BMW iFE.18 – The Future BMW Formula E Race Car

Racing | April 10th, 2018 by 7
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BMW’s first Formula E race car made its world debut in a testing session at the BMW and MINI Driving Academy site in Maisach, near …

BMW’s first Formula E race car made its world debut in a testing session at the BMW and MINI Driving Academy site in Maisach, near Munich. BMW works driver Tom Blomqvist (GBR) was behind the wheel of the first fully-electric racing car in the history of the BMW Group.

“The BMW iFE.18 is a milestone for our company,” explains 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 5 gets going.”

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The new BMW drivetrain is the heart of the BMW iFE.18. The future common chassis for Formula E was first presented in early March at the International Motor Show in Geneva. Some impressive comparison figures provide the most compelling evidence of the performance increases that the new system generates for Formula E, compared to the production engine in the BMW i3. The race machine is 50 percent lighter, 66 percent more compact and produces 100 percent more performance. It even reaches revs 400 percent higher than its production counterpart.

Alongside all the Formula E teams, the new BMW iFE.18 will take to the track at the official Formula E test in Calafat (ESP) from 17th to 19th April 2018.

7 responses to “BMW iFE.18 – The Future BMW Formula E Race Car”

  1. Chris Llana says:

    The Batmobile.

  2. Me says:

    “…produces 100 percent more performance. It even reaches revs 400 percent higher than its production counterpart.”

    Nice. This is why I will only consider purchasing an EV from a manufacturer that participates in Formule E (or any potential future electric drivetrain motorsport series). You know if it can survive the worst-case stresses of racing it can survive the “rigors” of daily life. :)

  3. Giom says:

    BMW i Motorsport. Sounds like something exciting is to happen to the i range. 50 years from now, our grand kids will ask, “what was an M3?”

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