The FIA has confirmed eleven unique manufactures will take part in the 2019/2020 ABB Formula E season.
From its sixth season onwards, German car-making giants Mercedes-Benz and Porsche will join the premier electric racing formula alongside an outstanding list of manufacturers already part of the booming championship.
The two newcomers will have almost two years to homologate their cars in order to be ready for the 2019/20 season. The next two-year homologation cycle for more manufacturers to join will follow for the 2021/22 season.
Manufactures confirmed for the 2019/20 season include Audi Sport, BMW AG (with Andretti), DS Automobiles (Virgin Racing), Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, Mercedes-Benz, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport (Dragon Racing), Porsche AG, Nissan (replacing Renault e.dams) and Venturi Automobiles.
“The future landscape of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is growing more and more,” said Jean Todt, President of the FIA.
“Today as we confirm two additional manufacturers for the sixth season we have more evidence of the success of this concept. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are both brands with long and decorated histories in motorsport, and the level of all of the eleven manufacturers that will take to the track from 2019/20 is very high.
“Formula E is going from strength to strength, and the commitment of manufacturers to sustainable racing technology is very encouraging.”
The championship continues to grow year-by-year with new ePrix rounds in Rome (14 April) and Zurich (10 June) set to take place later this season. The new Gen2 cars will debut for the 2018/19 season which will feature improvements to the energy storage capacity and battery life that will eliminate the need for drivers to do a mid-race car swap.
“I’m delighted to see both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche alongside some of the existing names on the official list of homologated manufacturers for season six,” added Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
“We continue to exceed all of the initial expectations set out when we started this journey just four years ago. If you had said to me then that we would be in double figures in terms of recognisable names in the world of motorsport, biggest road car manufacturers and automotive brands – I would have said you were crazy. But this is the reality now.
“Combine this with the ever-growing list of partners joining the electric racing revolution and it’s clear that the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is a very exciting place to be in motorsport.”
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