It seems like there is something brewing in Formula E as BMW just became the second manufacturer announcing their departure from the sport. The announcement came not long after Audi pulled out from the zero-emission race series, where they will end the Formula E program at the end of the 2020/21 season.
According to a statement from BMW, they said that they have “essentially exhausted the opportunities” to develop its electrical technologies in Formula E.
“Our journey in Formula E is hitting the home stretch. After seven successful years, BMW Group will end its involvement in the series at the end of the coming season,” the statement read.
“As a partner from the word go, BMW has been instrumental in the success story of Formula E. However, when it comes to the development of e-drivetrains, BMW Group has essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology transfer in the competitive environment of Formula E.”
“As the strategic focus of BMW Group is shifting within the field of e-mobility, we will now concentrate on a model offensive and series production in large quantities with the fifth generation BMW E-drives.”
Although BMW has confirmed their departure, they will still provide full factory support to the Andretti outfit in the 2020/21 season. With their departure, where do you think BMW will shift their focus to in the next few years? Touring Cars, GT, or possibly, LMDh?