Formula E gets new manufacturer bids for season five

Several new manufacturers have submitted a registration to be a powertrain constructor for the 2018/19 Formula E season.

Formula E gets new manufacturer bids for season five

The registration deadline for manufacturers to submit technical dossiers to the FIA closed on February 1.

The FIA will now start to embark on a detailed process of analysing and evaluating the manufacturers’ plans before announcing those that have been granted the license to supply teams from 2018 onwards.

Audi has previously committed to expanding its involvement with the Abt team, while BMW’s similar engineering partnership with Andretti was formed with a view to a fully-fledged works entry in 2018/19.

The two German marques are expected to be among the new manufacturers with at least one more new entry anticipated, though it is not known exactly how many have registered.

Mercedes secured an option to enter the series for 2018/19 but it is unknown if it has acted on this and officially expressed its interest for that season.

A spokesperson at the FIA told Motorsport.com that “we have some work to do”.

The evaluation period is likely to go on into March, when an announcement of the manufacturers that can go on to the homologation stages could be made.

The FIA spokesperson continued: “The whole process has to be carefully fulfilled because it is such an important step, especially for season five onwards when we will have completely new technology.”

From 2018/19 Formula E intends to drop its mid-race car swaps, with new battery supplier McLaren Applied Technologies at the centre of that target.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag told Motorsport.com: “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.”

shares
comments
Spark releases next-gen Formula E concept images
Previous article

Spark releases next-gen Formula E concept images

Next article

Renault e.dams 2017 Buenos Aires ePrix preview

Renault e.dams 2017 Buenos Aires ePrix preview
Load comments
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams Prime

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Prime

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021
How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself Prime

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series.

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Prime

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021
Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Prime

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit.

Formula E
Oct 13, 2021
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Prime

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Prime

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun.

Formula E
Sep 19, 2021
How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Prime

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin.

Formula E
Sep 17, 2021