As the 2021-22 Formula E season ends and a new season begins, things look a little different. In addition to introducing brand new Gen3 cars, season nine will see six of the 12 sports teams new, improved or slightly altered names. We’re here to help you keep them all straight.
In speaking with colleague Owen Bellwood this week, we realized we were having a hard time remembering whether a team would go through a full-blown overhaul, if it had a new sponsor, or if it had a new sponsor. it’s brand new. And if we are challenged, the fans will probably be too. Joking that I needed a flowchart to keep everything aligned, an idea popped up:
For season nine, Formula E will move from 11 teams to 12 thanks to the addition of Team ABT. This isn’t the first time ABT has been involved in the series, but it is a revival of the tuning company’s involvement after it previously ended its relationship with Audi. That was our first big change.
Next came a big event: Mercedes left the sport and its assets were bought by McLaren. We all know McLaren will be involved, ever since Zak Brown announced the team’s intention to compete in the Gen3 era back in December 2021. The reality, however, is that it will acquire the defender. The Mercedes championship, however, was a bit of a surprise.
Maserati became another big-name manufacturer to buy a team when it announced its partnering with Venturi — but the rebranding has been pretty massive. Right now, the Venturi name seems to have disappeared, replaced by Maserati. Whether or not that sticks as the season nears, though, will remain to be seen, especially since the company has renewed its partnership with ROKiT.
In April of 2022, Nissan announced that it would take total control of the e.dams team, which was less a massive change so much as it was more complete control over a product it already largely owned.
And the final change is actually something of a swap: manufacturer DS has left Techeetah, instead partnering with Dragon Racing. That leaves Techeetah as just Techeetah, and the former Dragon/Penske team as DS Dragon Racing.
Thankfully, plenty of teams are also sticking by their previous names. Nio 333, Jaguar, Envision, Andretti, Mahindra, and Porsche will remain the same heading into season nine.