McLaren, a company synonymous with Formula 1 and awesome supercars, has thrown its hat into the electric Formula E racing ring. The British outfit has signed on to build the transmissions, electronics, and motors for the EV racing league s cars when the season starts in 2014.
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," said Martin Whitmarsh," CEO McLaren Group and Team Principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.
Fr d ric Vasseur, a Frenchman who founded Spark Racing Technology (not to be confused with Chrysler s gonzo SRT division), will lead the consortium developing the league s racing technology. McLaren also is aboard, and easily the biggest name in the game. SRT has an order of 42 cars from Formula E Holdings (FEH), which secured the commercial rights to the championship.