BMW i Experience


The fleet.


The fleet.


With the innovative BMW i models, the BMW Group took on a pioneering role in the area of electric mobility, with motorsport and production development running in tandem. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the perfect technological laboratory for the mobility of the future, the BMW iNEXT and the future generation of BMW i models. It offers the BMW i engineers the unique opportunity to develop electric drive that is designed entirely for performance. Only motorsport offers this, and requires much less compromise from the developers than in production development. However, the current phase of the BMW i Motorsport programme primarily benefits from the huge wealth of experience that the BMW i production engineers have built up in recent years as pioneers in the automobile industry. Now, with every simulation, every test bed and every test run, the motorsport project provides new insights, which flow back into production. This exchange will become increasingly intense with the works entry into Formula E.

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Lead car of the future.



  • 01 Range up to 37 km (electric), > 600 km overall
  • 02 System output approx. 380 hp
  • 03 Maximum system torque > 570 Nm
  • 04 Top-Speed 250 km/h (electric power only 120 km/h
  • 05 Acceleration 0–100 km/h: < 4.4 secs

  • Chassis.
    • Modified chassis mount points and upper wishbones 
    • Custom-made Bilstein springs / dampers 
    • 15 mm lowered chassis
  • Wheels/Tyres.
    • 20” ATS racing rims: black, powder-coated (front: 245/35 R20, rear: 285/ 30 R20)
    • MichelinPilot Super Sport sports tyres
  • Brakes.
    • Motorsports brake discs and callipers (six-piston at the front, four-piston at the rear)
    • Improved ventilation / cooling for the front discs
    • Direct in-flow of air via the front spoiler and deflector plates
    • Modification to the rear section of the underbody (additional air intakes, spoiler) and airflow to the brake discs via supply tube and deflector plates
  • Aerodynamics.
    • Kidneygrille split at half height Modified front-end airflow 850-watt fan (front)
    • Number of dynamic pressure flaps in fan shroud increased
    • Modified bonnet outlet cover and airflow
    • Modified air deflectors
    • New air deflectors and air deflector plate on the underfloor of the car
    • Rear window replaced by plastic cover with air outlets
    • Sound absorption panelling for the engine removed
    • Two additional fans in the engine compartment C-pillar ventilation removed
    • Lower-mounted engine soundproofing removed
    • New anti-roll bar bearings Extension of diffuser below the combustion engine (75 mm)
    • Heat insulation for the exhaust system
    • Additional carbon-fibre spoiler lips at the rear
    • Additional diffusers on the underfloor of the car (front and rear) Inductive charging system.
  • Inductive charging system.
    • FIA Formula E Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 is the world’s first vehicle to offer 7.2 kW inductive charging based on Qualcomm Halo™ prototype technology
    • Tested under all extreme climatic conditions
    • EMC-approved



The BMW i8 combines the performance and appeal of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a compact car: It offers zero-emission driving in town (eDrive) and efficient sports car performance out of town, where a highly turbocharged and efficient 1.5-litre petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology also comes into play. From 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.

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BMW i8


Pure battery power.

The zero-emission BMW i3s is once again the official FIA Formula E Medical Car and the Race Director’s car in the 2017/18 season. Two BMW i3s are in action at the race weekends around the world. (Combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)

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BMW X5 xDrive40e RESCUE CAR.

Plug-in-hybrid for the racetrack.

The plug-in-hybrid BMW X5 xDrive40e is used as the official FIA Formula E Rescue Car in the FIA Formula E Championship, and has been technically modified to meet the demands of the FIA. (Combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km; values in EU test cycle, dependent on tyre format selected)

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