Ferrari has flirted with the idea of entering the increasingly-popular Formula E series, but it looks like Fiat-Chrysler will run a different brand in the motorsport.
The comments come directly from Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who is also FCA CEO. Marchionne told Motorsport, “I do not think Ferrari enters directly,” when asked whether the iconic brand might join Formula E. “However, we are thinking of doing so as FCA, and if we will enter, with one of the brands from the group, we do not know which one it will be right now.”
Ferrari was spun off from FCA’s portfolio of brands in 2015, which means it’s technically not an FCA brand as Marchionne alluded to with its potential Formula E entrance.
As for what brand may tackle the electric-car motorsport, it could very well be Maserati. Marchionne confirmed all Maseratis after 2019 will be electrified in some way, which makes the brand a likely contender for Formula E. The motorsport has become an important proving ground for new and future battery technology and has seen support most recently from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.