Alexander Sims will compete in ABB FIA Formula E Championship with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Formula E team, joining Formula E veteran Antonio Felix Da Costa for his fifth season in the series.
Sims will drive the number 27 BMW i Motorsport-prepared BMW iFE.18 car around the 13-race schedule, which sees the championship visit 12 cities across four continents- running from December in Riyadh until July next year at New York City.
The 30-year old is in his fifth season competing as a BMW works driver, and was pleased to be given the opportunity to compete in Formula E.
“I am honoured to be entrusted with taking on this adventure in collaboration with BMW i Motorsport,” said Sims. “I have been part of the BMW family for five years now and every single season has seen progression in the level of competition. I’m really thankful to BMW for giving me this opportunity and a new challenge in Formula E.”
“Formula E is a forward-looking championship that’s breaking new ground in terms of electric mobility and showing a different way to run a race weekend. There’s a lot about the championship that excites me: the level of competition is incredible, both in terms of manufacturers and top drivers.
“It’s a series that’s strongly appealed to me from the beginning. I have a keen interest in electric vehicles due to the efficiency, performance and sustainability benefits that they offer to society. To be able to mix my passion for racing with electric vehicles is very special. It’s fantastic that we’re living in an age where that’s possible.”
The Formula E project is one BMW i and BMW Motorsport are working in tandem, facilitating a technological transfer between series development and motorsport unprecedented in this form.
Sims will contest in his first Formula E race at the season-opener at the 2018 Riyadh E-Prix on 15 December 2018 in Saudi Arabia.