BMW Is The Official Automotive Formula E Partner
|   Tuesday, September 15, 2015
BMW will appear at the start of the 2015-2016 FIA Formula E Championship season. The second season will begin in Beijing on 17 October 2015 and BMW will be present as the official automotive partner.

BMW i8 sports, the car of the future, will be back in action as a Safety Car, opening the way for electric-powered race cars. The BMW i3 electric car will play the role of a Medical Car, as it did in the inaugural season of the competition. In addition, two BMW C electric scooters evolution and the BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid model will make their debut in Formula E as the BMW Group's new models joining the eDrive family.


In the second Formula E season, we will have an "open" championship. Compared to the inaugural edition of the competition, in which all cars were technically identical, eight of the ten teams will line up in the new season with their own technology. Technical changes will focus on the powertrain - especially the electric motor, converter, transmission and cooling system - and will record differences between cars in terms of speed, acoustics and, most importantly, efficiency during the race.

The Formula E calendar for the 2014-2015 season was composed of 11 races in ten countries on three continents. Ten teams took their places on the grid of the inaugural season, each with two pilots at the wheel of standardized race cars. Nelson Piquet Jr. won the title in the last race in London - and so has taken his place in the history books as the first champion in the history of this new championship.
EDrive technology was introduced by BMW i from 2013 and it will be transferred gradually to the main BMW brand models. This technology will be included in the next cars that take part in the Formula E competition.

BMW Motorrad provides to the FIA Formula E organization two BMW C evolution electric scooters, which will be used as a shuttle.
Available from autumn 2015, the BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid will be used as "Official FIA Formula E Rescue Car" during the new Formula E season and has been adapted in accordance with the technical requirements of FIA.

With power supplied by batteries, the BMW i3 will continue to fulfill the role of "Official FIA Formula E Medical Car". Two BMW i3 cars will be provided for single-seat electric car competition.

BMW i8 will continue to play the role of "Official FIA Formula E Qualcomm Safety Car" throughout the second season of Formula E.
The amendments to the two new Safety Cars are more oriented towards performance and, before the new season begins in Beijing on 17 October, they have been adapted to meet the technical requirements of FIA.

BMW i8 New Safety Car is the first vehicle in the world equipped for wireless charging with 7.2 kW electrical power, using Qualcomm Halo prototype technology. This allows the high voltage battery of the BMW i8 be fully charged in about an hour.
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