BMW i Andretti Motorsport is set to contest its third season as a works team in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which has achieved official FIA World Championship status for the first time ahead of its seventh season.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport will be competing with BMW iFE.21s. Their core is the BMW i drivetrain Racing eDrive03, which is a result of unprecedented close collaboration between production and motorsport engineers. The technology transfer between motorsport and production development is more intensive in the Formula E project than ever before in the history of BMW.
Maximilian Günther will once again be appearing in the #28 car. Jake Dennis will take over the cockpit of the #27 car as he celebrates his Formula E debut at the first races in Diriyah.
The BMW Motorsport media guide provides detailed information on the technology behind the BMW i drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, as well as background stories on the technology transfer between motor racing and production development, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team and the drivers. It is updated with facts and figures on the respective event after each race weekend.
THE BMW iFE.21 AND BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT.
SEASON 7, ABB FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
BMW MOTORSPORT MEDIA GUIDE.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport is set to contest
its third season as a works team in the
ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,
which has achieved official FIA World
Championship status for the first time
ahead of its seventh season. In its maiden
season, with a win, two pole positions and
several podiums, the team showed that it’s
able to bring home top results in Formula
E. Three more wins followed in Season 6,
Alexander Sims’ triumph at the second
race of the season in Diriyah being followed
by successes for Maximilian Günther
in Santiago de Chile and on home soil in
Berlin. His victory in Chile made Günther
the youngest race winner in the history
of Formula E.
For the seventh Formula E season, which
starts at the end of February, BMW i
Andretti Motorsport will be competing
with BMW iFE.21s. Their core is the BMW i
drivetrain Racing eDrive03, which is a
result of unprecedented close collaboration
between production and motorsport
engineers. The technology transfer between
motorsport and production development
is more intensive in the Formula E project
than ever before in the history of BMW.
Maximilian Günther will once again be
appearing in the #28 car. Jake Dennis will
take over the cockpit of the #27 car as he
celebrates his Formula E debut at the first
races in Diriyah. The team and both drivers
have enjoyed a successful preparation
period ahead of the season. During the test
drives at the end of 2020 at Valencia, both
BMW iFE.21s completed more than 500
laps and Günther recorded the best time
of the week.
Season 7 will be the last one to feature
BMW Motorsport competing with a works
team in the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship. As a partner from the word
go, BMW has consistently supported the
Formula E project and been instrumental
in the series’ success story. From Season
5, BMW has enjoyed victories and podiums
with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team.
BMW Group has always used Formula E
as a tech lab for production. When it comes
to the development of e-drivetrains, the
opportunities for this form of technology
transfer in the competitive environment of
Formula E have essentially been exhausted.
Furthermore, the strategic focus of BMW
Group is shifting within the field of e-mobility.
In the future, greater emphasis will be
placed on the comprehensive scaling of
the offering and global production. BMW
Group plans to have put one million electric
vehicles on the roads by the end of 2021.
The goal is to increase this figure to seven
million by 2030, of which two-thirds will be
As has been the case since the first
Formula E race in 2014, BMW Group will
once again provide the complete fleet of
safety cars for Formula E as the ‘Official
Vehicle Partner’ for Season 7.
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For BMW i and BMW Motorsport, the driving force has always
been the development of innovative technologies in the field of
electromobility, with relevance to series production. The same
experts who are developing production drives for BMW i models
also worked on the drivetrain for the Formula E car, sometimes
in the same production facilities. That’s how the Formula E drive
benefitted from the experience of production engineers during its
development. A development cycle hitherto unprecedented in the
BMW Group saw knowledge gained from Formula E flow directly
back into the development of new BMW i series drivetrains.
Motor racing makes it possible to test new materials, technologies
and working methods under extreme conditions without having to
take limiting factors into consideration. In the seventh year of the
partnership with Formula E and the third year racing with the
BMW i Andretti Motorsport team, BMW Group has essentially
exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology transfer
in the competitive environment of Formula E. The learning effects
are enormous for the fifth generation of E-drives, which are
already on the road in the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in
kWh/100: 17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km:
450-458 (WLTP))* and will also be used in the BMW iX and in
the BMW i4, as well as other fully-electric car models.
– The control software in the high-voltage range, which controls
the e-motor after the inverter, is used in the BMW Formula E
car, as well as in the current BMW i3, MINI Cooper SE,
BMW iX3, and the coming models, including the
BMW iX and the BMW i4.
