The BMW iFE.20 as a tech lab: first race car with parts made out of renewable textile fibres.

Munich. BMW i Andretti Motorsport and the BMW iFE.20 got off
to a successful start in Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship with their victory in Diriyah (KSA) in November.
Alexander Sims (GBR) heads into the new year and the next race in
Santiago (CHI) at the top of the driver’s standings, but the BMW
iFE.20 is already an asset for BMW i Motorsport away from the track
as well. Its flax cooling shaft emphasises its great importance as a
tech lab for the BMW Group, being the first BMW race car fielded by
a works team with parts made out of renewable textile fibres –
making it a pioneer for series production.


“The flax cooling shaft that we use in the BMW iFE.20 is further
proof of the hugely important role of BMW i Motorsport as a tech lab
for the BMW Group,” said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“We are consistently using Formula E as an innovative platform for
series development – in this instance for testing flax in extreme
weather conditions. What’s particularly remarkable is the fact that in
some areas this renewable material even has advantages over materials
established in racing, such as carbon. Our ambition is to always use
the best suited material for each part.”


Compared with carbon, flax has greater absorption and greater impact
resistance, which can be advantageous on the street circuits with
their bumps and crash barriers, on which Formula E takes place. The
same is true of contact with other cars during races.


The BMW iFE.20 is the first works BMW racing car in which the
material is used. However, the expansion of this concept to include
other BMW Motorsport race cars is currently already in the development phase.