The US American car manufacturer has intensified discussion around entering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, possibly beginning involvement already this year. They may have to enter as a satellite team, but is moving to secure involvement as the manufacturer slots are becoming scarce.
Sources have stated that the manufacturer is planning to eventually reach a factory effort in the all-electric racing championship and will potentially replace its European-based Ford GT program in the FIA World Endurance Championship as the current contract will end in mid-2019.
Formula has a very rigid structure, allowing for only 12 teams and 24 cars to compete at maximum, and Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have been confirmed as the 11th and 12th teams for the 6th season. Ford, however, does not seem to want to wait that long, and may attempt to enter the championship this year in season 5 already, but as a partner for existing team. For a partnership, only two teams are realistic candidates; Dragon Racing and Virgin Racing.
However, when asked about Fords plans to enter the Formula E, a Ford spokesperson said that they “don’t comment on speculation about future plans”. If Ford manages to enter the competition, it would be the first US American manufacturer to enter the competition.
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