The Formula E series is a relative newcomer to the motorsport world, but it’s quickly gaining traction. Numerous automakers have announced their intentions to run factory-backed teams, while a handful of independent teams have earned serious interest.
But General Motors has remained silent on future Formula E prospects despite its major electrification push. Meanwhile, crosstown rival Ford may potentially enter the series as early as this season, according to Ford Authority. We think it’s a no-brainer for GM to get involved in Formula E.
And the automaker has two brands that would make excellent candidates: Chevrolet and Cadillac. Both have a long history in motorsport and both brands will certainly be at the helm of GM’s electrification strategy. The automaker plans for 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 and Cadillac will get a large portion of said vehicles.
What better way to show that GM is all in on electrification than by showing up at a motorsport dedicated to electric cars?
The fact GM hasn’t jumped in yet may be due to a handful of factors. Foremost, the series only allows for 12 teams total, and every slot is filled. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz filled the 11th and 12th slots last year with their factory-team announcements. But, Dragon Racing and Virgin Racing, two independent teams, still have room for automaker partnerships. This is the route Ford would have to take if it’s serious about Formula E. However, GM may not be interested.
GM also already runs numerous motorsport programs with Chevrolet and Cadillac, though Cadillac did end its Pirelli World Challenge campaign last year.
We think it’d be excellent to see Chevrolet or Cadillac duke it out with other automakers in Formula E, but only time will tell if the all-electric motorsport has GM’s attention.