Lola Cars and Yamaha Motor Company Join Forces for Formula E comeback: A Focus on Technology and Sustainable Racing

Lola Cars partners with Yamaha for ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

Lola Cars is set to make a comeback to global motorsport with Yamaha Motor Company in a multi-year technical partnership. The iconic brand, with over 500 championship wins, will enter the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as a manufacturer from Season 11, working with Yamaha to develop and supply a powertrain for the world’s first all-electric single-seater race series.

Mark Preston, Motorsport Director of Lola Cars Ltd, expressed his excitement about the entry into Formula E. He highlighted the opportunity to not only bring Lola back to the track but also focus on technological development. Preston emphasized Lola’s history of success in chassis and aerodynamic design, noting that this project will allow them to create a unique electrified platform with a software focus at its core.

Till Bechtolsheimer, Chairman of Lola Cars Ltd, shared his enthusiasm about partnering with Yamaha Motor Company for their entry into Formula E. He underscored the significance of being selected by such an innovative OEM for a project of this magnitude, pointing to the quality of the team that Lola has assembled. Bechtolsheimer highlighted the focus on technological development in the partnership, with an eye towards leveraging the highly efficient 350 kW electric powertrain in Formula E for future applications across various top-tier international motorsport events.

Heiji Maruyama, Managing Executive Officer and Director of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., emphasized Yamaha’s commitment to accelerating research and development technologies that promote sustainability. Maruyama expressed his hope that the partnership with Lola in Formula E would help them gain advanced energy management technologies through the pinnacle of electric racing. Maruyama also noted the alignment with Lola’s philosophy of sustainable motorsport, stating their excitement and honor to establish this partnership.

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