FASZINATION FORMEL E.

FASCINATION FORMULA E.

The world’s first racing series for fully electric single-seaters.

FASCINATION FORMULA E.

The world’s first racing series for fully electric single-seaters.

FASCINATION FORMULA E.The world’s first racing series for fully electric single-seaters.

Breaking new ground and driving innovation: these are the values shared by BMW i and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. They 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. Entering the series with BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Season 5 is the next logical step in this close partnership. The BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and the BMW iFE.18 are ready for a great challenge.

THE BMW IFE.18 VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR.

Follow the fully-electric racing car on its fascinating journey through seven cities on three continents.

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TechLab for iNEXT.

THE BACKGROUND.

TechLab for iNEXT.

Formula E is the ideal technology laboratory for series production. The technology transfer between motor racing and production development at BMW has never been as direct as on the Formula E project. The same engineers who are developing production drives for BMW i models also worked on the drivetrain for the Formula E car, sometimes in the same production facilities.

 

The Formula E drive benefitted from the experience of production engineers during its development. In the future, knowledge acquired working with the BMW i drivetrain for the BMW iFE.18 in Formula E will flow directly into the development of future production drives for forthcoming BMW i models.

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THE DRIVETRAIN.

The heart of the BMW iFE.18.

BMW’s expertise in the BMW iFE.18 is primarily in the heart of the vehicle, the drivetrain. Within the Racing eDrive engineers transferred BMW i’s knowledge and experience into a high-performance motorsport drive system. It’s trademarks are a high energy density, maximum efficiency and the use of latest technologies and materials. Main components of the drivetrain are the electric motor, the cooling system and the inverter. The drive systems for future generations of BMW i models and the drivetrain of the BMW iFE.18 are based on the same functional software modules. This again underlines the intense knowledge transfer between production development and motor racing.

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„The knowledge we gain in the highly competitive environment of Formula E flows straight back into production development. This is the perfect implementation of our motto: from the racetrack to the road.“
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director

THE TEAM.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

BMW i Motorsport’s technical expertise and decades of motor racing experience within Andretti Autosport come together in the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team. Andretti has been part of the Formula E field from day one and has a successful history in motor racing,

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MICHAEL ANDRETTI.

ROGER GRIFFITHS.

Team Principal

Britain’s Roger Griffiths has been a member of Andretti Autosport since 2014. He was initially active in all of the team’s motor racing projects as Director of Motorsport Development. He then moved into a position of responsibility as co team principal at Andretti Formula E. He is now team principal of BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

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particularly in North America, including five wins in the iconic Indy 500. Andretti was one of the first teams in Formula E and has gained valuable experience over the course of the past four seasons and 45 races in total.

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MICHAEL ANDRETTI.

Team Owner

Andretti is one of the biggest names in international motor racing. Michael Andretti was one of the most successful members of this dynasty during his time as a racing driver. He was 1991 CART champion and has 42 IndyCar Series wins. He is now an equally successful businessman and team owner.

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ROGER GRIFFITHS.

THE DRIVERS.

António Félix da Costa and Alexander Sims.

ANTÓNIO FÉLIX DA COSTA.

ALEXANDER SIMS.

In recent years, Alexander Sims has made a name for himself as a BMW works driver in GT racing. His successes include victory in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 2016. However, Sims has also enjoyed great success in Formula racing. He now returns to this scene with Formula E – and to his passion, as the topics of sustainability and electromobility are very close to his heart.

 

 

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ANTÓNIO FÉLIX DA COSTA.

When it comes to motorsport, António Félix da Costa is an all-rounder. He has already been a reserve driver in Formula 1 and driven for BMW Motorsport in the DTM between 2014 and 2016. He is currently a regular driver in the FIA WEC. However, the Portuguese has also been a permanent fixture in Formula E since Season 1. Back in 2015, he took his first victory in only his third race in Buenos Aires. Da Costa switched to the Andretti team for the start of Season 3.

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ALEXANDER SIMS.
“I know Formula E really well and was always convinced that BMW would enter as a manufacturer one day. Now, to be part of this team is an incredible motivator.”
António Félix da Costa

THE CHALLENGE.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Formula E has established itself as one of the top race series in the world with a totally new approach to sustainability and events within just a few years. It is the world’s first racing series for fully-electric, single-seater cars. At the wheel are some of the best racing drivers in the world, who put on a display of thrilling racing at fascinating street circuits in some of the biggest cities in the world. Formula E takes racing to fans in city centres. In doing so, it also directly addresses the subject of electromobility in the form of an emotive and action-packed show set against magnificent backdrops.

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THE SPONSORS.

MAGNA.

MAGNA.

“Formula E is more than just racing. It is a great opportunity to evaluate and build the technology for the future. Partnering with BMW i on Formula E is a great fit and is one of many opportunities we are taking advantage of to ensure we are building the right solutions for the new mobility landscape,“ says Swamy Kotagiri, CTO Magna.

 

Magna has more than 173,000 entrepreneurial-minded employees dedicated to delivering mobility solutions. Magna is a mobility technology company and one of the world's largest automotive suppliers with 339 manufacturing operations and 93 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. The competitive capabilities include body exteriors and structures, power and vision technologies, seating systems and complete vehicle solutions. Magna’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA).

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JULIUS BÄR.

JULIUS BÄR.

Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group. We focus on providing high-end services and in-depth advice to private clients around the world. Our relationships are built on partnership, continuity and mutual trust. Julius Baer is synonymous with best-in-class investment and wealth planning solutions based on the Julius Baer open product platform. We actively embrace change to remain at the leading edge of a genuine growth industry – as we have done for over 125 years. Therefore, we support projects and activities that have a visionary approach and share our values with regards to innovation, sustainability and forward-looking pioneering spirit.

 

For current partnerships and initiatives as well as for more information visit our website. 

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EINHELL.

EINHELL.

Einhell is the leading manufacturer of cutting-edge tools for home and garden. By constantly developing our innovative battery platform, Power X-Change, we have become a pioneer in the field of battery-powered tools and garden equipment. We set standards in terms of the durability, performance and safety of our products. Our customers benefit from good value for money, top-class customer service, and wireless freedom during all do-it-yourself projects.

 

We are Main Partner of BMW i Motorsport in Formula E, ensuring we have our finger on the pulse when it comes to future technologies, which we can incorporate in our tools. Furthermore, we supply the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team with our Power X-Change tools, offering its mechanics wireless freedom in the garage.

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EINHELL.

HARMAN KARDON.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

For more than 65 years, Harman Kardon has been known and held in high regard for innovative premium audio solutions, blending beautiful design and aesthetics with refined audio for a captivating listening experience at home, on the go and in the car. Find further information on Harman Kardon solutions for BMW cars on our website.

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PUMA.

PUMA.

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For over 65 years, PUMA has been producing the most innovative products for the fastest athletes on the planet. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as football, running and training, golf, and motorsport. PUMA engages in exciting collaborations with renowned designers like STAPLE, STAMPD and TRAPSTAR to bring innovative and fast designs to the sports world. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA and COBRA Golf as well as the subsidiary Dobotex. PUMA distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 13,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.

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