McLaren has signed a technical partnership with Nissan, which will provide it with a power unit for its entry into Formula E from next season, under the Gen3 cycle. The Woking team announced a few weeks ago its commitment to the discipline from the 2022-2023 campaign, by buying the Mercedes structure. It was expected that McLaren would unite with Nissan but the agreement had not yet been formally formalized, which is now done.
This is the first time that Nissan will supply its block to a customer team in Formula E. The brand has been present in the championship since 2018-2019 after taking over from Renault within the e.dams team. The latter was bought last spring to pass entirely under the control of the Japanese manufacturer.
« Nissan has demonstrated its knowledge, craftsmanship and commitment over the past four seasons in Formula E and, as we enter the Gen3 era, we are fully confident that this collaboration will bring great success to both parties. »says Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. « It will be a true partnership, driving both team performance and Nissan’s powertrain development for Formula E. »
At Nissan, the boss of the Formula E program, Tommaso Volpe, recalls that the manufacturer « is not in Formula E only to race but also to highlight to different spectators how impressive, powerful and efficient our electric vehicles are ». Before adding: « Our collaboration with McLaren will give us even more opportunities to accelerate the development of our technology and expose it to fans around the world. ».
McLaren have yet to announce their drivers for next season as well as their sponsors, but sources have spoken to us about possible support from Saudi Arabia to promote the futuristic city of Neom. In addition, the team will continue to be led by Ian James, who has been in charge of the Mercedes structure in Formula E since the start of the project initiated by the brand with the star. The McLaren Formula E team will join the two other racing entities, McLaren F1 and Arrow McLaren SP (IndyCar) within McLaren Racing.
With Jake Boxall-Legge