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BMW also announces departure from Formula E

BMW also announces departure from Formula E

A few days after Audi, BMW has also announced its withdrawal from Formula E. The Munich-based company will end its involvement in the electric racing series at the end of the coming season in order to sharpen its focus on series production.

Formula 1 team McLaren secures Formula E option

Formula 1 team McLaren secures Formula E option

McLaren Racing has secured an option to participate in Formula E once the 3rd generation race cars debut for the 9th season of the electric racing series. The option will allow McLaren to enter the championship as one of a maximum of 12 teams from the 2022/23 season.

Toyota unveils hybrid race car for new WEC season

Toyota unveils hybrid race car for new WEC season

Toyota Gazoo Racing has unveiled the race car it will field in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this year. In line with new hypercar regulations, the GR010 Hybrid features an all-wheel-drive powertrain with system power capped at 500kW.

Flying "Formula 1 car" with hydrogen

Flying "Formula 1 car" with hydrogen

French startup MACA has unveiled the concept of a hydrogen-powered racing flying car, the Carcopter, at CES 2021. Yes, that's right, the founders want to create a flying car competition to accelerate innovation in the eVTOL market and generate revenue from racing.

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button founds Extreme E team

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button founds Extreme E team

Extreme E has announced the participation of the third Formula 1 world champion: After Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button now also joins the electric off-road racing series starting this year. The difference to Hamilton and Rosberg: Button will also participate as a driver.

Formula E team and chemical company want to build Formula E two-seater

Formula E team and chemical company want to build Formula E two-seater

Chemical company Johnson Matthey has partnered with Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing to market its cathode materials, and the collaboration will also see the development of a two-seater Formula E race car.

eVTOL presented for flight racing series

eVTOL presented for flight racing series

The Australian company Alauda has now presented the eVTOL, the Airspeeder Mk3, which will compete in the first season of the planned racing series with electrically powered flying cars. The e-flying cars, which are to compete in races at speeds of more than 120 km/h, will initially be controlled remotely by pilots on site.

DS Automobiles will remain in Formula E until 2026

DS Automobiles will remain in Formula E until 2026

DS Automobiles has extended its commitment to Formula E ahead of schedule until at least 2026, becoming the second manufacturer after Mahindra to commit to participating in the electric racing series' Gen3 era from season nine.

Bosch to build Formula E drives for Dragon

Bosch to build Formula E drives for Dragon

Bosch Motorsport and the Formula E team Dragon Penske Autosport have agreed on a long-term technology and development partnership. As part of the partnership, Bosch is developing a vehicle management system with hardware and software modules that is specially tailored to the requirements of the Formula E car.

Brusa and STARD develop e-drive for motorsport

Brusa and STARD develop e-drive for motorsport

Brusa Elektronik, the Swiss specialist in EV powertrain and power electronics, and Austrian EV motorsport specialist STARD have signed an agreement to jointly develop and market e-drives for motorsport.

Nissan extends Formula E commitment until 2026

Nissan extends Formula E commitment until 2026

Japanese carmaker Nissan has extended its commitment to the electric racing series Formula E up to and including the 2025/2026 season, making it the third manufacturer after DS Automobiles and Mahindra to field one of the new "Gen3" cars.

Porsche remains faithful to Formula E

Porsche remains faithful to Formula E

Porsche will remain loyal to Formula E in the years to come. When the FIA Formula E World Championship enters a new era from the 2022/23 season with further developed "Gen3" racing cars, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer will be there.

Formula E: tuned electric Mini becomes new safety car

Formula E: tuned electric Mini becomes new safety car

The new safety car for Formula E will once again come from the BMW Group, but this time it will be purely electric. Following the BMW i8 with plug-in hybrid drive, this role will in future be taken on by the Mini Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW - a special version of the new Mini Cooper SE.

Team Rosberg wins first Extreme-E race

Team Rosberg wins first Extreme-E race

Nico Rosberg's team won the first race in the history of the Extreme E electric off-road racing series with the driver pairing of Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor, but the event was marred by two serious accidents.

