McLaren Racing is set to enter Formula E next season. Rumors had been circulating that the storied Formula 1 team was expanding into the electric single-seater series alongside other new activities like Extreme E and IndyCar, but on Saturday morning the news became official.
“McLaren Racing always seeks to compete against the best and on the leading edge of technology, providing our fans, partners, and people with new ways to be excited, entertained, and inspired,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO.
“Formula E, like all our racing series, fulfills all those criteria. Formula E, like all other forms of sport, has racing at its center, but it will also be strategically, commercially and technically beneficial to McLaren Racing as a whole. Brown stated that Formula E will provide McLaren Racing with a competitive edge through greater understanding of electric racing and will also be a point-of-different for our fans, partners, and people, and continue to drive us along our sustainability path.”
The announcement also clears up the question mark that’s been hanging over the season 7 championship-winning Mercedes-EQ team. Although Formula E has attracted many OEMs over the last eight years, a lot of them have left the sport after only a few seasons. This is partly due to the limited technology transfer opportunities from the track to road-going electric cars.
That was the stated reason Stuttgart pulled the plug on Mercedes-EQ, saying it wanted to focus its efforts on F1 when announcing the plan to quit last August. McLaren Racing, located in Brackley, England will take over the operation.
“Today’s announcement confirms the next exciting chapter in the development of the team,” said Mercedes-EQ team principal Ian James, who will carry on in his leadership role.
“Since our inception in 2019, performance, sustainability, and adaptability have been the keys to our success. Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLare