BMW has officially confirmed its involvement with the Andretti Formula E Team. The cooperation with American team, that will kick off its the third season with Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns in less than two weeks in Hong Kong, is initially set to run for two seasons.
It incorporates, for example, cooperation at engineer level and the mutual use of resources. Depending on the general development of the racing series, a works involvement is envisaged as of the series’ season 5, 2018/2019, provided the conditions and circumstances are right.
As part of this commitment, BMW Motorsport will provide its works driver Antonio Felix da Costa as a driver for Andretti Formula E. The Portuguese, who has featured on the top step of the DTM podium with BMW and has already tasted victory in Formula E, will contest the entire 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship. As well as the new partnership, BMW i will remain the “Official Vehicle Partner” of Formula E. This partnership allows BMW i to present the plug-in hybrid BMW i8, as the Safety Car, and the fully-electric BMW i3, as the Medical Car.
“The commitment in Formula E sees us forge new paths and demonstrate our expertise in the field of electric mobility”, says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Over the coming years, the cooperation with Andretti Formula E will primarily focus on familiarising ourselves with the procedures and processes, and on intensifying our knowledge. Our works driver António Félix da Costa will be in action behind the wheel. A works involvement is then conceivable as of the series’ fifth season. The premise for all these steps is the further positive development of the series, which includes increasing the capacity of the batteries, for example.”