BMW will pull out of Formula E on the finish of 2021 season after saying that it has “essentially exhausted any opportunities for technology transfer” between its Formula E mission and manufacturing automobiles. It’s the second producer to announce its exit from the all-electric racing sequence, with Audi additionally confirming it can depart Formula E to give attention to its Dakar Rally entry.
- BMW believes it has exhausted alternatives for tech switch
- Will quit Formula E on the finish of the subsequent season
- Wants to focus extra on the manufacturing of electrical highway automobiles
Why has BMW determined to depart Formula E?
Since coming into Formula E as a works crew in 2018, BMW has gone on to declare 4 race wins and 9 podiums. In an official assertion, the German producer acknowledged it has at all times used Formula E as a “tech lab for production” nevertheless it has reached the top of its restrict of technological growth within the sequence.
“The same engineers who develop the drivetrains for electric production vehicles are also responsible for the drivetrains in the race cars. Examples of the successful transfer of technology between the Formula E project and production development include new findings regarding energy management and energy efficiency, the transfer of software for power electronics from racing to production, and an improvement in the power density of the e-motors,” the assertion learn.
“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.”
Nevertheless, the producer has acknowledged that it’ll provide full manufacturing facility backing to the BMW i Andretti Motorsport crew for the upcoming 2021 Formula E season, which kicks off in January subsequent 12 months.
So far, Mahindra Racing is the one crew to have dedicated to the Gen3 period of Formula E, confirming its spot on the 2022 grid.
BMW to give attention to manufacturing of electrical automobiles
The assertion additionally added that the strategic focus of BMW Group is shifting throughout the discipline of e-mobility and sooner or later, larger emphasis shall be positioned on world manufacturing of EVs and the great scaling of choices.
BMW Group plans to have a million electrical autos on the roads by the top of 2021. The purpose is to then enhance this determine to seven million by 2030, of which two-thirds shall be totally electrical.
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