BMW turns into the second automaker to announce its exit from the electrical single-seater championship in a span of some days.
The announcement comes on the ultimate day of pre-season testing in Valencia for Season 7
The BMW Group has introduced that the corporate might be ceasing its participation in Formula E on the finish of the 2020/21 season. The German big turns into the second automaker to announce its exit from the electrical single-seater championship in a span of some days. Earlier this week, Audi AG had introduced the termination of its Formula E program, in a bid to pursue pursuits in Dakar and endurance racing with the brand new LMDh class. BMW’s announcement got here on the final day of the pre-season Valencia testing forward of Season 7 that’s set to start in January. That stated, the 2020/21 Formula E world championship continues to have a number of manufacturing facility groups together with Mercedes-Benz EQ, Mahindra Racing, Porsche, Nissan, Jaguar, and DS Automobiles.
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A press release from BMW learn, “After seven successful years, BMW Group will end its involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the end of the coming season. As a partner from the word go, BMW has consistently supported the Formula E project and been instrumental in the series’ success story. BMW has enjoyed victories and podiums with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team. BMW Group has always used Formula E as a tech lab for production.”
“When it comes to the development of e-drivetrains, BMW Group has essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology transfer in the competitive environment of Formula E,” it added additional.
BMW entered Formula E as a works staff in Season 5 as BMW i Andretti Motorsport and has claimed 4 wins, 4 pole positions, 9 podiums in 24 races. For the seventh and its closing season, drivers Maximilian Gunther and Jake Dennis will symbolize the staff on the grid. Interestingly, Maxmilian topped the timesheets in Valencia on the ultimate day.
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The BMW Group additional revealed its plans in direction of e-mobility going ahead after the completion of the 2020/21 season. The firm stated that it plans to place a million electrical autos (plug-in hybrid in addition to battery EVs) on the roads by the tip of 2021, whereas the objective is to extend this determine to seven million by 2030, two-thirds of which might be absolutely electrical. Recently, BMW additionally pulled out as a producer from DTM following the tip of the Class 1 rules on the finish of the 2020 season.