New horizons for BMW i and MS Amlin Andretti with Formula E’s lass African adventure.

Posted on 09. Nov, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich (DE), 8th Nov 2016. The 2016/17 FIA Formula E
Championship deteriorate creates a second stop of a universe debate in
Marrakesh (MA) on 12th November. BMW works motorist António Félix da
Costa (PT) will expostulate one MS Amlin Andretti ATEC-002 in a Marrakesh
ePrix, while Robin Frijns (NL) will be during a circle of a other. The
competition weekend outlines Formula E’s initial revisit to Africa. The Moroccan
eventuality is also ideally timed to coincide with a United Nations
meridian change discussion COP22 – a Marrakesh ePrix is a official
opening sporting eventuality of a summit.

The Challenge

The season’s opening spin in Hong Kong (CN) heralded a clever start
to BMW’s electric racing partnership with MS Amlin Andretti, and the
Moroccan ePrix represents a good eventuality for serve development
in performance. Félix da Costa and Frijns were placed fifth and sixth
respectively in Asia, though a Marrakesh circuit presents a different
impression to Hong Kong. The competition in a ‘Red City’ takes place on the
calendar’s longest circuit – 2.97 km – and one of a fastest. It is
also a initial time Formula E has raced on a pattern previously
used by another series, as a Moroccan spin of a FIA World Touring
Car Championship (WTCC) raced on a near-identical blueprint in 2016.

Entering a second competition of a season, a FIA Formula E’s third
championship has already proven to be both parsimonious and dramatic, with an
superb and tactical competition in Hong Kong. MS Amlin Andretti and its
drivers will be aiming to once again use correct plan calls and
clever competition qualification to maximize their points intensity on Formula E’s
lass African excursion.

The Expectations

António Félix da Costa, MS Amlin Andretti: “It’s a
new nation for myself, as good as for Formula E, and these new
horizons are partial of what is so sparkling about this championship. The
circuit looks utterly interesting, so it could be a fascinating race.
With a lot of quick sections, there’s going to be some sincerely severe
appetite management, and that’s going to be a biggest cause in the
minds of drivers and engineers here. Whoever gets it right can expect
to reap a rewards. It looks like there will be copiousness of overtaking
opportunities too, so we can demeanour brazen to good racing. It’s really
tough to contend where we’ll be in terms of a opening – this track
competence not fit us as good as Hong Kong did, though we’ll aim, like
always, for initial place, and see where we shake out.”

Robin Frijns, MS Amlin Andretti: “The Marrakesh
circuit is a longest competition on a calendar and it’s going to be a
tough one for everybody with a lot of appetite management. Looking back
from Hong Kong we consider we had a flattering good weekend, we’re (tied for)
second in a group championship, so we started a deteriorate well. Let’s
wait and see how this weekend goes – of march we are looking to do
a same pursuit as we did in Hong Kong. As we pronounced before it’s going to be
tough, though it’s going to be tough for everyone.”

The City

Marrakesh is an ancient city, with roots as distant behind as a 11th
century, though it is nonetheless a forward-thinking and colourful place.
The hosting of a UN meridian limit COP22 is a clever vigilance of its
intent. The city has also hosted several furloughed automobile events in recent
years, and has spin Africa’s unchanging FIA World Championship
end – a 2009 FIA WTCC competition was a initial vital motorsport
eventuality in a nation given a 1958 Grand Prix of Casablanca. Visitors
to a eventuality can design a extraordinary informative brew of historic
design and impression juxtaposed with a unconventional all-electric
judgment of Formula E. This is a championship’s initial revisit to
Africa, a fifth continent, carrying formerly visited Asia, Europe,
North America and South America.

The Circuit

The Moroccan event, with a backdrop supposing by ancestral buildings
and a pretentious Atlas Mountains, shares a blueprint with that used
by a FIA WTCC this year. The semi-permanent lane was designed by
Hermann Tilke (DE), and is a initial of a kind ever used by FIA
Formula E. Faster in impression than many of a marks on the
calendar, it has 3 quick straights and one long, quick right handed
hook only after a parsimonious initial turn. It is also a series’ longest
circuit, during 2.97 km.

The Team

MS Amlin Andretti will competition a ATEC-002 in Season 3, with Félix da
Costa and Frijns in a dual entries – Frijns in series 27 and Felix da
Costa in series 28. BMW will yield imagination and support to the
American group as it runs a possess powertrain for a initial time, having
run a customary Formula E record in a initial dual seasons.

Fans can opinion to give their favourite motorist a ‘FanBoost’ – an extra
appetite allocation, accessible in a second half of a competition – online.
The 3 drivers with a many votes accept an additional 100KJ of
energy, that can boost appetite by adult to 30KW. There are dual methods:
voting on, or by regulating a hashtag #FanBoost,
and #AntonioFelixdaCosta or #RobinFrijns, on Twitter or Instagram.

The BMW i Vehicle Fleet

For Season 3, BMW i again is a “Official Vehicle Partner” for the
FIA Formula E Championship. The BMW i8 (fuel expenditure combined: 2.1
l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) will
continue as a high-performance, fit Safety Car in Formula E.
The same goes for a BMW i3 (energy expenditure combined: 12.9 kWh;
CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km), that is a “Medical Car” and “Race
Director Car” and for a BMW X5 xDrive40e (fuel expenditure combined:
3.4–3.3 l/100 km / 83.1–85.6 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 78–77
g/km; total formed on a EU exam cycle, might change depending on the
tyre format specified), that functions as a “Rescue Car” or
“Extrication Car”.

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