– Knowledge gained from the highly complex energy
management in Formula E can also be transferred to series
vehicles when considering how much energy to apply at
which point in the driving cycle, to generate maximum
efficiency and range.
– Tests, competitive racing and further development of
extremely effective cooling technologies and materials
in Formula E contribute to a significant improvement in energy
efficiency for series drivetrains.
– Power density of the e-motor, thanks to very compact design.
– Advance development of silicon carbide technology for future
generations of inverter.
– Advantages of the silicon carbide technology:
• Maximum efficiency through MOSFETS with minimal
switching and conducting losses and an effective cooling
• High gravimetric power density.
• Reduced weight thanks to kevlar housing.
– Increased experience with high-powered transmissions in
Formula E results in the development of a bandage for the
rotor, which also enables increased revs in series.
– Optimised use of the constructed space in the vehicle thanks
to new knowledge about functional integration and packaging
of the drivetrain, including auxiliary units.
– Experience in the handling and operation of 800V voltage
level including safety concepts.
The regulations have remained consistent when compared to Season 6 and
the BMW iFE.21 boasts further detailed optimisations. It has a uniform chassis
as stipulated by Formula E regulations. Some areas have enjoyed continuous
improvement over the course of the past two seasons. For example, the rear
structure was modified significantly thanks to innovative lightweight construction.
The development of parts using generative design methods or 3D printing
technology saved a considerable amount of weight compared with conventional
development and production procedures, and gave the engineers more room
to manoeuvre in terms of the centre of gravity of the car and weight distribution.
For the first time, parts made of fibre-reinforced plastics, which were manufactured
using fibres from sustainable raw materials, are being used in a race car
competing on a works basis for BMW. In the BMW iFE.21, these are parts in
the cooling circuit of the drivetrain, which are made of flax.
KEY SPECS OF THE GEN2 CAR.
– Length: 5,200mm
– Width: 1,800mm
– Height: 1,050mm
– Max. power: 250kW
– Race mode: 200kW
– Acceleration: 0-100 in 2.8 seconds
– Max. power regeneration: 250kW
– Minimum weight (incl. driver and battery): 903kg
BMW i DRIVETRAIN.
BMW expertise lies primarily in the core of the car, the drivetrain.
The characteristic of the BMW Racing eDrive03 was revised based
on the detailed information on the individual racetracks that
the team gathered in the last two seasons, and modified to suit
the specific challenges of Formula E races. The main goal of the
modifications is to improve the efficiency of the drivetrain.
The E engine attains a maximum efficiency of 98 percent and its
power density is higher than 14kW/kg. Its maximum rotational speed
is more than 30,000 rpm. The inverter works with a direct current
of up to 900 volts and achieves a power density of more than
FACTS ON THE
BMW RACING eDRIVE03.
– 360° cooling allows constant operation
in longer races and higher temperatures.
– Minimal pressure loss thanks to CFD
– Use of materials with high thermal
conductivity (e.g. ceramic, casting
– Objective: minimisation of losses
for maximum efficiency.
– Maximum efficiency (e.g. highly effective
cooling technologies and materials).
– Cutting-edge materials (carbon fibre,
resins with high thermal conductivity,
– Design for high engine speeds.
– High gravimetric energy density
– Very compact construction (kW/l).
– State-of-the-art SiC technology
(MOSFETs with minimal switching
and conduction losses).
– Latest materials (SiC, kevlar housing).
– High gravimetric energy density.
– Maximum efficiency (e.g. latest SiC
MOSFETs, effective cooling system,
low-loss circuit layout).
Formula E has now achieved official FIA World Championship status, meaning that
Season 7 will take place as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Combined
with the ongoing global pandemic, this makes it a very significant season indeed.
The unpredictable situation turns the organisation of a complete season with races
on several continents into an immense challenge. The Formula E management
has thus far been able to schedule the first eight races of the season, depending
on how the pandemic situation develops. Further events are to be scheduled
The season kicks off with a double-header in Diriyah, where BMW i Andretti
Motorsport celebrated two pole positions and a win for Alexander Sims in season
6. Now it is time for the first night races in the history of Formula E. Two races are
also set to take place in Santiago de Chile, where Maximilian Günther recorded
his first win in Season 6. The event in Chile’s capital city had been envisioned as
the season-opener but was put back to early June. The permanent racetrack
near Valencia, where Günther recently recorded two consecutive best times for
BMW i Andretti Motorsport during pre-season test drives, has been added to
RACE CALENDAR, SEASON 7*.
