Mercedes-Benz To Enter Formula E in Season Five

2 years ago by Mark Kane 3

Mercedes-Benz GP Ltd takes an option to enter Formula E in Season 5

Mercedes-Benz GP Ltd takes an option to enter Formula E in Season 5

While the Formula E is just now entering its third season, Mercedes-Benz GP Ltd has already secured the option to join the electric racing series for its fifth season.

Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz is interested in creating its own team rather than joining an existing one.

The Formula E is preparing to allow two new team entries for season five (up to a maximum of 12, from the current 10) and Mercedes has now reserved one of those two spots for the 2018/2019 season.

Formula E racer for season 2016/17

Formula E racer for season 2016/17

Joining in the fifth season is crucial, as the Formula E hints about a new, modified format for the series – with a single car put into action for the entire race; instead two cars, which are switched in the middle of the race (instead of battery swapping).

A suggestion of more independence between the teams in developing the cars, and of course the longer-range racers, is something we quite like to see as the event matures.

With Mercedes-Benz on-board, Formula E now becomes pretty crowded with OEMs (Audi, BMW, Citroen-DS, Faraday Future, Jaguar, Mahindra, NextEV, Renault, and more).

“Toto Wolff and Alejandro Agag agree to reserve an entry in the electric championship for Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd (MGP) and Formula E Operations Ltd have signed an agreement by which Mercedes takes an option to enter the FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5. According to the option agreement, Mercedes may choose to be one of the maximum of 12 entries to be proposed by the Championship Promoter to the FIA to enter the 2018-19 Formula E Championship.

Mercedes could take one of the two new entries that will be allocated in season five – subject to approval of the FIA – when the all-electric racing series goes from the current format of two cars per driver, to a single car for the entire event.

The current 10 teams in Formula E are all expected to continue in Season 5 and beyond, on their current format, or joining forces with other OEM’s.”

Alejandro Agag said:

“We are delighted to confirm that we have reserved one of our two new entries in Season 5 for MGP. Formula E wants to become the platform where car manufacturers test and develop the technologies that they will then introduce on their road cars. Having the chance to include in the future a brand like Mercedes our Championship would be a major boost to achieve that objective. Formula E is becoming an exciting mix of consolidated manufacturers like Renault, Citroen-DS, Audi, Mahindra or Jaguar, and new futuristic brands like Faraday Future, NextEV, or the likes of major component manufacturers like Schaeffler and ZF. Mercedes would be a great addition to that growing line up.”

Toto Wolff said:

“We have been watching the growth of Formula E with great interest. At the current time, we are looking at all the options available in the future of motor racing, and we are very pleased with an agreement that secures us an opportunity to enter the series in Season 5. Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry. Racing has always been a technology R&D platform for industry and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future.”

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3 responses to "Mercedes-Benz To Enter Formula E in Season Five"

  1. unlucky says:

    Getting rid of the car swapping would be a great start to making Formula E into a serious racing series. The series needs a lot more car development and the current regulations just don’t allow enough of it.

    I don’t begrudge the group who came up with this, because by existing at the time of VW’s Diesel shenanigans they became the de facto place for companies to go to make a showy support of greenness. But their existing racing product is merely a hair’s breadth over glorified car shows like the Race of Champions. An infusion of all these companies surely will bring an improvement in the series similar to the rapid revolution the Isle of Man TT electric category when money started moving into it. See the movie “Charge” about that if you haven’t done so. It’s an interesting watch for electric fans out there.

    1. Yogurt says:

      They were in there second season when Deisel gate happened and that is probably the main reason why Audi joined but not the rest…

      Originally the cars were all the same but starting this year teams can devolop there own motors and transmissions or chose a single speed so it is not spec racing like the first two seasons…

      The fifth year is also when BMW and Audi will put their badges on the cars as oposed to working with other teams in the background as they dont like the dual car part…

    2. Samwise says:

      There is already significant differences between the cars and they are only in season three! Of course the big changes come when battery development is allowed but that’s when the expensive games begin! The management of Formula E have done an excellent job of delivering close exciting raning without the prohibitive costs of some other series.

      There are cars with one motor, others with two, some transverse, some longitudinal, anything from 1 to 5 gears, this is great for development and research and as more components some up for change it will only get better.