Indianapolis-based Andretti Autosport have been concerned in Method E for the reason that begin, all the way in which again in 2014. The workforce has been working below the BMW i Andretti Motorsport banner for the reason that workforce joined forces with the Bavarian model with the brand new second-gen chassis in 2018. Whereas BMW formally exits the game on the finish of this season, Andretti will proceed on with BMW energy till the tip of subsequent season—season eight—forward of the swap to Gen 3 for season 9. As soon as that provide contract is exhausted, Michael Andretti stays dedicated to the game and assured the workforce will discover one other OEM associate for FE.
Whereas the workforce couldn’t discover victory lane on their very own, it has received six e-Prix since receiving BMW energy. Teammates Maximillian Gunther and Jake Dennis are sitting in 14th and fifteenth respectively within the championship in the intervening time, tied on 54 factors every. BMW i Andretti is at present sixth within the groups’ championship.
Workforce boss Roger Griffiths was fast to notice that the workforce wouldn’t be growing its personal Gen 3 powertrain to exchange BMW’s provide. Andretti tried that when earlier than, again in 2015 in preparation for season two. That ATEC-01 powertrain by no means truly made it to race day, as a result of it proved extraordinarily cantankerous in pre-season testing. The workforce in the end resorted to the standardized Renault-branded powertrain for the rest of its time within the Gen 1 chassis. Andretti constructed a three-speed ATEC-02 design for season three, which proved dependable, however not quick, and an ATEC-03 for season 4, which was even slower.
Michael Andretti told Autosport, “I positively be ok with [BMW powertrains in 2022]. However I wish to make a degree. I hear rumors that we’re not going to be right here. We’re 100% dedicated to Gen3 and all that going ahead. We’re right here to remain.”
When requested to debate the prospect of future OEMs becoming a member of the Andretti operation, Michael admitted he’d choose to stay with a road-going model quite than an engineering agency like ZF or Bosch. “We’re engaged on it with a few producers, and hopefully we are able to get one thing completed. We’re wanting extra at an OEM. There’s much more on the advertising and marketing facet, which may assist.”
There have been rumors going across the paddock that the workforce would work with McLaren for the next-generation powertrain. Regardless of Andretti already being tied with McLaren boss Zak Brown in Excessive E and Australian Supercars efforts together with his United Autosport concern, these Macca rumors appear to be dying on the vine. McLaren, in the meantime, has introduced its personal Excessive E effort for subsequent season, and Brown himself has commented that Method E doesn’t appear to be economically viable and not using a price cap.
Regardless of the departure of BMW and Audi, there may be nonetheless a brilliant future for Method E, because it hopes to draw much more producers, sponsors, and followers with the a lot quicker and extra highly effective Gen 3 chassis debuting on the finish of subsequent yr. I’m blissful Andretti will stick round, and hope that the workforce continues to enhance even past subsequent season. Good racing amongst well-known groups is at all times welcome on this planet, and we want extra of it.