BMW has announced a global motorsport strategy that will include a return to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a new GT car and plans for a Formula E entry in partnership with Michael Andretti’s team for next season.
Its plans to re-enter WEC follows Autocar’s report last year that BMW was investigating a comeback, with a radical hydrogen-powered race car in 2018.
Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said BMW’s return to Le Mans is something “we are particularly looking forward to”. He continued: “The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that there is a big future for GT racing.”
Meanwhile, BMW’s Formula E participation is intended to allow the brand to “familiarise itself with processes in this innovative series, and to check the possibility of a works involvement in the future” according to BMW, as the company considers entering a full team for the fifth season in 2018-2019.
Talking about BMW’s electric vehicle development, a member of BMW’s board of management, Klaus Frölich, said: “Electric mobility will continue to grow in importance. In the last 10 years, we have established a leading position in the automobile industry in this field with BMW i.