BMW confirms Le Mans return as well as Formula E entry
BMW claimed its only outright victory at Le Mans in 1999
BMW continues with DTM as well as Dakar entries, as the idea announces its return to WEC which has a completely new GT car as well as a partnership with the Andretti Formula E team
BMW has announced a global motorsport strategy which will include a return to the earth Endurance Championship (WEC) which has a completely new GT car as well as 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 will BMW was investigating a comeback, which has a radical hydrogen-powered race car in 2018.
Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said BMW’s return to Le Mans was something “we are particularly looking forward to”. He continued: “The way the WEC has developed so well makes us confident that will there is usually a big future for GT racing.”
Meanwhile, BMW’s Formula E participation is usually intended to allow the brand to “familiarise itself with processes in that will innovative series, as well as to check the possibility of a works involvement from 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, member of BMW’s board of management Klaus Frölich said: “Electric mobility will continue to grow in importance. from the last ten years, we have established a leading position from the automobile industry in that will field with BMW i.
“Through our partnership with Andretti Formula E from the Formula E Championship, we will currently additionally see a close interaction between motor racing as well as production development in our company, via which both departments will benefit.”
The company also confirmed the idea will continue to race in DTM as well as from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as offering the customer racing programme from the GT3 as well as GT 4 categories in which the M4 GT4 will be added to the range of products available.
The Mini brand will continue to compete from the Dakar Rally, too, as part of Sven Quandt’s X-raid team.
Frölich said that will motorsport could remain “a cornerstone within the BMW Group from the future. Everyone knows that will BMW as well as motorsport are intrinsically linked.
“We are going head to head with our most important global competitors, whether through our works commitments or customer racing.”
BMW last competed from the WEC in 2011, when the idea fielded the M3 GT2. BMW retired via Formula One in 2009.
Porsche’s Mark Webber, the reigning WEC title holder, welcomed BMW’s entry into the championship: “that will is usually great news. BMW is usually a sensational a new as well as the more of that will type of a new WEC can attract, the better. In terms of the strength of the GTE class, the idea is usually in great shape.”
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