am Sunday was in a box mercedes Celebrate vigorously. Nick de Vries became the first Formula E world champion. Along with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, the 26-year-old Dutchman also won the Mercedes-EQ Team Racing title. This means that the team surrounding motorsports director Toto Wolff has already achieved in its second season what the F1 team needs five years for. Since 2014, however, silver stocks have dominated the First Class, especially with Lewis Hamilton in the cockpit. “We can be very proud of our successes in Formula E, especially the fact that we won the World Championship double, which is a historic achievement in the history of Mercedes-Benz motorsport,” says Wolff.
That was kind of the last word for the episode. Because there will never be a similar success story to the racing electrical department. Just three days after winning the final in Berlin, the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer announced, on Wednesday, unexpectedly, that it will leave Formula E after the 2022 electrification season “wanting to redistribute.
It is claimed that the Formula 1 season cost 30 million euros. The group announced a month ago that the entire range of vehicles should be fully electric before the end of this decade, if conditions in different markets permit. For this, three new electrical architectures must be developed, which will be introduced in 2025. The resources and knowledge gathered in Formula E must therefore be implemented in product development for the series.
Costs should not explode
After Audi and BMW, which ran its last Formula E race last Sunday, the electric series lost another charismatic factory. “It hurts us that they are gone, but we were happy to have them there, and they were great partners. There are leagues with fewer manufacturers,” Formula E President Jimmy Riggle said in a video interview with FAZ.
In Formula 1, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and until the end of the year Honda were found as engine suppliers. However, the Canadian seems to have understood that he must act. Costs should not continue to explode. As in Formula 1, a budget cap must be introduced in Formula E. Although all teams share the same structure and batteries You need to use, the development of the drive train, which consists of engines, gearboxes, converters and rear suspension, is free.
Unlike Formula 1, where a new monoposto is introduced every year, in Formula E so far only new vehicles and technologies are introduced every four years. The next step is planned for the 2023 season. Output is set to rise by 100 kW to 350 (476 hp) in qualifying, after which 300 kW (408 hp) can be used in racing. Batteries are charged while fast charging is off. In addition, racing cars should be able to restore 600 kW instead of the previous 250 kW via a standard system on the front axle. All this involves huge expenses that Mercedes is not ready to incur.
It remains to be seen what the Formula E commitment will bring to the company. “The value of marketing and technology transfer must go hand in hand.” wolf Once announced. But while the learning effect was certainly noticeable, the enthusiasm of fans did not live up to expectations.
“More potential in Formula 1”
So BMW came to the conclusion at the end of last year: “We don’t just want to deliver technology, we want to reach our fans and community and have a lasting impact on our brand,” Motorsports Director Markus Flash said after leaving. Formula E commitment is not working. A warm note: Last weekend, BMW was once again the main sponsor of the race in Berlin for its farewell party.
Mercedes’ exit from Formula E next August is not intended to be the beginning of the group’s withdrawal from motorsports be understood. “Going forward, we will lead technological advancements – especially with regard to electric motors – with a focus on Formula 1,” declared Marcus Schaefer, Head of Research. “Formula 1 offers great potential for technology transfer.” However, with a hybrid drive concept for the foreseeable future.
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