Race debut for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team: The dawn of a new era.  

Race debut for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team: The dawn of a new era.  

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team embarked on their first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the Diriyah E-Prix. Formula E is more than exciting motorsport. Within a very short space of time, the electric racing series has become established as a pioneer with regard to technological innovation, sustainability and electromobility. Racing takes place on specially designed street circuits in the centres of major cities. In this way, the race is brought directly to spectators – and not the other way around. For the automotive industry, the electric racing series represents a huge testing ground, and for Mercedes-Benz in particular, it is an opportunity to showcase the performance of its battery-electric powertrains in motorsport and to enhance the EQ brand. The action-packed races and event character directly address and involve spectators and at the same time, encourage future generations to live in a sustainable manner. In this Mercedes-Benz is the only car maker involved in both Formula 1 and Formula E. Is that a contradiction? Not for the brand with the three-pointed star, because the company does not see Formula 1 and Formula E as rivals but rather on the contrary, the two race series should go hand in hand, developing synergies with one another. And so, in Formula E, the project builds on experience gained by Mercedes-Benz over the past couple of decades in Formula 1. The perfect example of this is the power unit of the Formula E car which, just like the hybrid power unit used in F1, was developed at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP). In this area, a wealth of knowledge and expertise from Formula 1 can be transferred to the Formula E project.