Mercedes-Benz Ltd. has signed an agreement with the FIA Formula E Championship to enter the all-electric series for Season Five.
Formula E planned to extend its grid to 24 cars for the 2018/19 season, with a maximum of two more teams entering the championship.
The sport’s CEO Alejandro Agag told Formula Spy at pre-season testing:
“There are many people we are talking to but if we say who they are they kind of get upset!
“So I cannot reveal who they are, but there are five or six big OEMs that we’re talking to and I think we have a really strong chance of one or two joining soon.”
Season Five sees the sport make the monumental shift to single-car races, the feature that most manufacturers have been waiting for to enter the sport, with BMW set to convert the MS Amlin Andretti team into a full works outfit that season.
“We are delighted to confirm that we have reserved one of our two new entries in Season Five for MGP,” Agag said.
“Formula E wants to become the platform where car manufacturers test and develop the technologies that they will then introduce on their road cars. Having the chance to include in the future a brand like Mercedes our championship would be a major boost to achieve that objective.
“Formula E is becoming an exciting mix of consolidated manufacturers like Renault, Citroen-DS, Audi, Mahindra or Jaguar, and new futuristic brands like Faraday Future, NextEV, or the likes of major component manufacturers like Schaeffler and ZF. Mercedes would be a great addition to that growing line up.”
Going into Season Three, nine of the current ten teams hold manufacturer status, with Techeetah being the only customer team using the Renault powertrain.
Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport Toto Wolff said: “We have been watching the growth of Formula E with great interest. At the current time, we are looking at all the options available in the future of motor racing, and we are very pleased with an agreement that secures us an opportunity to enter the series in Season Five.
“Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry. Racing has always been a technology R&D platform for industry and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future.”