The first ever FIA Formula E was flagged off to much fanfare this Saturday at the Ad Diriyah Championship in Saudi Arabia. Among the several manufacturers who debuted their electric F1 cars, BMW managed to take the pole position and the first place in the motorsport.

The German company’s racer Da Costa can thank all his dedicated Formula E fans in his win, who voted for him as one of the few to activate the “fan boost”. This mode allows drivers to unlock a short burst of extra power. This calls for strategic deployment of the power up.

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BMW’s Formula E car, called the iFe.18, is built on the common chassis that underpins all second-generation racers for the 2018/19 season.

“Many thanks to everyone who played their part in this win. But we still have a lot of work to do,” da Costa said of his second victory in Formula E.

While Da Costa conquered the podium, the German Marque’s second racer, Alexander Sims did not have a good day, finishing 18th out of 22 racers and being slapped with two penalties for breaching technical regulations.

“My first Formula E weekend was a big challenge and I learned a great deal. António did a fantastic job with pole position and the win and showed how fast our car is,” Sims said. He added he’s “optimistic” for upcoming races after his first go as a Formula E driver.

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While Da Costa conquered the podium, the German Marque’s second racer, Alexander Sims finished 18th out of 22 racers.

BMW’s Formula E car called the iFe.18 is built on the common chassis that underpins all second-generation racers for the 2018/19 season. We know that the battery is also identical across all the racers. This could, however, vary with different teams with unique powertrains, transmissions, suspensions and software management,

The car was built by BMW in close consultancy with its “i” sub-division in order to develop the electric powertrain. The series moves on to Marrakech, Morocco, on January 12 for the second race in the season.