More big manufacturers are showing an interest in Formula E, and are looking to propel carbon-neutral bids to become powertrain Constructors for the 2018/19 season.
One of the reasons that huge German manufacturers like Audi, BMW and even Mercedes are showing a huge interest in the 2018/19 season is because that will be the year in which the biggest issue with the series will be resolved – No more mid-race car changes.
Formula E was always going to be an ambitious project, but the 2018/19 season is going to be a launchpad. McLaren will supply the battery, allowing full-race longevity. BMW are aiming to become a fully-fledged works team at the Andretti outfit, and Audi are set to have even more involvement with the Apt team. Looking at the drastic design concept of the 2018/19 chassis adds even more weight to the Championship really taking off in its fifth season:
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has been blown away by the level of global manufacturer interest, he said,
“I continue to be delighted by the level of interest that Formula E has been receiving from global car manufacturers since the very start of its first season.
“This is a great endorsement of how Formula E is leading the way for motorsport that is truly relevant for the automotive industry and how it is inspiring the next generation of electric vehicles.”
– Alejandro Agag
What had initially been perceived to be a potential flash in the pan, Formula E has already firmly established itself on the Motorsport landscape. The racing so far this season has been very entertaining with Sebastien Buemi having to race hard to win both the Hong Kong and Marrakech ePrix. The Swiss driver was pushed to the line, and full-on racing has been the agenda so far. When the mid-race car change is abolished for 2018, the championship will flourish further.
The next ePrix on the calendar is a crucial one in the context of this year’s title fight. Buemi has the opportunity to put down an unprecedented benchmark in form and pick up a third win in three races, but one driver hot on his heels will be DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird. The Brit does well in Buenos Aires having set the fastest lap in season 1 and then securing a lights-to-flag win in season 2. The Brit has just come into form after finishing 2.5-seconds behind Buemi’s Renault e.dams and claiming 2nd last time out. Buemi will have to retain his faultless form should he wish to walk away from Argentina with a maximum 75-points.