The FIA has announced the manufacturers for the fifth Formula E season, featuring the usual suspects but also BMW and DS now have fully committed as a manufacturer.
From season 2018-19, the drivers will drive a single car per race. Spark Racing Technology will again supply the chassis, McLaren Applied Technologies will supply the batteries. The battery power of the vehicles goes up from 28kWh to 54kWh.
The manufacturers are:
- ABT Formel E
- BMW AG
- DS Automobiles
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Mahindra Racing
- NextEV NIO
- Penske Autosport
- Venturi Automobiles
Not included is Mercedes that previously have shown interest in the series. But it doesn’t mean that the German make won’t make an appearance in any future season.
“The FIA Formula E Championship has been going for a little over three years now and already it has established itself as one of the most interesting and innovative race series, not just because of the actual format of the events but also and above all, because of its technical development,” commented the FIA President, Jean Todt.
“The homologation of the powertrains that will be used as from season 5 is a very significant step because it means the cars will be able to run for twice as long while, at the very least, maintaining the same performance level. This highlights how motorsport can stimulate and accelerate development of new technologies which can then be applied to road cars and in this case, it has even more of a key role, given that at the moment, electricity is one of the more practical alternatives when it comes to finding new forms of more sustainable mobility in the future.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, added: “When we launched the series in 2012, we had forecast to secure at least three manufacturers by season Five. The news today has highlighted the number and quality of manufacturers joining the championship and tripling our initial expectations. This just goes to show the relevance of Formula E to the motor industry and as an attractive proposition to new audiences and commercial partners.”