For the 2018/19 Formula E season (Season 5), BMW and Nissan entered the electric racing series while Mercedes, ahead of a Season 6 entry, worked alongside HWA Racelab.
As well as seeing Mercedes join with a full manufacturer effort for Season 6, Porsche also joined the fray.
With Mercedes yet to confirm their Formula One entry for 2021 onwards, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt told Auto Bild, “The V6 turbo hybrid has nothing to do with what we do in [road] car production.
“From an engineering perspective, I say hats off to what they do in Formula 1, but the technology has no relevance to the road.”
This translation of technology from Formula One into road cars is often what has driven manufacturers to enter the category but, if BMW are now dismissing F1 as a relevant proving ground, how long will others continue to see the merits of spending vast sums of money, even with the budget cap, on irrelevant technology?
Honda reentered Formula One in 2015 with McLaren and endured several years of ridicule before hitting the front with Red Bull in 2019.