Formula E

McLaren Is Joining Formula E Next Season

McLaren Is Joining Formula E Next Season

Drivers, start your electric engines: McLaren will be competing in Formula E races starting next season.

The British automaker’s racing division is acquiring the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, marking its entry into the all-electric motorsport circuit. Of course, McLaren is no stranger to auto racing. Fans have previously been able to watch its drivers in Formula 1, IndyCar, Extreme E, and even e-sport races.

“I firmly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive advantage through greater understanding of EV racing, while providing a point of difference to our fans, partners and people, and continuing to drive us along our sustainability pathway,” Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren Racing, said in a statement.

The Mercedes-EQ team is currently the reigning champ of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Even as part of the McLaren family, it will continue to be led by Ian James, to ensure a smooth transition.

The Formula E Berlin E-Prix that took place this month 

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“Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLaren has always been synonymous with success and high-performance,” James said in a statement. “This is a great moment for all parties involved but, above all, for the people that make up this team. They are what keeps its heart beating.”
Formula E was conceived in 2011, with its first championship race held in Beijing in 2014. It gained FIA world championship status in 2020, and 11 teams competed in the circuit as of the 2021–22 season. Earlier this year, Maserati said that it would also be joining Formula E for the upcoming season, becoming the first Italian marque in the series.

Further changes next season include the introduction of Formula E’s Gen3 racer, which the organization has called its “fastest, most efficient and sustainable race car yet,” according to Hypebeast.
In the coming months, McLaren will announce its driver lineup, powertrain suppliers and commercial partners. Sounds like we’ll have a number of exciting races to tune in for soon.

This New Concept Is a Stylish Coupé on the Outside, But a Formula E Racer on the Inside

This New Concept Is a Stylish Coupé on the Outside, But a Formula E Racer on the Inside

DS sees no reason why a race car has to look like a race car.

The marque, which is a subsidiary of Citroen, has just unveiled a new concept car called the E-Tense Performance. The EV isn’t just a stylish sports car, though, it’s actually the company’s Techeetah Formula E race car wrapped up in a gorgeous new body.
The E-Tense Performance may be built on the bones of a race car, but any discussion about the vehicle has to start with its design. The concept is easily one of the most striking concepts of the very young year. It looks similar to the E-Tense concept the brand brought to the Geneva Motor Show in 2016, with a few key changes. In front, the battery-powered speed machine now sports T-shaped LED headlights and the large chrome grille has been swapped out for a more compact black version topped with an illuminated, three-dimensional DS logo. There’s also a more dramatic aerodynamics package, which includes a carbon-fiber front splitter and side skirts, new wheels and a much larger rear diffuser. The most striking change, though, is the vehicle’s paint job. The car is now finished in an iridescent green broken up by a large black racing stripe.

DS E-Tense Performance 

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DS’s concept mixes style and substance, so there’s a lot to be intrigued by underneath the car’s gorgeous exterior. At the heart of its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is a fully electric powertrain just like the one featured in the Techeetha Formula E racer. It includes two electric motors—one positioned on each axle delivering power to each wheel—that combine to churn out an impressive 815 horses and 590 ft lbs of twist. Thanks to this, the brand expects its speed machine to rocket from zero to 62 mph in around two seconds. Not bad.
Unfortunately, there seems to be no plans to put the DS E-Tense Performance into production. At least for now. The vehicle will be tested by DS’s two Formula E championship-winning drivers, Jean-Éric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa, in the coming months, according to Car and Driver.
Let’s hope the brand sees something that changes its mind.
Check out more photos of the E-Tense Peformance below:

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