The outfit had partnered with BMW across three campaigns – the German marque a fixture of Formula E from the championship's inception to the end of Season 7. Alongside providing the entire fleet of safety and officials cars, the Bavarian car giant became a full manufacturer works team ahead of the 2018/19 season, when it partnered up with Andretti Formula E.
BMW provided the Andretti outfit with technical assistance during the 2017/18 season, where Antonio Felix da Costa secured the team's best result of a sixth-place finish in the first race of the season in Hong Kong. Despite the promising start, the team went on to finish last overall in the championship with just 24 points. Becoming a full manufacturer team ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team fielded Da Costa and newcomer Alex Sims behind the wheel of its Gen2 challenger, the BMW iFE.18.
The team and car made its debut appearance in pre-season testing in Valencia ahead of the opening race of the 2018/19 season with drivers Antonio de Felix Costa and Alexander Sims behind the wheel. Rounding off its first campaign as a works team with a fifth place finish, BMW signed former Dragon driver Maximilian Guenther for the 2019/20 season while retaining Alex Sims for a second season.
Guenther pipped Sims in the Drivers' Championship, finishing ninth, with victories in Santiago and Round 8 at Tempelhof. The German's four non-finishes - including the loss of a podium in Berlin for overtaking under the safety car - ultimately hampered his outright finishing position. Sims, meanwhile, closed out the season, and his time with BMW, in 13th spot.
The team ran it so close in Season 7. Rookie Jake Dennis was undoubtedly one of the season's star drivers, outshining another young hotshot in teammate Guenther with a victory in Valencia - where the Brit managed his energy beyond all expectations to win from the front - and another on home soil in London.
A technical glitch unceremoniously brought his title charge to an end in the final round. Without that, he could well have pipped Nyck de Vries to top spot. Third was mighty impressive nonetheless, and BMW i bows out of Formula E for now in the style we've long been accustomed to; with the taste of the winners' Moet and Chandon still fresh.
Dennis returned for Season 8, while American Oliver Askew joined with IndyCar experience under his belt - flying the flag for the USA. Dennis picked up where he left off with silverware in Diriyah and remained at the sharp end of the Drivers’ table over the course of the season. A win and a second place at the London double-header was undoubtedly his highlight.
He and the team, with Lotterer joining the fold, bringing huge experience to the fold, will be looking to kick off Formula E’s new era and Gen3 in the best way possible.