Audi: Progress with hybrid race car for Dakar Rally

Audi: Progress with hybrid race car for Dakar Rally

Audi has set further important course on the way to the announced debut in the Dakar Rally in January 2022. The design of the prototype for the rally has been largely completed and the first test drives with the hybrid race car are scheduled for the middle of the year.

Formula E: Vergne and Vandoorne win race in Rome

Formula E: Vergne and Vandoorne win race in Rome

The two ePrix on the second weekend of Formula E racing have produced two new winners this season. Saturday's race was won by former champion Jean-Eric Vergne in the DS Techeetah, while on Sunday Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne crossed the finish line in first place.

FIA plans electric GT racing series

FIA plans electric GT racing series

The FIA, the world governing body for the automobile industry, has unveiled plans for the introduction of an all-electric GT category that would offer significantly more freedom for technical development than previous electric racing series. However, it is still only a concept, and no date has been given for a launch.

Mercedes and BMW win Formula E race in Valencia

Mercedes and BMW win Formula E race in Valencia

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries and BMW driver Jake Dennis have won the two Formula E races in Valencia. Saturday's race with the Mercedes victory in particular caused discussion: only nine of the 24 cars were classified in the end as many drivers ran out of energy.

Audi returns to Le Mans with hybrid sports car

Audi returns to Le Mans with hybrid sports car

It had already been foreshadowed: Audi wants to enter a hybrid sports car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans again in the 2023 season, but unlike Toyota or Peugeot, for example, the Ingolstadt-based company will not build a hypercar in accordance with the Le Mans rules.

Pure ETCR race series to become FIA World Cup in 2022

Pure ETCR race series to become FIA World Cup in 2022

The Pure ETCR electric touring car series will officially become an FIA World Cup from its second season and will then be called the FIA eTouring Car World Cup. The 2021 season, which starts in June, will still be held under the old name.

Antonio Felix da Costa wins Formula E race in Monaco

Antonio Felix da Costa wins Formula E race in Monaco

Current Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa secured his first win of the season at the seventh race of the electric series in Monaco. The Portuguese won ahead of Virgin driver Robin Frijns and Mitch Evans in the Jaguar.

Rosberg X Racing wins second round of Extreme E as well

Rosberg X Racing wins second round of Extreme E as well

Nico Rosberg's team also won the second race of the electric off-road racing series Extreme E. After the team managed to win the opening race in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, at the beginning of April, Rosberg X Racing also retained the upper hand at the Ocean X-Prix.

Skoda develops e-rally car with partners

Skoda develops e-rally car with partners

Skoda, Kreisel Electric and Baumschlager Rally & Racing are jointly developing the all-electric Skoda RE-X1 Kreisel rally car, with its debut in the Austrian Rally Championship scheduled for July this year.

Peugeot unveils hybrid race car for Le Mans return

Peugeot unveils hybrid race car for Le Mans return

The French carmaker has unveiled the Peugeot 9X8 hypercar, a hybrid race car that the French hope will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship WEC from 2022.

Günther and Bird win Formula E double-header in New York

Günther and Bird win Formula E double-header in New York

BMW driver Maximilian Günther and Jaguar driver Sam Bird won rounds 10 and 11 of the Formula E season, while Porsche and Audi also scored points and the Mercedes EQ factory team came away empty-handed in New York.

Audi Sport unveils hybrid race car for Dakar Rally

Audi Sport unveils hybrid race car for Dakar Rally

Audi Sport now presents the RS Q e-tron, the hybrid race car with which the manufacturer will compete in the Dakar Rally in January 2022. The powertrain of the Audi RS Q e-tron is electric and comes from the current Formula E race car Audi e-tron FE07.

JLR commits to involvement in Formula E

JLR commits to involvement in Formula E

Jaguar Land Rover officially announces the long-term continuation of its Formula E commitment. When the technologically refreshed Generation 3 cars make their debut at the start of the 2022/23 season, Jaguar Racing will once again be represented by two electric racers.

