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Formula E – 10 teams for the first season

13 December 2013

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The inaugural season of Formula E will see 10 teams, each with two drivers, competing in the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship. All teams - coming from a variety of top, global championships - have now been announced. Read on to find out more about them.
All teams have been announced and will now be submitted to the FIA for final approval by the World Motor Sport Council. It will be down to the individual teams to select their drivers but they are expected to bring with them a high-profile international background gained from the likes of IndyCar, GP2 and Formula One.
 
About Formula E

For the inaugural season, each team will run four Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seaters, two per driver, with the cars being transported to and from each race venue by Formula E. This is in addition to the cars being housed at a central workshop, designed to reduce running costs, and measures such as restricting the number of team personnel, fixing the car's gear ratios, and not having in-race tyre changes in order to reduce the need for expensive pit stop equipment.

Formula E is also an 'open championship' allowing teams to design and develop their own cars - in accordance to the technical specifications set out by the FIA - and showcasing their electrical energy innovations in a competitive, racing environment.

Teams



“It’s an honour for Andretti Autosport to have been selected as one of the 10 founding Formula E teams for the inaugural season. I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world.”
- Michael Andretti
President, Chairman & CEO


 
  Andretti Autosport Formula E team

Biography

Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Firestone Indy Lights, the Pro Mazda Championship and in the USF2000 National Championship. The company boasts four IZOD IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). The team is the first from the USA giving Formula E three teams from three different continents.


"We’re proud to have the opportunity to take part in the debut of this new racing series. Participating in the new FIA Formula E Championship marks a completely new chapter in our more than 60-year motorsport history."
- Hans-Jürgen Abt
Team Principal

 
  Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team

Biography

With five titles to its credit in the DTM alone ABT Sportsline is one of the most successful German teams, which has also achieved victories and titles in GT and endurance racing.
Led by Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt, the squad is located in Germany’s Allgäu region, and will compete under the name of Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team - which is based on the name used in its successful commitment as an Audi factory team in the popular international touring car series DTM.
The team’s new venture marks a return to the outfit’s early Formula outings in the 1990s when ABT scored  
 

 


"We are very excited that the FIA is launching an electric car racing series and we are proud to be one of the first Formula E teams. I believe Formula E is a perfect platform for China Racing and our key partners to get involved in the future of motor sport. Our presence in the Championship will encourage millions of Chinese fans to follow the series."
- Steven Lu
CEO, China Racing

 
  China Racing Formula E Team

Biography

Team China Racing started in 2004 in Beijing as one of the A1GP Teams, authorised by the Ministry of Sports of China. Led by Steven Lu and Yu Liu, it has competed in several different international racing series including A1GP, Superleague Formula and FIA GT1, and has supported many Chinese drivers such as Qinghua Ma, CongFu Cheng and HopIn Tung. Team China Racing also has rich experience in motorsport operation and management, having organised 10 events in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Zhuhai and Ordos, including two street races in Beijing.
 






 

“Formula E symbolises a vision for the future of motorsports and the automotive industry, while directly appealing to a new generation of global race fans. We believe Formula E is a tremendous opportunity for our many technology and media partners and look forward to its growth and ascendancy over the next decade.”
- Jay Penske
Owner & President
 

 
  Dragon Racing Formula E Team

Biography

Dragon Racing first began in 2006 under the original banner of Luczo Dragon Racing founded by both Penske and Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate Technologies. In May 2007, they made their debut at the Indianapolis 500 finishing an impressive fifth with Ryan Briscoe. Two years later they completed their first full IndyCar season claiming Rookie of the Year with Raphael Matos. Currently Dragon Racing fields two cars in the IndyCar Series with drivers Sebastian Saavedra and four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sébastien Bourdais. In 2013, Dragon Racing’s primary strategic partners were: McAfee, Microsoft, TrueCar, and Chevrolet. It has operations in Indianapolis, Indiana and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.




