McLaren will join the Formula E (electric) World Championships next season, a British car manufacturer, who buys a Formula E team from Mercedes, announced on Saturday.
“The Formula E move not only reflects McLaren’s commitment to the sport of electric cars, but also aims to accelerate the sustainability process of McLaren Racing and reach a new, more diverse international audience,” the press release said in a statement. Already engaged in Formula 1, IndyCar, Extreme E and sports, McLaren begins this new discipline by acquiring a Mercedes Formula E team where Stoffel Vandoorne runs – a two-time champion with Dutchman Nick De Vries -. This acquisition should be completed later in the year, depending on the group. The manufacturer signed the option last year to make it possible to join the series. It will be joined by Italian brand Maserati, which earlier this year announced its participation in the tournament next season. The Formula E World Championships, launched in 2014, are competing for one-seat electric power seats in urban areas. Starting next season, it will host the third generation of cars, called “Gen3”, the most powerful. This season, 16 rounds (records) are in the program, competing in ten different countries. The two ePrix two are on the calendar (Diriyah, Rome, Berlin, New York, London and Seoul), with the Korean capital hosting the last conference on August 13 and 14. In addition to Mercedes initially, several major developers such as Porsche, Nissan and Jaguar are participating this year. (Belga)