Nine homologated manufacturers have been announced for the 2018/19 FIA Formula E Season, which will officially afford the series a ‘World Championship’ billing.
As is the case currently, the manufacturers will develop the power trains to be used in the control Spark Racing Technologies chassis, which as previously announced will also be an all-new model for 2018/19.
Completing the technical update of the series for season five will be the introduction of a new control battery to be supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies, which will enable drivers to complete each ePrix without the need for a car swap.
The nine announced manufacturers – ABT Formel E, BMW AG, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport, Renault and Venturi Automobiles – are all currently involved in the FIA Formula E Championship.
Seven of the announced names will be familiar as existing teams and manufacturers in their own right, or as partners and suppliers to existing teams. In the case of the latter, Penske Autosport supplies power trains to Faraday Future Dragon Racing, while BMW are a technical partner of Andretti Formula E and also the official supplier of the series’ Safety and Course Cars. The inclusion of the Bavarian brand on the homologated list, however, confirms BMW’s intention to finally become a Formula E manufacturer in its own right.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says the announcement confirms the series’ relevance to the future of automotive manufacturing, beyond his initial plans for the championship.
“The mission of the FIA Formula E Championship is to act as a platform to advance the development of electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions – this hinges on the participation of automotive and component manufacturers,” he said.
“When we launched the series in 2012, we had forecast to secure at least three manufacturers by Season 5. 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”
The announcement of the season five manufacturers comes on the same day that Mahindra Racing became the first team to reveal its 2017-18 season challenger (pictured above). Nick Heidfeld completed a shakedown of the new M4Electro, logging 90 laps in Spain.
Image via Mahindra Racing