Lola Cars commits to Formula E Gen4

Lola Cars commits to Formula E Gen4

Lola Cars has confirmed its entry in Formula E next season after launching a program that will extend to Gen4 which gets underway in 2026.

Lola Cars has become the fourth manufacturer to commit to Formula E Gen4, with the iconic British company set to return to motorsport in the next season of the all-electric series.

This is a significant vote of confidence from a brand that is yet to even race in the series. Lola and Yamaha are set to partner with Abt from the start of next season, but the brand has seen enough to commit long term.

However, there is no similar statement from Yamaha as of yet, so it is unclear whether Lola’s powertrain partner will continue to be the Japanese manufacturer moving forward.

Three other major manufacturers—Nissan, Porsche, and Jaguar—have also committed to the Gen4 era alongside Lola. Their participation promises electric racing fans even more excitement and competitive racing for years to come as the championship continues to grow and expand globally.

Formula E’s next-generation Gen4 technology will be introduced in Season 13 (2026/27), and includes unparalleled advancements in efficiency, performance and safety.

Aligned with Lola’s goals to further develop sustainable mobility technology, advanced features like all-wheel drive and increased efficiency will provide a new technical challenge for the British manufacturer on an already competitive grid that includes some of the industry’s leading OEMs and teams.

“We are excited to be confirming our commitment to Gen4,” Mark Preston, Motorsport Director, Lola Cars said. “Formula E is an ideal platform for powertrain and software development that we can use for broader motorsport and automotive applications.

“We feel the opportunity for innovation in this series will only increase as the performance of the cars and technology develops, giving greater scope to develop innovative technologies across global motorsport and in the broader zero emissions transportation space.”

Lola’s commitment to Formula E is the first of many exciting projects to come, as the iconic British company re-establishes itself as an industry leader in sustainable engineering and motorsport.

With their focus on electrification, hydrogen and sustainable fuels, its commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship starting next year for Season 11 will act as a stepping stone to further innovate in these key areas.

“With their historic return to top-tier motorsport for Season 11 next year, we’re delighted that Lola Cars will also be committing to the Gen4 era – promising their presence will be on the Formula E grid until at least 2030,” Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds said.

“Their trust in our series for their latest venture into electrification and innovation is testament to our ability to attract the biggest names in motorsport, as well as our joint ambition to continue to grow this championship.

“It’s a huge privilege for us, and we can’t wait to see what they can do next year when the famous Lola marque hits the track for the first time.”

While specific technical details for the Gen4 era are yet to be revealed by the FIA and Formula E, it is confirmed that the cars will feature 600kW of power, up from GEN3’s 350kW, and 700kW regenerative braking, compared to the current 600kW—a significant increase.

This commitment demonstrates the shared goals of Formula E, the FIA and Lola Cars in progressing electric mobility, as well as their dedication to innovation and sustainability.

Meanwhile, Formula E has just two rounds and four races left in its 2024 season, with the next event taking place at Portland International Raceway in the United States from 29th to 30th June.

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