McLaren to enter Formula E

McLaren to enter Formula E

May 17, 2022

McLaren Racing have announced that they will be entering the world of electric motorsports, joining the Formula E Championships from the 2022/23 season onwards.

The McLaren Formula E team will come into existence following the acquisition of the Mercedes EQ Formula E team, which is scheduled to take place later in 2022.

After joining the Formula E world, McLaren Racing will have ventured into the Formula One, IndyCar Extreme E and esports industries. Following the acquisition of current champions Mercedes, the German team’s principal Ian James will continue to lead the team into their debut season as McLaren.

Ian James, Team Principal, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, commented:

Today’s announcement confirms the next exciting chapter in the development of the team. Since our inception in 2019, performance, sustainability and adaptability have been the keys to our success. Mercedes-Benz have been the main enablers for this team so far and when we started this journey, we could only have hoped for the results we’ve achieved to date. The company’s clear objectives and technological expertise accelerated our ambitions, and I would like to thank them for being the most supportive owner by helping us to do what we do best: racing. Now, once again, they have been instrumental in securing the right partner to continue our Formula E journey.

Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLaren has always been synonymous with success and high-performance. This is a great moment for all parties involved but, above all, for the people that make up this team. They are what keeps its heart beating. Being able to continue working with them is what I am most excited about.

I’m very much looking forward for this next chapter for the team and will be a proud member of it in Season 9. Until then, we will be focused on delivering the best results possible as the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, for the remainder of the current season.

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, added:

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. Formula E, like all our racing series, fulfils all those criteria.

As with all forms of the sport we participate in, Formula E has racing at the centre but will be strategically, commercially and technically additive to McLaren Racing overall. It is also satisfying to provide a home for the class-leading Formula E team that Mercedes has built, which will become a fully-fledged part of the McLaren Racing family. While run separately to our F1 and IndyCar teams, Formula E complements and builds out our EV racing programme alongside Extreme E.

I firmly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive advantage through greater understanding of EV racing, while providing a point of difference to our fans, partners and people, and continuing to drive us along our sustainability pathway.

McLaren’s decision to enter Formula E was made in January 2021, when they signed an option to participate in the ninth season of the Formula E championship. In between this time, McLaren also entered the Extreme E series, an all-electric off-road racing series. Details about McLaren Formula E team’s driver pairing, powertrain supplier and commercial partners will be revealed later.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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