BMW will announce an engineering co-operation with the Andretti Formula E team, as the German car maker aims to raise its profile in the global all-electric single seater race series.
Among the areas in which the two companies are set to co-operate is in the development of electric motors and 'power electronics'. BMW has built up extensive knowhow in both of these areas in recent years as a result of the establishment of its electric i sub-brand.
BMW has been a staunch supporter of Formula E since its inception in 2014. In fact, the Formula E safety car is a BMW i8. The German manufacturer is expected to use the engineering co-operation with Andretti as a springboard to a full works team before the end of the decade, when it plans to introduce a second wave of i brand road cars, including a new electrically powered i5 small SUV.
As part of the collaboration, the Andretti Formula E team is expected to announce that BMW's Portuguese factory driver António Félix da Costa will join the American squad as team-mate to Dutchman Robin Frijns for the upcoming season.