Lola Cars and Yamaha Motor Company Join Forces for Formula E Return: Technical Partnership Set to Revolutionize Motorsport Sustainability

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

Yamaha Motor Company and Lola Cars have announced a multi-year technical partnership to bring the iconic motorsport brand back to global competition in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. As a manufacturer from Season 11, Lola will work with Yamaha to develop and supply a powertrain for the world’s first all-electric, single-seater race series starting from the 2024/25 season.

Lola Cars’ Motorsport Director, Mark Preston, expressed excitement about the entry into Formula E, highlighting the opportunity to not only bring Lola back to the track but also to 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 the research and development of technologies that promote sustainability. Maruyama expressed hope that this partnership with Lola in Formula E would help them gain advanced energy management technologies through the pinnacle of electric racing. Maruyama also noted alignment with Lola’s philosophy of sustainable motorsport and expressed their excitement and honor to establish this partnership.

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