BMW have announced they are to partner with the Andretti Formula E team for the next two seasons.
The German manufacturer has become the fifth major manufacturer behind Renault, DS-Citroen, Audi and Jaguar, along with electronic car makers Faraday Future and NEXTEV. It isn’t a stranger to the series, though, supplying the safety car from the first season.
With the partnership set to last for two years, BMW will work with the Andretti team at an engineering level, providing their works DTM driver Antonio Felix de Costa a drive at the American team and have confirmed he will stay for the whole season. Robin Frijns will drive alongside Felix de Costa, after his debut season with the team last year.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, said: “The commitment in Formula E sees us forge new paths and demonstrate our expertise in the field of electric mobility.
“Over the coming years, the cooperation with Andretti Formula E will primarily focus on familiarising ourselves with the procedures and processes, and on intensifying our knowledge.
“Our works driver Antonio Felix da Costa will be in action behind the wheel.”
In the future, this could lead to BMW creating their own works team in Formula E, following in the footsteps of Jaguar, Audi, Renault, and DS Citroen.
Marwuant confirmed, “A works involvement is then conceivable as of the series’ fifth season. The premise for all these steps is the further positive development of the series, which includes increasing the capacity of the batteries, for example.”