McLaren to supply to Formula E

By Ubaid Parkar, 15 November 2012

Formula E cars will be running on engines, transmissions and electronics systems supplied by Formula 1 team McLaren, it was announced on Monday.

The electric car racing series, sanctioned by the FIA, will make its debut in 2014 with the challengers to be developed by Spark Racing Technology along with the British F1 team.

"I'm a passionate believer in the role that motorsport can play in showcasing and spearheading the development of future technologies, and regard the Formula E concept as an exciting innovation for global motorsport," said McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

McLaren has worked with Frederic Vasseur of Spark Racing Technology before for several years with the Frenchman instrumental in setting up GP2 and GP3 teams in ART, which run under the Lotus banner.

"Working together in Formula E, McLaren's world-class technology and Spark Racing Technology's expert knowledge will combine to allow both companies to stay at the forefront of technical innovation and hopefully open up great opportunities for the racing cars of tomorrow," Whitmarsh added.

McLaren also supplies ECUs in F1 and NASCAR.

Formula E intends to hold ten races in its inaugural season in ten different cities globally, fielding ten teams and 20 drivers.


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