Wireless-charging BMW i8 safety car ready to pace Formula E race cars [video]

All racing series have their safety cars, for which race cars set their pace. Usually these are high-end performance cars with Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG pacing a Formula One grand prix or BMW M4 on the track for a DTM race.

Next month the FIA Formula E Championship will be kicking off in Beijing and it wouldn’t sound right if a typical petrol powered car is leading the race cars to the track. Obviously a hybrid or better yet an electric car should do the work.

The organizers did not pick an all-electric Tesla Model S or Nissan Leaf, instead the championship’s technical team is testing two BMW i8 and two BMW i3 models with the aim to evaluate them for the series’ official course cars.

The course cars for the inaugural season will be fitted with Qualcomm Halo wireless charging technology – an inductive charging system which allows the car’s battery to be charged without the use of cables.

The i8 safety car titled as Qualcomm Safety Car will be driven by Bruno Correia, whilst the medical and extraction cars will be overseen by FIA Medical Delegate Dr Phil Rayner and his team.

All four cars will be positioned at the end of the pitlane, charging wirelessly and ready to be rapidly deployed as required during each practice, qualifying and race.


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