BMW brought its new iFE.18 to the 3.25 km Calafat circuit in Spain for testing in April. The test, hosted by the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series, was attended by all nine of the manufacturers developing the Gen 2 platform; the Gen 2 car will run in the series’ fifth season, scheduled to begin in December 2018.

The iFE.18, equipped with a drivetrain developed by BMW, was driven at Calafat by BMW factory driver and 2012 DTM champion Bruno Spengler. The test session included a day of driving on Tuesday, a day for teams to work on their cars on Wednesday, and another day of driving on Thursday.

According to the teams can now run fifteen days of private testing before October 1.

“The test with the BMW iFE.18 was a very positive one,” said Spengler. “We spent a lot of time on track. When we did come across any issues, they were solved relatively quickly. In a project as new as this one, the initial tests are primarily about gaining experience. We did that and completed the majority of our test program. For me, as a driver, it is very special to be involved here from the word go. Working on the development of a new car is a unique task.”

Season Four of the series, for which BMW has partnered with the MS&AD Andretti team, runs next in Paris on April 28. After that the series runs in Berlin on May 19; BMW i will be the title sponsor of the Berlin race.—Brian Morgan



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