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BMW Qualcomm i8
Qualcomm i8 Safety Car.png
Car Details
Manufacturer BMW
Model i8/i8 Roadster
Designer Mario Majdandzič
Benoit Jacob
Richard Kim
Motor B38A15T0 1.5L turbocharged Inline-3 gasoline (hybrid)
Battery 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery
Length 4,700mm (190in)
Width 1,940mm (76in)
Height 1,300mm (51in)
Weight 1,485kg (3,274lb)
Top Speed 155mph
Debut 2014/15

The BMW Qualcomm i8 is a hybrid sports car currently serving as the Safety Car for the FIA Formula E Championship. It was first used in the 2014/15 season, and made its first appearance on-track at the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix following a collision between Katherine Legge and Michela Cerruti.

The i8 Safety Car is unique among the 2014/15 field in that it is the only hybrid car used in the series - its 7.1kWh battery is supported by a 1.5L turbocharged engine, combining to produce up to 362 bhp.

While the technology is not yet available to do so, the FIA have stated that they intend to develop wireless charging capability for the Safety Car by 2017, thus increasing the range of the vehicle on electric power alone.

For the 2014/15 season, there are two i8 Safety Cars at each race meeting. The primary car will be driven by experienced Touring Car driver, Bruno Correia, with the secondary car on standby in case the first needs to be relieved for any reason. In the 2019/20 season the i8 safety car was changed to a roadster version.

For the 2021 Season the i8 will start to share the role with the MINI Electric Pacesetter from the Rome ePrix onwards.

Usage in Formula E Championship

Season Role Notes
2014/15 Safety Car
2015/16 Safety Car
2016/17 Safety Car
2017/18 Safety Car
2018/19 Safety Car
2019/20 Safety Car The car changed from a coupe to a roadster version, becoming the worlds first ever roadster safety car.