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Milestone in Hong Kong: BMW i Andretti Motorsport looking for more success in the 50th race in Formula E history.

This weekend, Hong Kong (HKG) is the venue for the first Far East round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. After second place for António Félix da Costa (POR) in Mexico City (MEX), BMW i Andretti Motorsport is out to back-up its fine recent form at the Hong Kong E-Prix. Alexander Sims (GBR) is also hungry to finish in the points again in Asia.

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Munich. This weekend, Hong Kong (HKG) is the venue for the first Far East round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. After second place for António Félix da Costa (POR) in Mexico City (MEX), BMW i Andretti Motorsport is out to back-up its fine recent form at the Hong Kong E-Prix. Alexander Sims (GBR) is also hungry to finish in the points again in Asia.

 

The Hong Kong E-Prix represents the 50th race in the short history of Formula E. BMW i has supported the series from the outset as “Official Vehicle Partner”. With 45 starts to his name, Félix da Costa is one of just ten drivers to have contested 40 or more Formula E races. The Andretti Autosport team has been involved in every race so far.

 

The BMW iFE.18 attracted plenty of attention in Hong Kong even before the start of the actual race week. The car visited a number of the most famous locations in the Asian metropolis. The tour produced some spectacular images, which can be downloaded from the BMW Group PressClub: https://bit.ly/2VzI945.

 

Quotes ahead of the Hong Kong E-Prix:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“António’s second place in Mexico City has given the whole team another big boost. Although things did not go entirely to plan for him in previous races, with second place in the Drivers’ Championship, he is still within striking distance of the leader. The most important thing in this phase of the season is to consistently pick up points. That also goes for Alexander, who was involved in a crash through no fault of his own in Mexico. Bearing in mind the promising pace he has shown, I am confident that he will produce another good result in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong E-Prix is a particularly important event for the championship. Formula E has already been captivating its fans for 50 races. BMW i has supported the series as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ from day one. The Andretti team has competed in every race and António is one of the most experienced drivers in the field. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Alejandro Agag on this milestone.”

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“Hong Kong is one of the iconic Formula E circuits. It is located in the heart of the city and has a very narrow, winding and bumpy layout. It is a racetrack, on which Andretti has enjoyed success in the past. I think our two drivers have a good chance of competing at the front of the field again in Hong Kong. After the successful weekend in Mexico City, the goal is now for both drivers to score plenty of points for the team.”

 

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18):

“I am really looking forward to going to Hong Kong. It’s a great city and I can hardly wait to drive against the breathtaking backdrop of the harbour. I’ve only ever driven the circuit in a simulator so far. It’s quite twisty and very demanding. As with every weekend, my goal will be to be to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. I think it will be tougher than in Mexico, as the peculiarities of a true street circuit can’t be underestimated. However we have a quick car, so we travel to Hong Kong confident that we can score good points.”

 

António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18):

“Hong Kong has always been a good circuit for me. After the strong result in Mexico City, I am really looking forward to driving there. I can hardly wait to get back in the BMW iFE.18. We must now perform consistently. The team is highly motivated – as am I. It will be the 50th Formula E race, and I have been involved since Season 1. That is something I am also rather proud of. Congratulations, Formula E!”

 

The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes are awarded a significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a five-second window during the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite driver in the six days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into, each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are three ways to vote: Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/, via the official Formula E App or on Twitter using the hashtag #FANBOOST plus the drivers first and last name as a one-word hashtag.

 

Hashtags of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers:

#AlexanderSims

#AntonioFelixdaCosta

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As well as the BMW i8 Coupe, the BMW i fleet also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and the BMW 530e iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in its role as “Medical Car”.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption shown were determined in the standardized test cycle 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 optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.
The values are already based on the test cycle according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective 06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and fromDeutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and under https://www.dat.de/co2/

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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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