McLaren Applied Technologies has won the tender to supply Formula E with batteries which will end the switch of cars halfway through a race in 2018.
The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) confirmed the news in a statement today, which also confirms that it is intended the current mid race car swap will disappear.
The statement from the FIA said, “The FIA previously launched a tender for the exclusive supply of batteries for the FIA Formula E Championship, with the aim of implementing technology that will allow drivers to complete a full race without changing cars mid-race from Season 5.
“At the conclusion of the tender process, and with the support of independent experts, the World Motor Sport Council has chosen McLaren Applied Technologies as the exclusive battery supplier for the 2018-19 (Season 5) and 2019-20 seasons.
“The decision was made to limit the term of this agreement to two seasons in light of the ongoing rapid development of battery technology.”
The current batteries are currently supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering, which also put in a bid alongside Red Bull Engineering and Porsche.
According to the original tender, it will have to be ready for crash testing next summer with teams getting their hands on it for the first time next November. It will be introduced in the series in the second half of 2018.
Unlike the powertrain, the battery is a common element in Formula E, aimed at reducing cost in the series along with aerodynamics.