In his role, Barnard will work directly with the team in Bicester and Woking, contributing to the team’s development, while growing his knowledge and experience within the series.
The 19-year-old got his first taste of Formula E in October 2023, having driven for the team as a rookie driver during the Valencia pre-season test. Barnard, from Norwich, England, entered single seater racing in 2020. Since then, he has become the 2022 ADAC Formula 4 runner-up, as well as the 2023 Formula Regional Middle East Championship runner-up.
In 2023, during his debut season in FIA Formula 3, he took his maiden victory in the championship at Spa-Francorchamps.
“I’m super excited and honoured to be joining the NEOM McLaren Formula E Team as a Reserve and Development Driver," he said. "Having an opportunity to work with a team such as NEOM McLaren is a great opportunity for my future and I will be working as hard as I can to support the team and working hard to learn as much as possible!”
Ian James, Managing Director, NEOM McLaren Electric Racing and Team Principal, NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, added: “I am delighted to officially welcome Taylor to the team, after giving him his first taste of electric racing in Valencia last October. He is an incredibly impressive up-and-coming talent in single seater motorsport, and I’m looking forward to working with him in 2024.
"Taylor will play an important role within our team, and I am confident he will be adding value to the NEOM McLaren Formula E Team with his drive and talent, while also gaining valuable experience himself along the way.”
Barnard complete's the team's line-up, with Sam Bird having joined the fold over the off-season from Jaguar TCS Racing.
How to watch Formula E's season-opener in Mexico City this weekend, 13 January
With the GEN3 era of Formula E heading into a second campaign, after what was a super close-run first outing in 2022/23, all the signs are pointing towards Season 10 stepping things up a level further.
A record 17-race calendar, with a maiden trip to Japan and a long-awaited return to China, means there'll be more silverware to fight over than there's ever been in a single season. Whoever hits the top in 2023/24 will have earned it and after a typically fraught, ultra-competitive test in Valencia, half the grid will have their eyes on the prize.
The season-opener once again takes place in Mexico City at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on 13 January.
Some 40,000 spectators are expected to fill the grandstands at the famed Foro Sol to watch a grid of 22 world class drivers, representing the biggest racing and automotive names, compete for FIA World Championship honours.