By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer
BMW i will be the Official Vehicle Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship for many years to come.
The German manufacturer confirmed in a season-opening event at the BMW Wan Chai showroom in Hong Kong that they and Formula E have reached a multi-year agreement that will see a host of BMW i vehicles used throughout the track in each race weekend, including BMW i3 medical cars and the BMW i8’s usage as the Qualcomm Savery Car.
“It’s fantastic news that BMW i is extending its commitment as Official Vehicle Partner,” Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said in a release. “Even when Formula E was just an idea and didn’t exist, we had BMW on board as a partner that believed in this project from the very beginning.
“It’s a legendary brand in the world of sports and in the car industry, and soon we’ll also have them in the pitlane trying to win. So, I can just say – welcome to the pitlane, and welcome again as a strong partner of Formula E.”
BMW has been involved with Formula E as a partner from the all-electric racing tour’s inception in 2014. The manufacturer also intends to enter the championship as a works team in Season Five.
“It was almost a logical step for us to get involved in Formula E with BMW i in 2014 – and it’s just as logical to continue the partnership in the coming years,” BMW Brand Experience Vice President Jorg Reimann said. “Formula E is breaking new ground in motorsport in many ways, just as BMW i does in terms of the mobility of the future, which is why the combination works really well.
“We’re particularly looking forward to seeing the BMW i3s on the track this season. It’s the sportiest BMW i3 there has ever been. This model clearly demonstrates how BMW i combines driving pleasure with premium character that is consistently geared towards sustainability.”
Formula E will kick off Season Four this weekend with the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix.