Lola Cars and Yamaha join forces for a high-octane return in Formula E

Lola Cars partners with Yamaha for a groundbreaking entry into Formula E, revolutionising electric racing

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In an exhilarating announcement that marks a new chapter for motorsports, Lola Cars has revealed its grand return to the global racing stage, entering the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

This comeback is powered by a pioneering technical partnership with the Yamaha Motor Company, focusing on the development and supply of high-performance electric powertrains.

A New Era of Sustainable Motorsport

The partnership between Lola Cars and Yamaha is not just a merger of two iconic names in the motorsport world; it’s a bold step into the future of racing, emphasising sustainability and innovation. 

With Lola‘s historic prowess in chassis and aerodynamics and Yamaha‘s cutting-edge technology, this alliance is set to revolutionise the electric racing sphere as they gear up for the 2025 campaign – Season 11.

Lola Cars and Yamaha to join Formula E from 2025 | Formula E
Lola Cars and Yamaha to join Formula E from 2025 | Formula E

Lola Cars, a brand synonymous with over 500 championship victories, is taking this opportunity to redefine itself as a leader in motorsport design and engineering, with a keen eye on sustainable technologies. 

Their focus is firmly on electrification, hydrogen, sustainable fuels, and materials, aiming to pave the way for a greener future in motorsport.

Mark Preston, Motorsport Director at Lola Cars Ltd, expressed his excitement about the venture, highlighting the project’s aim to create a unique electrified platform with a software focus which will serve as a foundation for Lola’s broader ambitions in the future of motorsport technology.  

“We are thrilled to confirm our entry in Formula E. For us, this is more than just an opportunity to return Lola to the track, it’s also a fantastic platform for technological development,” Preston said in a statement. 

“Lola Cars has a decorated history of success in chassis and aerodynamic design. This project will allow us to create a unique electrified platform with a software focus at its core to provide a basis for Lola’s wider plans in defining the future of motorsport technology.”

Lola Cars and Yamaha to join Formula E from 2025 | Formula E
Lola Cars and Yamaha to join Formula E from 2025 | Formula E

Yamaha and Lola: Accelerating Towards Sustainability

Till Bechtolsheimer, Chairman of Lola Cars, shared his enthusiasm about partnering with Yamaha, one of the most innovative OEMs in the world. This collaboration is seen as a testament to the caliber of the team at Lola and their shared vision with Yamaha for a sustainable motorsport future.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with the Yamaha Motor Company as we enter the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,” Bechtolsheimer said. 

“To be selected by one of the most innovative OEMs in the world to partner on a project of this significance is a testament to the caliber of the team that we have been building at Lola.

“The focus of this project is squarely around technological development in which Lola is fully invested. We see the highly efficient 350 kW electric powertrain that underpins the manufacturer’s perimeter in Formula E, as a cornerstone technology with exciting applications across many forms of topflight international motorsport in the coming years.”

Yamaha’s Managing Executive Officer and Director, Heiji Maruyama, echoed this sentiment, emphasising Yamaha’s commitment to advancing technologies that contribute to sustainability. 

He expressed hope that the partnership would lead to the development of more advanced energy management technologies through the high stakes of Formula E racing.

“Yamaha Motor Company is accelerating the research and development of various technologies that contribute to sustainability,” Maruyama stated. 

Lola Cars and Yamaha to join Formula E from 2025 | Formula E
Lola Cars and Yamaha to join Formula E from 2025 | Formula E

“As the technical partner, we hope to acquire more advanced energy management technologies through the highest level of electric racing in Formula E. We also share Lola’s new philosophy of sustainable motorsport and we are very pleased and honoured to form this partnership with them.”

This partnership is a significant milestone for Lola Cars, which has been aiming to re-establish itself as a leader in sustainable engineering and motorsport. Since being acquired in 2022, the company has been working towards this goal from its new global headquarters in Silverstone, UK.

The alliance also continues Lola Cars’ longstanding relationship with Japanese motorsport, building on a history of success and innovation in racing disciplines across the world. 

As Lola Cars and Yamaha prepare to make their mark on the Formula E World Championship, the motorsport community watches with bated breath, anticipating the next generation of electric racing champions.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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