After successfully supplying the E-Motor and Motor Control Unit, (which derive originally from the electric powertrain used in the McLaren P1 hypercar) to all Formula E teams, McLaren Applied was best placed to deliver the next generation of Formula E cars.
In September 2016, the FIA announced McLaren Applied as the sole supplier of batteries to Formula E from 2018.
For the first time, from Season 5, the Gen2 Formula E car was able to complete a full race distance without drivers needing to change cars half way through the race. This is because our battery, almost doubled the amount of usable energy to 54 kWh.
Gen2 Formula E cars are powered by McLaren Applied batteries which have been developed and manufactured in association with our battery partner.
The power output from the battery is 200 kW for the race and reaches a peak of up to 250 kW for qualifying.
"We’re delighted McLaren has been chosen by the FIA to be the sole supplier of batteries to Formula E from 2018 to 2020," said Rodi Basso, Motorsport Director at McLaren Applied. "Our new battery will almost double the energy storage, eliminating the need for drivers to swap cars during a race."
In addition to providing a global showcase for our sustainable technologies, supplying the Formula E battery provides another example of McLaren Applied’ vision to work closely with series partners to help make the fan experience quicker and slicker.