Lucas Auer, #27 BMW iFE.20

Formula E: Productive rookie test with Lucas Auer and Kyle Kirkwood.

One day after Maximilian Günther’s second place at the Marrakesh E-Prix, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team was in action once again. As part of the official rookie test for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, BMW DTM driver Lucas Auer and Andretti Autosport driver Kyle Kirkwood were given the opportunity to gain their first experiences at the wheel of the BMW iFE.20.

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Kyle Kirkwood

Auer completed 86 laps in the #27 car and, with a personal best time of 1:17.327 minutes, finished in eighth place. Kirkwood completed 78 laps in the #28 BMW iFE.20 and finished fifth with a time of 1:17.272 minutes. “The test day was cool. I felt right at home in the BMW iFE.20,” said Auer. “Driving with a fully electric power unit feels totally different to driving in the DTM, for example. But with a car that is that well-tuned and with the right approach it’s no problem getting used to it. Working with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team went really well and we were able to work through our test programme well. It was a lot of fun.”

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Kyle Kirkwood, Lucas Auer

Kirkwood, who will contest the North American Indy Lights series for Andretti Autosport in 2020, said: “I am very pleased with our performance and think that it was a really good test for the team. I used part of the morning to get used to the BMW iFE.20. There are a few things you have to learn in an electric car. Firstly, it’s strange hearing the airstream rather than the engine, but when you have found your rhythm, you can enjoy a real racing car that primarily impresses with the fact that you have the full torque available immediately. That feels fantastic.”

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