BMW ‘working closely’ with Formula E team


Jens Marquardt watches as Martin Tomczyk streaks past the Nurburgring pits (Photo Credit: BMW AG)

BMW are already working with a Formula E team, and are still considering entering their own team for season five of the series.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, BMW’s Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt stated that the German manufacturer has a good insight into the technology involved in the series due to their relationship with one of the teams.

It is rumoured that the team they are working with is Andretti Autosport, with their current DTM driver Antonio Felix da Costa expected to sign for them in the coming weeks after announcing he was leaving Team Aguri.

Marquardt however refused to be drawn, simply commenting, “We have an engineering co-operation with a team, but that is the extent of what there is.”

“We are working closely on the engineering side with one of the teams. So, we have a good insight, but we have always made it clear there are a few things that have to really strengthen and develop. I think it is going in the right direction.”

BMW have stated in the past that they would not consider entering a Formula E team under their own name until only one car was used per race, a change that is due to come in for season five.

Marquardt confirmed that this was still the case, and that they would be keeping an eye on the situation, saying, “For sure, the change of car that is still in place is, from our point of view, with regards to the range of electric vehicles is not ideal,”

“But there is a path to season five to get this into a better solution and we keep monitoring the situation.

“There is huge potential on the marketing side, but there is also a lot of work that needs to be done to lift that potential, to bring the series forward and make it more attractive for people to be involved.”