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Track facts and key factors: the BMW i Andretti Motorsport preview for the BMW i Berlin E-Prix.
24.05.2019 Press Release
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is in Berlin (GER) this weekend for round ten of the season. BMW i is the title partner of BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s home race again. In this preview, we present the most important facts on the circuit and the key factors for a successful BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium.
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Munich. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is in Berlin (GER) this weekend for round ten of the season. BMW i is the title partner of BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s home race again. In this preview, we present the most important facts on the circuit and the key factors for a successful BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium.
TRACK FACTS BERLIN.
2.375 km, relatively short. Driven anti-clockwise.
5 left-handers and 5 right-handers. Slowest corner: T6 (approx. 48 km/h). Fastest corner: T8 (approx. 160 km/h).
Very flat, same concrete surface throughout (airfield)
Medium. As the circuit is not on public streets and there are no leaves or pollen on the track, qualifying group 1 should not be at such a great disadvantage.
Relatively high average speed. As such, relatively high energy consumption. Two long straights and a wide track allow for good overtaking manoeuvres.
High. Particularly on the right side. Tyre wear can be a key factor in the race.
ATTACK MODE is activated on the outside of Turn 6. There is a risk of losing positions.
Risk of crashes
Relatively low, due to the wide track.
High efficiency of the drivetrain, energy management, tyre wear.
Quotes ahead of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix:
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):
“The first home race for BMW i Andretti Motorsport this weekend is
something very special for us. As ‘Official Vehicle Partner’, BMW i
has been closely associated with Formula E from Season 1. BMW i has
also been title partner of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix since 2018. We now
come to Tempelhof Airport as a racing team for the first time – and
with our sights set firmly on converting the great potential of the
BMW iFE.18 into good results. So far, we have done well in our debut
season and, despite a few highs and lows, we are still in the thick of
the race for the Drivers’ title with António Félix da Costa. The whole
team is determined to put on a good show for the German fans in Berlin.”
Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18):
“The home race for our team and BMW is another new circuit for me. I
have prepared well in the simulator and have the impression that the
track is far more spacious than the typical, narrow street circuits we
often drive on in Formula E. Overtaking seems to be possible, which
will make the racing more interesting, particularly for the fans. The
unusual race format, with the practice sessions on Friday and then
straight into qualifying on the Saturday, represents a new challenge.
However, I am really looking forward to it.”
António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18):
“I am really looking forward to the home race for BMW i Andretti
Motorsport in Berlin. Our package is very good and I believe we should
do well on the circuit at Tempelhof Airport. Unfortunately, we have
not had the results we hoped for recently, but I am still in the race
for the Drivers’ title. Hopefully we can bounce back strongly in
Berlin and score some important points.”
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:
The BMW i Fleet
BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5. Spearheading the fleet are two Safety Cars: The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been specially modified for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. 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 (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”.
The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a workforce of 129,932 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
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