Andretti favourite for BMW Formula E project

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Andretti favourite for BMW Formula E project
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
Mar 18, 2016, 12:17 PM

The Andretti Formula E team is in talks with BMW about a possible future partnership in the all-electric series.

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Simona de Silvestro, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
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Robin Frijns, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team

A source at the team confirmed that talks had been "developing between the parties for some months, but no definitive progression of a way forward had yet been realised or confirmed.’"

Informed sources have told Motorsport.com that a potential link-up with the American team could happen, but that any deal is "unlikely to take place, in a full capacity at least," for Formula E's third season.

Motorsport.com can also reveal that BMW will not, as a manufacturer, participate in the forthcoming tender for the supply of chassis or batteries for the 2018/19 season.

The German manufacturer is believed to be confident in its knowledge and technology gained through the i-brand series to promote its electric vision, but they are open to accessing further marketing through racing in Formula E with the Andretti team in the near future.

However, a BMW identity in Formula E is far from certain, with a board decision yet to be confirmed to green light a tie-up with the American team.

Andretti have a re-homologated their ATEC-01 car ready for season three of the series, but are looking for an additional partner to race with for the next campaign.

A potential announcement about a possible BMW future in Formula E, rumoured to take place at Berlin in May, has been suggested by an informed source as "highly unlikely".

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Series Formula E
Teams Andretti Autosport
Author Sam Smith
Article type Breaking news