McLaren ‘looking at ways to get more involved in Formula E’

by Scott Douglas

Zak Brown has said that McLaren are looking at ways to increase their involvement in Formula E.

The organisation’s boss said he was exploring options including creating their own team and developing their own powertrain.

It comes after McLaren Applied Technologies won the contract to supply the control batteries for the all-electric series from 2018/19 onwards.

Now Brown is saying that they are capable of going beyond battery technology, and are willing to explore having their own team.

Speaking to, he said “It’s great that we’re able to demonstrate that we’re taking a leadership role and showing competency.

“We are looking at ways to get more involved in Formula E. Everything is on the table from starting a team, to buying a team, to working with a team, to further developing other areas within Formula E that McLaren apply technology.

“We can go beyond the battery technology.”

McLaren are just the latest manufacturer to declare an interest in getting involved in Formula E.

Mercedes have reserved a slot on the grid for season five, with Jaguar, BMW and DS having recently increased their investment in the series.

It was this interest that Brown thought made the series an interesting prospect for McLaren.

“I think Formula E is going places,” Brown said.

“I think it has its place in motorsport and being the motor racing junkie I am, as long as it’s commercially viable and on brand, the more range the better.”

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