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BMW to quit Formula E after 2020-21 season

The German manufacturer made the announcement one day after completing pre-season testing ahead of the new season, where Maximilian Guenther topped the test for BMW Andretti on the final day in Valencia.In a brief statement, BMW confirmed it will withdraw from the series at the end of the upcoming season having “essentially exhausted the opportunities”...

Motorsport.com survey: F1 fans want sustainability and diversity

We like to hear the fans’ voices on the key topics in Formula 1 and in our latest survey, of Motorsport.com and Autosport.com audiences globally we got some fascinating answers.So for the latest #ThinkingForward we convened a round table with three key thinkers on motorsport business and strategy to go through them. The full analysis is in the accompanying...

Gunther quickest on final day of Valencia Formula E test

The BMW Andretti driver clocked a late 1m11.760s flying lap at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo to keep Sergio Sette Camara at bay by just 0.036s on an impressive day for Dragon Penske Autosport.In the warmest conditions of the three-day test, the top nine drivers all broke under the 1m12s barrier as teams switched to faster qualifying lap simulation runs.However,...

Di Grassi wants to stay in Formula E after Audi exit

The German manufacturer announced on Monday it would withdraw the factory team from FE at the end of the 2020/21 season in favour of a Dakar Rally programme. It will also return to top-flight sportscar racing via the forthcoming LMDh regulations that from 2023 will run across both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship....

Abt to sit out 2021 after turning down Formula E drive

Abt was infamously dropped by Audi mid-season after he was caught using an imposter during an official Formula E Race At Home Challenge Esports event in June.It marked the end of a stint which began with what was then known as the Abt Schaeffler team in the maiden season of Formula E in 2014/15, and continued when Audi turned the outfit into a full-factory...

Audi set to quit Formula E, start LMDh project

The move raises the prospect of Audi returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours, where it picked up 13 outright wins between 2000 and 2014 before axing its LMP1 project after the 2016 race following the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal.However, the new LMDh rules that will make their debut in 2022 in FIA World Endurance Championship and the following year in the...

Mahindra becomes first team to commit to Formula E's Gen3 rules

The Gen3 rules will run until 2025 and are due to come into play for the 2022-23 season, boosting the cars by 100kW up to a qualifying output of 350kW – equivalent to 470bhp.  A 120kg weight saving is targeted with the introduction of a new battery, which will have a reduced capacity but pave the way for 30-second pistops to return with 600kW rapid...

Formula E, Mahindra working to secure a race in India

Mahindra (India) and Nissan (Japan) are the only manufacturer teams currently competing in FE that do not have an event in the car maker’s home nation on the 2020-21 calendar. Audi, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes have the Berlin E-Prix; the Sanya race in China is expected to be confirmed early next year in support of NIO, while Jaguar is served by the two...

Lynn puts Mahindra on top on Day 2 of Formula E testing

The Briton posted his fastest lap after the chequered flag had been waved for the three-hour run at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia to set the best time of the day. His 1min11.941sec effort eclipsed the FE circuit record set in the morning session by reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa by just 0.007s. Lynn’s late advances pushed BMW Andretti...

Da Costa tops second morning at Valencia FE test

For the opening three-hour stint, which precedes a practice race on Sunday afternoon, teams frequently ran their cars in formation to create a slipstream.This tactic was used extensively by teams’ title-winner DS Techeetah in qualifying during the six-race Berlin final last year and again on the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo...

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