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BMW Shakes Down First Formula E Car

BMW has shaken down its first ever electric racing car at a private test in Germany…

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BMW has shaken down its first ever electric racing car which will compete in the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The car, which will be known as the BMW iFE.18, ran for the first time this week after being forced to miss the manufacturer group test last month with a technical problem.

The test was conducted at one of BMW’s proving grounds in Maisach close to its Munich base with Tom Blomqvist undertaking the first laps for the new car.

The car featured a strap line stating ‘BMW iFE.18 – TechLab for BMW iNEXT’, identifying BMW’s EV program.

“The BMW iFE.18 is a milestone for our company,” said BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt.

“After months of excellent collaboration between the engineers from production and racing development, we can all now see the result in action.

“This Formula E project has seen the most remarkable technology transfer between production and motorsport in the history of BMW.

“Everyone involved has breathed life into the ‘TechLab for BMW i’ motto from the word go. I can hardly wait to see the car racing for the first time in the BMW i Motorsport colors when Season Five gets going.”

The new BMW drivetrain has been described by BMW as providing some “impressive comparison figures” on “performance increases that the new system generates for Formula E, compared to the production engine in the BMW i3.”

The BMW iFE.18 will be present at the next manufacturer group test at the Calafat test track which takes place between April 17-19.

Photo: BMW

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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  1. AlsoBen

    April 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

    To put “The New BMW iFE.18; TechLab for BMW iNEXT” on the side of the car and for Marquardt to say, “This Formula E project has seen the most remarkable technology transfer between production and motorsport in the history of BMW.” may have be a healthy dose of marketing and brand value in it, but the very fact that they ARE making such a fuss about how much this influences their next generation of cars to such a degree speaks volumes. This is an exciting time for motorsport, I think, in a way not seen in a generation at least.

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