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BMW to race in Formula E starting in 2018/2019 season
MotorAuthority - Viknesh Vijayenthiran - Jul 11, 2017
...The 2018/2019 season will see Formula E take the next major step towards becoming a credible form of motorsport. It’s when teams will finally start using a single car per race, rather than the current two due to batteries not holding enough charge to last a race.
Teams will be using common chassis supplied by Spark Technologies, as they do currently. The chassis design for the 2018/2019 is said to be adopting a new, futuristic look. Teams will also be using common batteries supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies, though they’ll be responsible for their own powertrain, transmission, suspension and software systems.
BMW says the lessons learned in Formula E should help the development of its next-generation electric cars. As BMW explains, Formula E is the “perfect development laboratory” for electric car technology.
Other automakers already competing in Formula E are DS (from Citroën), Faraday Future(?), Jaguar, Mahindra, Nio (formerly NextEV), Renault and Venturi.
Mercedes-Benz has been reserved one of two available spots for the 2018/2019 season but is yet to announce a commitment...
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Last edited by 2b2; 07-16-2017 at 12:17 AM.