Mercedes driver de Vries takes the lead in Formula E

Mercedes driver de Vries takes the lead in Formula E

After Rounds 12 and 13 of the season in London, Mercedes-EQ driver Nyck de Vries has taken the lead in the Formula E World Championship, with two second places enough for the Dutchman, with Jake Dennis in the BMW and Alex Lynn in the Mahindra winning the races.

MotoE: BMW to provide an all-electric safety car in future

MotoE: BMW to provide an all-electric safety car in future

BMW will unveil the new BMW i4 M50 Safety Car for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on August 15, having previously used a BMW i8 as the Safety Car for the MotoE.

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries is Formula E world champion

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries is Formula E world champion

In its first season as an official FIA World Championship, Mercedes-EQ driver Nyck de Vries won the title. The Stuttgart manufacturer also became world champion in the team classification at the finale in Berlin, but the future of the Mercedes works team is probably uncertain.

Mercedes pulls out of Formula E

Mercedes pulls out of Formula E

Mercedes has officially confirmed its exit from Formula E after next season, saying the decision was made as part of a strategic realignment of resource allocation for electric vehicle development.

Porsche shows e-racing car for customer motorsport

Porsche shows e-racing car for customer motorsport

Porsche presented its vision of purely electric customer motorsport at the IAA Mobility with the Mission R study. The concept car is intended to be more than just a design study - a rolling chassis is already being tested.

Cupra dominates Pure ETCR electric touring car series

Cupra dominates Pure ETCR electric touring car series

Cupra driver Matthias Ekström has secured the drivers' title in the inaugural season of the Pure ETCR electric touring car series after five race weekends. Cupra also emerged victorious in the manufacturers' classification.

Rosberg X Racing is the first Extreme E champion

Rosberg X Racing is the first Extreme E champion

Molly Taylor, Johan Kristoffersson and former Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg's Team Rosberg X Racing are the first champions in the history of the electric SUV racing series Extreme E. The championship leaders beat Lewis Hamilton's Team X44 in an extremely close final.

World Champion Nyck de Vries wins Formula E opener in Saudi Arabia

World Champion Nyck de Vries wins Formula E opener in Saudi Arabia

The new Formula E season in Saudi Arabia began with a one-two for Team Mercedes-EQ with Nyck de Vries in first place. The second race in Diriyah was won by Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) in a Mercedes customer car.

Formula E: Porsche celebrates double victory in Mexico

Formula E: Porsche celebrates double victory in Mexico

Porsche won its first race since joining the factory two years ago at the third Formula E round of the season in Mexico City - it was the first victory for a Porsche Formula race car in more than 30 years. Pascal Wehrlein won for teammate André Lotterer and two-time champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

Extreme E announces hydrogen racing series

Extreme E announces hydrogen racing series

The battery-electric off-road racing series Extreme E has announced plans for a spin-off with hydrogen vehicles at the start of its second season, with the Extreme H off-road series set to launch in 2024. Incidentally, last year's champions Rosberg-X-Racing won the season opener in 2022.

Changes to the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup

Changes to the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup

For the second season, the organisers have announced some changes for the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup. For the season starting in May 2022, there will be some improvements in detail and a much more international orientation of the e-race series.

Formula E in Berlin: Edoardo Mortara and Nyck de Vries each win a race

Formula E in Berlin: Edoardo Mortara and Nyck de Vries each win a race

Last weekend, Formula E made another guest appearance in Berlin. While Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara won Saturday's race, Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries was victorious on Sunday. Formula E will also be racing in Berlin in the next two years.

McLaren relies on Formula E powertrains from Nissan

McLaren relies on Formula E powertrains from Nissan

Following McLaren Racing's recent announcement of its entry into Formula E for the upcoming season, McLaren Racing has now entered into a long-term partnership with Nissan, which will see Nissan supply the e-drives for the entire Gen3 era of Formula E to the British team.