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BMW may be the next major automaker to join the Formula E Championship.
The electric car racing series already sees the likes of Audi, DS, Mahindra and Renault either fielding a team or supporting one, and will also see Jaguar enter with its own team when season three kicks off in October.
BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt revealed to Motorsport that the automaker is working alongside an existing Formula E team, with a view to possibly enter with its own team once the series matures.
The team BMW is thought to be working with is America’s Andretti Formula E, though Marquardt refused to confirm it.
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BMW is in no rush to enter Formula E. In his interview with Motorsport, Marquardt explained that Formula E’s current format is not ideal but given some of the changes pegged for future seasons the situation may change.
All teams currently use a common chassis and battery design, though they are free to come up with their own designs for the electric motor driving the cars. Another shortcoming is that drivers require two cars as a full charge of the battery is not enough to last the length of the one-hour races.
Eventually, teams will be able to build the own cars with their own battery and electric motor designs. And the batteries should eventually have enough charge to last the entire race. Marquardt indicated that this was a more ideal situation and said BMW will continue to monitor the developments.
Note, BMW already has a presence in Formula E. A modified version of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car serves as the official safety car for the series (shown above).