August 5, 2021

McLaren Formula E and WEC programmes “remain under review”

In January, the Woking outfit signed an agreement with Formula E that guarantees it a slot on the grid for the advent of the Gen3 rules in 2022-23 should it decide to enter.While McLaren Racing chief executive officer Zak Brown met with championship bosses at the season-opening event in Saudi Arabia in February, its prospective entry has fallen quiet.This comes despite McLaren’s …Keep reading …

BMW considering LMDh, Electric GT as post-Formula E options

Markus Flasch, who is now in charge of BMW Motorsport as boss of the marque’s sporting M brand, has revealed that both the LMDh prototype category and the new-for-2023 eGT series are on its radar.Flasch stressed that no decisions have been made, but he strongly suggested that BMW will have a factory involvement in motorsport in addition to its customer-led programmes in GT3, GT4 and with its …Keep reading …

Jani not upset by FE exit, relishing WEC return chance

The one-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner endured a bruising 2019/20 season in the all-electric series as one of Porsche’s two drivers alongside former WEC teammate Andre Lotterer, managing only one points finish.That result – a sixth place – came in the penultimate race of a disjointed, coronavirus-impacted campaign in Berlin, and after the decision had been taken by Porsche to drop Jani in …Keep reading …

Marquardt steps down from BMW Motorsport

This could prelude to a major overhaul within BMW that could see all its factory and customer racing programmes being transferred under its the high-performance M division.This echoes Renault’s move to rebrand its Formula 1 team as Alpine – and return to the Le Mans 24 Hours under the same brand – and Mercedes’ decision to ramp up the involvement of its AMG division in F1.BMW currently …Keep reading …

Cassidy replaces Bird at Virgin FE team for 2020/21

Cassidy, 25, will join Robin Frijns in the Audi customer team’s line-up when the seventh season of the all-electric championship commences next January as part of what is being described as a multi-year agreement.The New Zealander, who has primarily raced for Toyota in Japan since 2016, made his first outing in FE machinery earlier this year during the rookie test in Marrakesh and turned …Keep reading …

Nissan appoints Infiniti chief as motorsport director

Volpe is currently the motorsport and performance projects director at sister brand Infiniti, and he will retain these roles in addition to leading the Nissan racing division.Carcamo has held his role since 2015, including as the marque made its FE debut in 2018 after it bought a stake in e.dams, which had run Renault to the first three teams’ titles.He is moving to Japan as part of a …Keep reading …