept. Since then, BMW i has not only provided the entire fleet of safety cars, but has also actively helped to shape the development of Formula E.


Spearheading the fleet are two safety cars: the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46 g/km), which has been specially modified for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km).

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BMW i3s and BMW iFE.18
The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car has a striking design – something which differentiates it from anything we’ve seen before.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E


Formula E is the ideal platform for the future of mobility and a technology laboratory for iNEXT and future generations of BMW i models. The technology transfer between motor racing and production development at BMW has never been as direct as on the Formula E project.


The collaboration between the motor racing and production departments worked as a cycle. The Formula E drive benefitted from the experience of production engineers during its development. In the future, knowledge acquired in Formula E will flow directly into the development of future production drives for forthcoming BMW i models.


Motor racing makes it possible to test new materials, technologies and working methods under extreme conditions without having to take limiting factors into consideration.


A current example is the BMW iNEXT. With the proportions and dimensions of a luxury Sports Utility Vehicle, a fifth-generation electric drive unit and systems for highly automated driving, the BMW iNEXT embodies the future of driving pleasure in a particularly comprehensive way. The BMW Group’s new technology flagship will be produced at the BMW Dingolfing plant as from 2021.

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