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Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02 during the Berlin E-Prix II at Berlin Tempelhof Airport on Sunday August 15, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Next year this team will become part of McLaren Racing.
Enlarge / Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02 throughout the Berlin E-Prix II at Berlin Tempelhof Airport on Sunday August 15, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Subsequent yr this staff will turn into a part of McLaren Racing.

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McLaren Racing is ready to enter System E subsequent season. The storied System 1 staff has been identified to be contemplating increasing into the electrical single-seater sequence to alongside different new actions like Extreme E and IndyCar, however on Saturday morning the information turned official.

“McLaren Racing at all times seeks to compete towards one of the best and on the vanguard of know-how, offering our followers, companions and folks with new methods to be excited, entertained and impressed,” mentioned Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO.

“System E, like all our racing sequence, fulfils all these standards. As with all types of the game we take part in, System E has racing on the centre however can be strategically, commercially and technically additive to McLaren Racing total. I firmly imagine that System E will give McLaren Racing a aggressive benefit by means of higher understanding of EV racing, whereas offering a degree of distinction to our followers, companions and folks, and persevering with to drive us alongside our sustainability pathway,” Brown mentioned.

The announcement additionally clears up the query mark that is been hanging over the season 7 championship-winning Mercedes-EQ staff. Whereas System E has attracted a number of OEMs to its playground over the previous eight years, fairly a couple of of them have solely caught round for a couple of seasons, leaving partially as a result of restricted alternatives for know-how switch from the racetrack to road-going electrical autos.

That was said purpose for Stuttgart to tug the plug on Mercedes-EQ, which mentioned it needed to focus its efforts on F1 when announcing the plan to quit final August. However as a substitute of shutting down, Mclaren Racing will take over the operation, which relies in Brackley, England, alongside the Mercedes-AMG F1 staff.

“At this time’s announcement confirms the following thrilling chapter within the improvement of the staff,” mentioned Mercedes-EQ staff principal Ian James, who will keep on in his management position.

“Since our inception in 2019, efficiency, sustainability and flexibility have been the keys to our success. Changing into a part of the McLaren Racing household is a privilege: McLaren has at all times been synonymous with success and high-performance. It is a nice second for all events concerned however, above all, for the people who make up this staff. They’re what retains its coronary heart beating. Having the ability to proceed working with them is what I’m most enthusiastic about. I am very a lot trying ahead for this subsequent chapter for the staff and can be a proud member of it in Season 9. Till then, we can be targeted on delivering one of the best outcomes doable because the Mercedes-EQ System E Crew, for the rest of the present season,” James mentioned.

Technical improvement stays restricted for next season’s Gen3 car, which can be a lot sooner than the machine it replaces. However different sequence that McLaren is concerned in—like IndyCar—additionally characteristic restricted know-how improvement in favor of shut, entertaining racing, so there’s purpose to count on McLaren to stay round for some time.

One factor it will not be doing is making its personal powertrain; as in System 1 and IndyCar, that may come from an outdoor provider, though McLaren is but to make something public in that regard.

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