26th February 2021 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
27th February 2021 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
10th April 2021 Rome, Italy
11th April 2021 Rome, Italy
24th April 2021 Valencia, Spain
25th April 2021 Valencia, Spain
8th May 2021 Monaco, Monaco
22nd May 2021 Marrakesh, Morocco
5th June 2021 Santiago, Chile
6th June 2021 Santiago, Chile**
*Subject to changes due to the pandemic
**Further races will be announced by Formula E at a later date
The BMW Group has been represented in the ABB FIA Formula
E World Championship as “Official Vehicle Partner” since the very
beginning and will continue to provide the fleet of safety cars for
season 7 of the fully-electric racing series.
Alongside the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (fuel consumption
(combined): 2.0 l /100 km; energy use (combined): 14.5 kWh /100
km; combined CO2
emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been modified
specially for racing use, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by
JCW will be appearing as a new safety car from the Rome E-Prix
onwards. The development of the car based on the new MINI Cooper
SE represents a hitherto unique collaboration between MINI Design,
BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E. The fleet also includes
the BMW i3s (Power consumption in kWh/100: 14.6-14.0 (NEDC);
16.6-16.3 (WLTP), electric range in km: 278-283 (WLTP))* as
‘Race Director Car’ and the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in
kWh/100: 17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km:
450-458 (WLTP))* in its roles as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Rescue Car’.
*Official data on power consumption and electric range were determined in accordance with the mandatory measurement procedure and comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 valid at the time of
type approval. In case of a range, figures in the NEDC take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size; figures in the WLTP take into account any optional equipment. WLTP values are
used for assessing taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2
emissions, as well as for the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies, if applicable. Where applicable, the NEDC
values listed were calculated based on the new WLTP measurement procedure and then converted back to the NEDC measurement procedure for comparability reasons. For more information on the
WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures, see www.bmw.de/wltp. For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2
emission of new passenger cars can be taken out
of the ‘handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars’, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/
MINI ELECTRIC PACESETTER
INSPIRED BY JCW.
The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW is the new Safety Car
for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. As
such, it connects the brand’s electrified future with the rich racing
history of John Cooper Works. The car was created out of the new
MINI Cooper SE as part of an unprecedented collaboration between
MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and the Formula E.
Behind the visually powerful design of the MINI Electric Pacesetter
inspired by JCW lies the expertise of BMW Motorsport. Rigorous
adherence to lightweight design principles gives the Safety Car a kerb
weight of approx. 1,230 kg – which makes it approx. 130 kg lighter
than the standard MINI Cooper SE. The drive system – also based
on that found in the MINI Cooper SE – produces 135 kW and 280 Nm
(206 lb-ft), which enables the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by
JCW to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 seconds (standard
model: 7.3 s) and from 0-60 km/h (37 mph) in 3.6 seconds (standard
model: 3.9 s). Even more important for a Safety Car, though, are the
mid-range figures. Here, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW
showcases all the talents of its torque-rich electric drive system with
single-speed transmission, enabling a 80-120 km/h (75 mph) time of
4.3 seconds (standard model: 4.6 s).
The drive system teams up with racing coilover suspension
(three-way adjustable for rebound, compression, height and
camber) to deliver maximum go-kart feeling. Race-spec suspension
control arm mountings, a 10 mm increase in track width, plus the
four-piston brakes and wheels from the MINI John Cooper Works
GP with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (size 245/40 R18) round off the
overall package. These are the same tyres fitted to the front wheels
of Formula E racing cars.
THE BMW iFE.21 AND
BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT.
SEASON 7, ABB FIA FORMULA E
What we learned
BMW i drivetrain
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
BMW Group Safety Cars
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platform for evaluating and developing technologies and solutions for future vehicles,” said Swamy
Kotagiri, CEO Magna.
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We support projects and activities that have a visionary approach and share our values with regards
to innovation, sustainability and forward-looking pioneering spirit.
Therefore, we are proud to be the founding Global Partner of the world’s first fully electric racing series,
the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and to support the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team
as their Main Partner. The innovative approach of Formula E and BMW i resonate deeply with our
corporate values, which is why it is an ideal sponsorship platform for the Bank.
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THE BMW iFE.21 AND
BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT.
SEASON 7, ABB FIA FORMULA E
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We are Main Partner of BMW i Motorsport in Formula E, ensuring we have our finger on the pulse
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