New BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car unveiled at the Mexico City E-Prix

New BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car unveiled at the Mexico City E-Prix

MUNICH, 15-Feb-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — BMW unveiled new BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car at this season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez” in Mexico City.

The livery of the new safety car is designed by Michael Scully, Head of Design BMW Motorsport and is meant to show the close relationship between this special BMW i8 Coupe and the BMW iFE.18 race cars.

Prominent guests attended the presentation event during the Mexico City E-Prix and among them were Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director), António Félix da Costa (POR) and Alexander Sims (GBR) (BMW works drivers), the Head of BMW Motorsport Marketing Pia Schörner and the Co-founder and Chief Championship Officer at Formula Alberto Longo.

Formula E and the BMW Motorsport design teams have closely collaborated over the design of the new BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car.

Head of Design BMW Motorsport Michael Scully:

“As with the BMW iFE.18, the first priority when designing the Safety Car was the top view of the car. We have translated the themes found in the design of the BMW iFE.18 to the very different proportions of the BMW i8 Coupe. This livery gives the Safety Car a new dynamism and a bold level of expression appropriate to racing in the streets.”

“The iconic blue and white elements of the BMW logo structure each key view of the BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car in a way that makes no two views of the car the same. The asymmetric layout also shares the functionally-derived non-reflective matte black cockpit element seen on the BMW iFE.18.”

“Embedded within the livery is a connective graphic network of blue and purple ‘veins’ carrying the natural colours of raw electricity.” added Scully.

BMW i has been ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ of Formula E since Season One and has provided the entire fleet of safety vehicles ever since.

Many BMW M components have been used into the new BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car to meet the specific demands of motor racing. Things like carbon ceramic brakes, sports chassis, roll bar, rear wing and rear hatch made of carbon fibre, front splitter, sports seats, among others, are all taken from the BMW M different models.

The combined fuel consumption of the new BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km.

SOURCE: BMW

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