Exclusive: Manufacturers form Formula E Advisory Group

BMW, Volvo and Mugen are among manufacturers that have formed a Formula E Manufacturers Advisory Group, which met for the first time in Geneva earlier this month, Motorsport.com can reveal.

Exclusive: Manufacturers form Formula E Advisory Group
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Motorsport.com broke the news of plans for the formation of a Formula E Manufacturers Advisory Group (FEMFG) back in June.

The known members of this collective are BMW, Volvo/Polestar, M-TEC Mugen, McLaren and Williams Advanced Engineering. Several others are believed to be in negotiations to join the group.

While BMW have publically stated that they are unlikely to be directly involved in Formula E in the short-term, Volvo/Polestar has previously not been associated with the nascent all-electric series.

Polestar is the racing division of the Swedish manufacturer and recently announced a major new programme in the World Touring Car Championship with the Volvo S60 TC1 challenger.

M-TEC Mugen, which continues to have close ties with Honda, is believed to be looking closely at a potential powertrain in future seasons of the FIA Formula E Championship.

As well as M-TEC’s staple of Super Formula and Japanese GT commitments, the company also operate the “Honda Sports & Eco Program” jointly with the Mobilityland Corporation, an initiative between the Suzuka and Motegi circuits to bring more mobility and engineering understanding to the Japanese public.

Group set to meet quarterly

The FEMFG is set to meet quarterly and has a remit to give the Formula E Holdings Ltd and by proxy the teams and its partners a clear view as to where the automotive industry technical development is heading in the coming years.

The group will act as an autonomous entity, but will also advise the existing teams and suppliers as to the existing five-year roadmap laid down by the FIA and FEH.

Motorsport.com understands that there is no commitment for members of the FEMFG to become directly involved in Formula E in the future.

However, it is known that at least one major OEM which is currently involved in a high profile motorsport programme is close to joining the current founding members, potentially before the end of the year.

Several senior Formula E figureheads attended the first meeting, including CEO Alejandro Agag and Head of Marketing Ali Russell.

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