Mercedes-Benz announced on August 18 that it would end its success story in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as a participant and manufacturer at the end of Season 8 in August 2022.
Since HWA Racelab first went to the racetrack in season 5 and thus laid the foundation for Mercedes’ Formula E entry, the goal has been to develop the team so that it represents the benchmark in every area. Stoffel Vandoorne achieved the first Mercedes victory in Formula E in the finale of season 6. This was followed by a strong start to season 7, in which the team was already fighting for the world championship in only its second year of participation. This culminated last weekend in Berlin with winning the ABB FIA Formula E driver and team world championships, making Nyck de Vries and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team the first fully electric world champions in motorsport.
Fully electric by the end of the decade
As part of the new strategic direction, the brand made a conscious decision to reallocate resources in favor of this faster ramp-up of electrification. This also includes the development of three new electrical architectures, which are to be introduced in 2025. For this reason, Mercedes is redistributing its resources from the program in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in order to implement the knowledge gained there in product development for the series.
In the future, the company will concentrate its factory involvement in racing on Formula 1. With this, the company is reaffirming Formula 1’s status as the fastest development laboratory and as a test bench for sustainable and scalable future performance technologies.
These findings will be brought to life in upcoming product architectures such as the AMG.EA platform and projects such as the Vision EQXX. AMG.EA is an electric platform specially designed for top performance, which will be introduced in 2025.
While Mercedes-Benz is leaving Formula E at the end of Season 8, the team management has started to examine the options for continuing the team’s involvement in the series in the coming Gen 3 era, including a potential sale to new owners.