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• Flax cooling shaft in use in the #bmwife20 for the first time in the current season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
• The renewable raw material is used in several areas of the #bmwife20.
• Marquardt: “Further proof that #bmw i Motorsport is a tech lab.
”Munich. #bmw i Andretti Motorsport and the #bmwife20 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 #bmwife20 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 #bmwgroup, 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 #bmwife20 is further proof of the hugely important role of #bmw i Motorsport as a tech lab for the #bmwgroup,” said #bmwgroup 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 #bmwife20 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.