BMW is the Official Vehicle Partner for the FIA Formula E Championship once more in 2015/16. Prepare for the start of the second season of this race series on October 17 this year in Beijing. The futuristic BMW i8 sports car will serve again as the safety car in this race.
It has a fuel consumption rating combined of 2.1 l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp and CO2 emissions combined of 49 g/km. Interest is high for the upcoming race for electrically-powered formula machines. Just like in the inaugural season of the series, the all-electric BMW i3 will be the Medical Car.
It has the energy consumption combined of 12.9 kWh and of course, it has zero CO2 emissions. Those who will be at the race will also be treated to two BMW C evolution electric scooters and a BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid.
These have a fuel consumption combined rating of 3.4–3.3 l/100 km / 83.1–85.6 mpg imp and CO2 emissions combined of 78–77 g/km. These figures are based on the EU test cycle and could vary depending on the specified tire format.
These models are set to make their debuts in Formula E. Cars from other BMW Group brands will be joining the BMW i cars in the eDrive range. During the inaugural edition, all of the cars were technically identical. But for the next race, eight of the ten teams will be using their own technology.
Most of the technical changes are focused on the powertrain, particularly the electric motor, the inverter, the transmission and the cooling system. The cars in the race will have different speeds, soundtrack, and efficiency levels.
In the 2014/15 Formula E calendar, there were 11 races in ten countries on three continents. For the opening season, 10 teams took their positions on the grid. Each had two drivers at the wheel of standardised cars. At the final race in London, Nelson Piquet Jr. was named the first ever champion in this new series.