Round three of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship season will take place in Buenos Aires (ARG). The two MS Amlin Andretti ATEC-002 will be driven in the Buenos Aires ePrix by BMW works driver António Félix da Costa (PRT) and Robin Frijns (NLD). This is the third consecutive season to feature the Argentinian capital, the only South American trip on the calendar.
After starting the season with a strong double points finish in Hong Kong – Félix da Costa in fifth place and Frijns in sixth – the MS Amlin Andretti drivers left Morocco empty-handed. Frijns finished just outside the points in 11th, while Félix da Costa was unable to finish. Both will aim to bounce back to the points in Argentina. For the Portuguese driver it is a particularly special venue – he scored his maiden FIA Formula E victory in Buenos Aires, in the 2014/15 season. It’s a location well known to the series, having appeared on every Formula E calendar to date, and presents major challenges – notably the heat.
MS Amlin Andretti races the ATEC-002 in Season 3, with Félix da Costa and Frijns in its two entries – Frijns in number 27 and Felix da Costa in number 28. BMW will provide expertise and support to the American team as it runs its own powertrain for the first time in Season 3, having run the standard Formula E technology in the first two seasons. Buenos Aires represents the third competitive outing for the fledgling manufacturer-team partnership.
For Season 3, BMW i remains the “Official Vehicle Partner” for the FIA Formula E Championship. The BMW i8 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) will continue as the high-performance, efficient Safety Car in Formula E. The same goes for the BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km), which is the “Medical Car” and “Race Director Car” and for the BMW X5 xDrive40e (fuel consumption combined: 3.4–3.3 l/100 km / 83.1–85.6 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 78–77 g/km; figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified), which functions as the “Rescue Car” or “Extrication Car”.
What is Formula E?
Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars. The series was conceived in 2012, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing on 13 September 2014. The series is sanctioned by the FIA.