Yamaha and Lola To Join Formula E Racing League

Nigel Dixon-Fyle

Yamaha is teaming up with the rejuvenated racing company, Lola, to make a splash in the upcoming Formula E season. With a history of success in various motorsports but a decade-long hiatus, Lola is set to re-enter the racing world with Yamaha as its technical partner in the electrified racing league.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

Lola, a name once synonymous with racing excellence, is back after a 10-year gap, now with a focus on electric motorsport technology. Their choice of the Formula E championship for their comeback, in collaboration with Yamaha, signifies a major step towards sustainable racing. The series is known for its electric single-seaters, which will soon receive updates including new bodywork and improved tires. Lola and Yamaha’s venture into Formula E is poised around developing a 350 kW electric powertrain, highlighting the growing importance of software in modern racing.

Photo: Yamaha

A Partnership Built on Innovation

Lola’s rich history in chassis and aerodynamic design complements Yamaha’s expertise in electric motor development, creating a formidable team. The partnership, more than 18 months in the making, has been a blend of simulation work and hands-on technical development. Yamaha, eager to delve deeper into control systems and energy management, finds Lola’s software knowledge particularly appealing, marking a significant step in both companies’ journey towards mastering electric racing technologies.

Yahama-Lola partnership can innovate on an already advanced racing platform. credit: SCMP

Beyond immediate Formula E ambitions, Lola is eyeing a broader horizon that includes hydrogen technology and sustainable fuels, aligning with the global push for greener motorsport solutions. Their entry into Formula E, however, won’t increase the number of cars on the grid but will see them taking over an existing slot, signaling a strategic approach to their motorsport return.

TF Summary: What’s Next

The collaboration between Yamaha and Lola marks a new chapter in the evolution of Formula E and motorsport at large. Their entry is not just a return to racing for Lola but a statement on the potential of electric powertrains and the pivotal role of software in enhancing performance and efficiency. As the duo prepares for their debut season, the racing world watches closely, anticipating the innovations and advancements they will bring to the electrifying arena of Formula E. This partnership not only signifies a leap forward in sustainable racing but also sets the stage for future technological breakthroughs in the sport.

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By Nigel Dixon-Fyle "Automotive Enthusiast"
Nigel Dixon-Fyle is an Editor-at-Large for TechFyle. His background in engineering, telecommunications, consulting and product development inspired him to launch TechFyle (TF). Nigel implemented technologies that support business practices across a variety of industries and verticals. He enjoys the convergence of technology and anything – autos, phones, computers, or day-to-day services. However, Nigel also recognizes not everything is good in absolutes. Technology has its pros and cons. TF supports this exploration and nuance.
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