The curtains have been finally lifted off of the new safety car for the Formula E racing series. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship collaborated with BMW to unveil the new safety car. The car in question is brand’s flagship electric i8. The new BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car was unveiled at the Yacht Club de Monaco on the eve of the Monaco E-Prix. The car has been re-engineered to assimilate the qualities and tackle the track and the genesis of the car has been borrowed from its sister BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car. The new BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car has a combined fuel consumption of 2.0 litres/100km; a combined power consumption of 14.5kWh/100km and combined CO2 emissions: 46g/km.
Speaking about the new turn of events Robert Irlinger, BMW i Head, said, “BMW i and Formula E are synonymous with innovation, making them excellently suited to each other. This project is another very good example of the pioneering spirit at BMW i and in Formula E. In implementing the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car, the BMW i engineers, designers and communications crew have dared to explore new horizons and create an absolutely unique car,” he added. “The development team behind the Safety Car is akin to a start-up. Our engineers got creative within their own ranks and assembled it on top of their regular jobs. In doing so, they have achieved something completely new. I am very grateful to the FIA and Formula E for showing such enthusiasm towards our innovation and for making it possible to use the BMW i8 Roadster as an official Safety Car. The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car has a striking design – something which differentiates it from anything we’ve seen before,” said Agag “And what better setting for its presentation than at the Monaco E-Prix? BMW has been a partner since the inaugural season, and their continued support as a vehicle partner and now as a team shows their commitment to electric mobility.”