McLaren will enter Formula E in 2023, replacing Mercedes

McLaren has confirmed that it will take over the online seat currently filled by the Mercedes EQ team and will add Formula E to its significant motorsport portfolio.

The plans of the British constructors were officially announced today, and the team will be involved in the McLaren Formula E Team race from 2023 onwards.

As The Race revealed in February, McLaren will compete with Nissan’s powertrains for at least the first two seasons of its existence. It will benefit the Mercedes EQ team that is the winner of the current championship combined with some aspects of McLaren’s technical resources.

The deal went slowly with the first contact between Mercedes EQ and McLaren’s Zack Brown last February before Mercedes gave notice of its intention to end its three-season program as a manufacturer.

Mercedes EQ team leader Ian James then led in an attempt to at least continue the team in the Gen3 era with a partner. The development of the Gen3 powertrain that was supposed to be used by Mercedes was discontinued last October, and the focus was placed on continuing the customer-based model for 2023 and beyond.

This prompted Mercedes EQ directors Toto Wolff, Ian James and technical leader Nick Chester to cast a wide net to continue the team’s participation in Formula E.

This led to more detailed talks between the team and McLaren who signed the initial option to join Formula E in early 2021.

At the time, McLaren Group CEO Zak Brown said he had “been watching Formula E closely for some time and following the series’ progress and future direction.”

Confirmation that McLaren will be represented in Formula E from next season ensures that it will continue beyond McLaren Applied’s commitment to provide and support Gen2 battery engineering that expires in August.

“McLaren Racing is always striving to compete with the best and cutting-edge technology, providing our fans, partners and people with new ways to get excited, have fun and get inspired. Formula E, like all our racing series, meets all those criteria, ”said McLaren boss Zak Brown.

“As with all the sports we participate in, Formula E has racing at the center, but it will be a strategic, commercial and technical addition to McLaren Racing as a whole. It is also a pleasure to provide a home for the leading Formula E team in the class built by Mercedes, which will become a full part of the McLaren Racing family. Although run separately from our F1 and IndyCar teams, Formula E complements and builds our EV racing program with Extreme E.

“I firmly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive edge through a better understanding of EV racing, while providing a point of difference to our fans, partners and people, and continuing to guide us on our path to sustainability.”

Race has learned that the team will not be relocated to Woking where McLaren F1 and its Extreme E teams are located. Instead, a new plant is being prepared near Mercedes ’current location in Brackley.

Formula E team leader Ian James added: “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 who make up this team. They are what make his heart beat faster. The fact that I can continue to work with them is what makes me most happy.

“I am really looking forward to this next chapter of the team and I will be a proud member of it in the 9th season. Until then, we will be focused on achieving the best possible results as the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team, for the rest of the current season. ”

McLaren should hire at least one new driver for the 2023 season as Race reported earlier this month that current Mercedes EQ driver Stoffel Vandoorne has agreed to join DS Penska’s new alliance to begin the 3rd generation era expected to begin next January.

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