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