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SBD Global/September 5, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

McLaren Could Join Formula E Series In The Future

McLaren F1 Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh revealed that "his team is keen to be involved in a new global electric motor racing series set to start in '14 and could even enter a team at some stage," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Whitmarsh said, "I think there's quite a lot of interest...it's something that McLaren would be delighted to be involved with, so we're obviously looking at it at the moment. Who knows, we might pop up in it." McLaren is "far more than just an F1 team these days," having diversified into a range of applied technologies and manufacturing its own sports car at its headquarters in Woking, England. It is also the official suppliers of electronic control units to F1 and NASCAR and has developed a 120KW E-Motor for hybrid and electronic vehicles. Asked whether McLaren might consider entering a team in the series, Whitmarsh replied: "At some point, yes. But that's not at the moment. We are looking at the technology challenge and how we can contribute there. But I think the sport has to evolve and change and I personally think they are good technical challenges, and those are the things McLaren enjoys and flourishes at" (REUTERS, 9/4).
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