events26 Feb 2018

The fourth race of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship took place on 3 February in Santiago, Chile, and in addition to the spirited fightback from the BMW works team, race day highlights also included the debut of the new BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car.

BMW rally back to earn points.
MS&AD Andretti Formula E driver António Félix da Costa (POR) recovered from a difficult qualifier to fight back strongly in the race. He eventually came home in ninth place and received two points for his efforts. Team-mate Tom Blomqvist (GBR) also drove well and finished eleventh, just outside the points.

António Félix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E, said “Our speed was much better in the race and I was able to stay out for a lap longer than most of the others in my first stint …We are learning every day about energy management, and today was no different. All in all, this result gives me optimism for the races ahead.”

Félix da Costa was the first driver in qualifying group one to embark on his flying lap

Introducing BMW’s new Safety Car.
Two days after its unveiling in Santiago de Chile (CHI), the new BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car also enjoyed its first race outing. The safety car was soon out on track following a number of crashes on the opening lap.

BMW i has been ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ since the first Formula E season and is now on track with the next generation of the Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé, boasting a range of technical advances.

Bruno Correira (POR), official Safety Car driver said: “Thank you to BMW i for bringing such a great livery on my new Safety Car. The new seats and the roll bar make the new car a little bit lighter than the old one. The performance and the size of the battery have been increased. All-in-all, driving the car is great fun.”

The BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car sat proudly at the front of the grid

The new flagship of the BMW i car fleet makes use of the ‘Qualcomm Halo Prototype Technology’ inductive charging system. The system involves driving over a special bottom plate, which uses no cable connections, and automatically charges this special BMW i8 Coupé up to 80% in just one hour, with a performance of 7.2 kilowatts.

Alongside the BMW i8 Coupé, the new BMW i3s as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Race Director Car’, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e as ‘Rescue Car’ are part of the BMW i car fleet in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

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