BMW took another step towards having a works Formula E entry as they were accepted as an official manufacturer by the FIA.
It means that from the 2018-19 season the German manufacturer will be able to enter their own team, something that they announced they were working towards last year.
While they stressed that were still working closely with MS Amlin Andretti, sharing engineering resources and works driver Antonio Felix da Costa, Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said the manufacturer was still aiming to have its own team.
Speaking about their increased involvement this season with Andretti, Marquardt said, “Everyone involved is delighted to be taking steps to get involved on the sporting and technological side of Formula E.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but we have taken the first steps.
“If the series continues with this positive development, we want to be perfectly prepared for the potential works entry in season 5.”
Mahindra Racing also had their place on the list of manufacturers confirmed today, meaning they too will be competing in the sport until at least 2021.
Commenting afterwards Team Principal Dilbagh Gill said that he was hopeful that the team’s experience in the series would mean that they could continue to compete with the larger manufacturers, such as BMW.
“I am delighted that Mahindra Racing is confirmed as a manufacturer from seasons five to seven in the next generation Formula E cars,” Gill said.
“The series is going from strength to strength with the addition of new manufacturers, new technologies and new fans.
“We feel that the experience we have gained from the very earliest days of the series will allow us to compete among the front runners as we get more scope to incorporate our knowledge and technology.”