BMW are aiming to bring their own powertrain to Formula E by season five. The team are already working with Andretti Autosport in the championship, but want to have their own engine in the car by 2018.
Having partnered with Andretti at the start of the season, BMW previously said what they learn in Formula E will go into their road cars, with other manufacturers looking to enter the electric vehicle market in the future. That knowledge will also come in handy for developing their own branded powertrain.
“We are learning a lot, which is important for season five, when we want to have our own BMW engine in the car,” BMW motorsport director Jens Marquardt told motorsport.com.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“There is a lot we need to prepare in order to be ready for that. At the moment, we are helping with simulations and data processing from Munich.”[/perfectpullquote]
As the plan currently stands, there’ll be plenty of changes to the Formula E format in season five, including the move to a single car per race, instead of the midrace car swap that currently takes place. The change will put real pressure on the battery and powertrain, as well as the driver’s ability to manage the battery.
Feature and first image courtesy of FIA Formula E Media
Additional image courtesy of Rajan Jangda