For several months now there has been talk of a possible entry of McLaren into the FIA World Endurance Championship, but at the moment there are no more than rumors that persistently chase each other in the tide of activities already started by the team.
It is no secret that the Woking team is expanding its horizons more and more and the announcement of the next participation in Formula E adds to the already well-known commitments in Formula 1, IndyCar and Extreme E.
On the other hand, the F1 discourse is also at stake, which could see the team linked to Audi from 2026, but these are still premature speeches and there is time to understand how situations will evolve on both sides.
In the meantime, the boss Zak Brown finds himself having to from time to time answer questions about a possible commitment in the World Endurance with a new generation prototype – Hypercar or LMDh – something that is not clear and defined to date, but on which to short you will have to roll a sum.
“The FIA WEC is a championship that I have always liked very much and that I follow, but we have not yet made a decision about it,” said Brown on the sidelines of the announcement regarding Formula E.
“I think, though, that first of all we need to fully focus on the commitment to Formula E and how it works.”
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Having said that, Brown also wanted to specify that the company may eventually consider a program dedicated to the WEC, but not before a couple of years.
“As the WEC is developing, we still have time to make a decision. By 2024 or 2025 we will already know some changes in our engine department.”
“If and when we join the WEC, these things will be linked to our motorization business. But I think we will make a decision on that before the end of the year.”
Additional information by Mario Fritzsche and Norman Fischer