Even though BMW will be exiting the Formula E series at the end of Season 7, the BMW drivetrain will be back in 2022 in the Andretti team’s cars. Soon after BMW announced its exit from the series there was speculation that Andretti would continue to use BMW power in Season 8.
As the BMW Racing eDrive03 drivetrain in the current cars was homologated for two years in advance of Season 7, it is available for Season 8, when Andretti Formula E will return to compete as an independent team.
BMW Motorsport head of test and race operations Mike Krack said, “We are delighted to be able to continue to support Andretti Formula E. We are convinced that the BMW Racing eDrive03 will allow Andretti Formula E to achieve top results. Working purely as a drivetrain supplier, we will no longer be involved directly in events at the racetrack in Season 8 but we will provide the team with support in response to any technical questions regarding the BMW Racing eDrive03.”
Team owner Michael Andretti said, “We’re really pleased to continue competition with BMW Motorsport as a privateer team in Season 8. As a works team, BMW i Andretti Motorsport has enjoyed shared success and we look forward to building on that as we continue on with Andretti Formula E. The BMW i drivetrain has proven to be reliable and competitive, and we look forward to putting it to work for another season.”
BMW i Andretti scored no points in the February 26–27 Formula E Season 7 opener in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Competition will resume in Rome on April 10.—Brian Morgan
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