BMW has been involved in Formula E from the get go. The Bavarian manufacturer is the one providing the Safety Car for the new open wheel racing series in the shape of modified i8 models as well as several i3s that serve as Medical Cars. However, so far, the Germans didn’t actually compete in the series, leaving many to wonder whether that will ever take place.
According to some new reports though, it seems like BMW is interested in joining the action in Formula E. Autosport says that the Germans and the Japanese from Nissan are looking to get in on the action starting with the fourth season. While Nissan will have to discuss this issue with their partners, Renault, as the French are the ones providing all cars competing, BMW won’t have to go through the same ordeal.
Instead, the Munich-based company did say that they won’t be competing as long as mid-race car swaps were allowed, a rule that may soon become obsolete. According to sources inside the competition, starting with the 2018/2019 season, the Formula E format will no longer allow teams to swap cars during races, which might persuade BMW to join in.
Either way, the Germans will need some serious tech to compete at such high levels of ‘electrified’ racing. The i sub-division may play an important role here as would the collaboration with Toyota on hybrid and electric drivetrains. At first, BMW might just join an existing team, to learn the ropes but later down the line, they may as well compete all on their own. That would, in turn, mean that more technology will make its way on consumer cars which can only be interpreted as good news for customers.