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MS&AD Andretti Formula E set to electrify the streets of Rome.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Europe this Saturday, 14th April, for the first Rome (ITA) E-Prix. BMW works drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) return to the cockpits of the MS&AD Andretti cars. Blomqvist was behind the wheel of the BMW iFE.18 in Maisach (GER) last Tuesday and completed the roll-out for the car, which BMW will be using for the works entry in Season 5 of Formula E.

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Munich. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Europe this Saturday, 14th April, for the first Rome (ITA) E-Prix. BMW works drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) return to the cockpits of the MS&AD Andretti cars. Blomqvist was behind the wheel of the BMW iFE.18 in Maisach (GER) last Tuesday and completed the roll-out for the car, which BMW will be using for the works entry in Season 5 of Formula E.

 

The Situation

Despite starting well, with MS&AD Andretti taking points at each of the first four venues in Season 4, neither Félix da Costa nor Blomqvist scored at the last event, Punta del Este. However, Félix da Costa’s starring performance in Mexico City (MEX) showed there is excellent pace in the Andretti ATEC-03, and both drivers have proven the car’s efficiency at race pace. They will look to spring forward at this brand-new event in Rome.

 

The Team

The MS&AD Andretti Formula E team is in its fourth season of Formula E in 2017/18. So far, Michael Andretti’s (USA) team has contested 39 races, claimed three pole positions, and scored 222 points. BMW works driver Félix da Costa is again in action at the wheel of the number 28 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-003 in Season 4. Joining the Portuguese driver is fellow BMW works driver Blomqvist, racing car number 27.

 

The Expectations

 

Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E: “After the pretty hectic first couple of races, it feels like we’ve been on a big break. This week I had the privilege of driving the first metres in the new BMW iFE.18 – a great moment for everyone involved in this project. Now I am definitely very keen to be back behind the wheel of the MS&AD Andretti car. I think it’s going to be a big weekend with the inaugural Rome E-Prix. It’s such a historical city, which I think is big for us, for Formula E and for everyone. I’m really looking forward to racing on the streets of Rome. We’ve been trying to keep our heads down and improve on all the weaknesses that we’ve uncovered over the first couple of races. We have proven at times that the car and the package have been able to get some results but it has been a bit inconsistent so we are trying to understand all of that and learn from the areas we haven’t been good in. This should help us put together a decent weekend in Rome. This is a new track for everyone which is good for me because I haven’t been to any of the tracks.“

 

António Félix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E: “It's really good to finally go back to racing with the MS&AD Andretti team. Rome is a new track for Formula E and a new city so that's always very exciting. It's blank territory for everyone so we have done our homework in the simulator with the whole team. We feel well prepared and we feel like we have addressed all the points that needed to be addressed after Punta del Este. We are looking forward to going back to racing and scoring points.”

 

The Circuit

As the Rome E-Prix is the first electric motor race ever held in the city, the brand-new circuit will be a trial for the team and driver. Most of the turns are tight, but the fast, sweeping turns three/four and seven/eight will challenge drivers and their set up. The race will start on the tree-lined Via Cristoforo Columbo, speed around the towering Obelisco di Marconi and sweep past the iconic Colosseo Quadrato, on the second longest track of the season: 2.84km.

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 4. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the new BMW i8 Coupé, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As well as the BMW i8 Coupé, the BMW i fleet for the ABB Formula E Championship also includes the new BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical Car” and “Race Control Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 15.4 to 15.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as “Rescue Car”. 

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires.

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new "Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure" (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the "New European Driving Cycle" (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the "guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars", available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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