BMW rules out entry into the Formula E Championship

Racing | July 30th, 2015 by 7
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BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to …

BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. Currently BMW has a deal to supply pace cars to Formula E.

BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt says the automaker has no interest in joining the series while the practice of drivers swapping cars mid-race remains.

“An issue that needs to be addressed is the change of car,” said Marquardt, who stated that the end of two-car races “would be a condition for our potential direct involvement”.

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“If you look at public discussions of electric mobility, the issue of reach is very important.”

Formula E has a road map laid out to retire the mid-race change of car in 2018/2019, but there is no assurance the championship leaders will follow through.

FIA president Jean Todt has expressed the view that the shift away from car swapping should be brought forward.

Renault and Citroen are so far the only major carmakers with a direct involvement in Formula E.

[Source: Autosport]

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