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BMW Introduces Updated i8 Coupe Safety Car

BMW reveals updated i8 Coupe safety car ahead of Santiago E-Prix…

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BMW has revealed its new BMW i8 Coupe safety car ahead of Saturday’s Santiago E-Prix, with several updates over the previous version.

BMW i has been Official Vehicle Partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since its inception and the new car boasts a range of advances including wireless charging.

The new safety car can charge up to 80 percent in one hour by driving over a special bottom plate with the Qualcomm Halo Prototype Technology system.

It also has a new roll bar, rear wing and carbon fiber rear hatch along with a new front splitter, sports seats from the BMW M4 GTS, a four-point belt, roof-mounted signal light system, carbon ceramic brakes and a sports chassis.

The i8 Coupe safety car was presented on Thursday in an event attended by BMW factory and Andretti Formula E drivers Antonio Felix da Costa and Tom Blomqvist.

Andretti Formula E team principals Roger Griffiths and J-F Thormann were also present, as were safety car driver Bruno Correira and Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.

“Thank you to BMW i for bringing such a great livery on my new Safety Car,” commented Correira.

“The new seats and the roll bar make the new car a little bit lighter than the old one. The performance and the size of the battery have been increased. All in all driving the car is great fun.”

In addition to the i8 Coupe safety car, the new BMW i3s is the series’ medical car and race director car while the BMW X5 xDrive40e serves as rescue car.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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