BMW i Andretti team gets ready for the Diriyah E-Prix

Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims

This coming weekend, Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will kick off at the Diriyah E-Prix (KSA) with two races.

Ahead of the race, BMW i Motorsport put together a guide, previewing the race as well as the track. For starters, the team will race in the 2019-2020 season with a new driver Maximilian Gunther (Germany) and existing driver Alexander Sims (UK).

Circuit length 2.494 km. Clockwise.
Corners 21 turns, 9 left and 12 right. Turns 1-14 are particularly interesting: fast and fluid, whole passage leads downhill and is very demanding technically.
Track surface Bumpy in parts. Pronounced bump on the main straights. Newly integrated drainage to prevent standing water when it rains.
Grip level Medium. Sand on the track.
Circuit layout Very demanding. Particularly the fluid, fast turns between turns 1 and 14. An error there leads to either a damaged car or a major loss of time.
Tire wear Greater strain on the rear axle, particularly to the rear left.
Brake wear Medium to low. Only a few hard braking zones due to the fluid first sector straights.
Attack Zone ATTACK MODE is activated between turn 18 and 19.
Pit lane New design compared to season 5.
Risk of crashes High. Safety car or Full Course Yellow likely.
Key factors Energy management, qualifying position, good car balance (particularly in T1-T14).

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20):

“I’m glad that the waiting for the season-opener is over now. After a lot of intensive testing we feel well prepared for Diriyah. Last season we got off to a great start there, so let’s hope for a good weekend. The track in Diriyah is a mixture of two different characters. The first section reminds me a bit of the mountain section in Macau: very demanding corners, very narrow streets. Then you have the second part which is pretty wide and straight with harder braking zones. That’s a really good combination."

Maximilian Gunther (#28 BMW iFE.20)
Maximilian Gunther (#28 BMW iFE.20)

Maximilian Gunther (#28 BMW iFE.20):

“I’m really looking forward to contesting my first races for BMW i Andretti Motorsport after all the preparation. We completed our test program without any major problems and should be well positioned. We will only see where we really stand at the season opener. I really enjoy the track in Diriyah. It goes up and down, and there are a lot of fast turns. The key to a fast lap time is in the winding middle sector. There is a good opportunity to overtake on the back straight."

Amazon documentary shows intensive technology transfer during Formula E project

Amazon got behind the scenes into the world of Formula E and asked BMW i Motorsport to showcase the strong link between motorsport and automotive electric technology development. The online documentary which is available on the Amazon websites from Germany, UK and USA pictures the huge team effort and the success of the BMW iFE.18 in the first race of the 2018-2019 season, the first single-seater for the Formula E competition developed entirely by BMW.

Formula E, like Formula 1, is used as a test bed for the development of future electric powertrains. BMW i Motorsport makes no exception to this rule, as the iFE competition cars are the most relevant testing platform for high-performance technologies that are deployed into serial production later on. The electric powertrain for the Formula E car is being developed jointly by BMW Motorsport in the same facility where the road-legal BMW i models take shape.

BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt notes that: “The film shows impressively that the Formula E project is much more than just another race to us. For the BMW Group, Formula E is a TechLab for the development of future electric production drive trains. The collaboration between the motorsport and production departments is a cycle. The Formula E drive benefited from the experience of the production engineers during development. In return, the BMW i engineers are able to make use of all the technical insights that we gain through extreme use in Formula E. In spite of all the joy over sporting successes on the racetrack, this is the most important aspect of the Formula E project for us."

You can access the Amazon via the following links:

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