McLaren set to power Formula E racing

McLaren Electronic Systems Limited ( today announced that it will provide the electric engine, transmission and electronics for cars that will participate in the FIA’s exciting new Formula E race series.

McLaren will be a key partner of Spark Racing Technology, which is led by Frédéric Vasseur and is dedicated to the creation and assembly of the electric cars participating in the FIA World Championship Formula E.

McLaren and Spark Racing Technology will work together to design and assemble high performance, highly efficient electric cars which will soon be racing around cities across the globe.

The FIA Formula E Championship will be launched in 2014. It will solely feature electric powered cars, will run exclusively in major international cities and it has all the assets needed to reach a worldwide audience. As well as being an exciting new urban race series, it will facilitate the development of important new electric car technology which could one day feature in mainstream road cars and be of significant benefit to the environment.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO McLaren Group and Team Principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ( {{“I’m a passionate believer in the role that motorsport can play in showcasing and spearheading the development of future technologies}}, and regard the Formula E concept as an exciting innovation for global motorsport. McLaren has worked with Frédéric Vasseur for many years, and our association has been very successful. Working together in Formula E, McLaren’s world-class technology and Spark Racing Technology’s expert knowledge will combine to allow both companies to stay at the forefront of technical innovation and hopefully open up great opportunities for the racing cars of tomorrow.”

Frédéric Vasseur: “I am proud and happy to give birth to this project that is innovative and extremely rewarding for a company both technically and philosophically. Personally, I can write a new chapter, regardless of my other ventures in motorsport. Confidence and commitment from our partner McLaren is a guarantee of quality and reliability without which this project would not have been possible. The association with a globally recognized car manufacturer is definitely the right way to go. Sport and society are evolving and Spark Racing Technology is proud to be the pioneer and leader in the new field of electric cars that will revolutionize the motor racing industry and attitude.”

Whether it be in the construction of the innovative and highly efficient McLaren Technology Centre or the use of lightweight carbon fibre structures in the 12C sports car, McLaren has developed and implemented a range of innovative technologies that improve environmental performance. This commitment to innovation and the environment enabled Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to be the first Formula 1 team to retain the Carbon Trust Standard and to be declared ‘carbon neutral’.

About McLaren Electronics
The inside of a Formula 1 car is one of the most hostile environments in the world. Subject to extremes of heat, vibration, bumps, high-frequency sound waves and the sharp g-forces brought on by acceleration, braking and cornering, it’s a less than ideal location for sophisticated electronic systems. This makes F1 the perfect incubator for such technology.

Founded in 1989 as TAG Electronic Systems, this part of the McLaren Group aims to make the impossible possible: creating cutting-edge control electronics that are robust enough to withstand the harshest treatment.

McLaren Electronics is the official electronic control unit supplier to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship; their systems control the engine, gearbox and chassis of every car on the grid, and provide real-time data analysis and telemetry for all the competing teams. Their range of high-performance sensors generates a rich flow of data which the teams can use to optimise their performance.

Outside F1, McLaren Electronics is the sole engine control unit (ECU) supplier to the IZOD IndyCar® Series, and the official ECU supplier to NASCAR.

An ability to fast-track development and make every product robust has enabled McLaren Electronics to target adjacent markets including high-end automotive, railway, aerospace and defence applications, and placed the company at the forefront of the UK’s drive to become a global leader in high-technology industry.

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