Mercedes-Benz commits to Formula E
Confirms entry into the electric car racing series in the 2019/20 season
The shift to electric in motorsports continues as Mercedes-Benz confirms its entry into Formula E in the sixth season of the sport. Currently in its third season, Formula E already has major car manufacturers' motorsport divisions participating in the series, including Renault, Jaguar and Mahindra.
Mercedes' confirmation completes the set of the German big three with Audi to compete with a factory team next year and BMW signed on as a manufacturer for the Andretti Motorsport team from season five. It is around the same time that Mercedes-Benz is likely to launch its first set of all-electric vehicles from the EQ division, likely with the SUV shown at the Paris Motor Show last year. The Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, said: "Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture - it offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies. Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience – and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series. I’m pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way.”
“Formula E is a significant step in order to demonstrate the performance of our intelligent battery-powered electric vehicles, as well as giving an emotional spin to our EQ technology brand through motorsport and marketing” added Dr Jens Thiemer, VP Marketing Mercedes-Benz.
Simultaneously, Mercedes announced it will be quitting the German touring car series, DTM, at the end of the 2018 season. “Our years in the DTM will always be held high as a major chapter in the motorsport history of Mercedes,” commented Toto Wolff.
It'll be sad to not see any performance enhanced Mercedes-AMGs with outlandish aero in the DTM series. After its exit, only Audi and BMW will remain as the series' manufacturers.