 


"We are hugely excited about the prospect of competing in the opening season of FIA Formula E. We aim to be one of the frontrunners from the start, leveraging the knowhow we've built up over the past two years working on electric drivetrains and developing our 200mph electric Le Mans prototype"
- Lord Paul Drayson
Team Principal

 
  Drayson Racing Formula E Team

Biography


The formation of the Drayson Racing Formula E Team is the culmination of over six years' experience and leadership in green racing led by Paul Drayson - a leading advocate in this field and a former Science and Innovation Minister for the UK Government. Since 2007 the team have pioneered low carbon motor racing initiatives in GT and Le Mans prototype endurance racing, while more recently they have worked with the FIA Electric and New Energies Commission on accelerating EV technology. The team have also designed, built and tested their own hyper EV race car - the 850hp Lola-Drayson B12/69EV - as well as set a new world record for the fastest speed recorded by a lightweight electric vehicle. In addition to fielding two drivers, Drayson Racing will act as a scientific adviser to the Championship as well as help test the Formula E car.


 

“Getting involved with the FIA Formula E Championship was an obvious choice. I was immediately convinced by this new concept and believe it will shape the future of motorsport."
- Jean-Paul Driot
Co-founder

“I am very happy to be a part of the Formula E adventure. Being able to actively participate in the development of this new technology is extremely motivating."
- Alain Prost
Co-founder



 
  e.dams Formula E Team

Biography

e.dams is a brand new team developed spefically for Formula E. Based just outside Le Mans, France, the squad is a joint venture between two of the biggest names in European motorsport - Jean-Paul Driot, founder of top single-seater team Dams and racing legend Alain Prost, a four-time Formula One World Champion. With almost 25 years' experience, Jean-Paul has led his squad to numerous team and driver titles including International F3000, A1GP, Auto GP, GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5. Meanwhile, Prost is one of the world's most successful and experienced drivers with four F1 titles (1985, 86, 89 & 93), 51 Grand Prix victories and 108 podiums to his name.



 


"We strongly believe that Formula E can provide an excellent global showcase for our electric vehicle technology."

- Anand Mahindra
Chairman & MD of Mahindra Group

 
  Mahindra Racing Formula E Team

Biography

Already a major global force in the development and production of electric vehicles through its Mahindra Reva Company, Mahindra Racing is the eighth and only Indian team to race in Formula E.

Mahindra Racing is already no stranger to international motor sport, competing in the FIM Moto GP World Motorcycle Racing Championship – the first Indian team to do in 2011.

Based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra is a USD 16.2 billion multinational group employing more than 180,000 in over 100 countries.
 


 


“Today is a new chapter for the Super Aguri name and I’m proud that our team will represent Japan in the inaugural Formula E series. Zero emissions racing is a progressive concept for the motorsport industry, and after more than 40 years as both a driver and team owner, I see Formula E as a great stride towards the future."
- Aguri Suzuki
Executive Chairman
 


 
  Super Aguri Formula E Team

Biography

Super Aguri Formula E is a brand new racing team headquartered in Tokyo and is overseen by legendary Japanese racing driver and team owner Aguri Suzuki.
The Super Aguri name is best known for its association in Formula 1 where Super Aguri F1 competed in the sport from 2006 until 2008. The expertise and knowledge gained in F1 will now be applied to creating eco-conscious technological solutions that can be used in major urban cities such as Tokyo.
Super Aguri Formula E was founded in 2013, by four partners: Aguri Suzuki (Executive Chairman), Mark Preston (Team Principal), Peter McCool (Technical Director) and Ferry Spijkerman (Commercial Director).
 






 


“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles. Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”
- Leonardo DiCaprio
Founder, Venturi Grand Prix

“Venturi has been a pioneer in electric high performance vehicles for more than a decade, and Formula E gives us the fantastic opportunity to further improve our advanced technologies through motorsport as well as compete all over the world.”
- Gildo Pallanca Pastor
CEO & Founder, Venturi Grand Prix
 


 
  Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team

Biography

Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Frances Costa.
The team is centred on the award-winning Venturi Automobiles, a leader in high performance electric vehicles developing a range of sports, urban and utilitarian cars, as well as being the current holders of the world land speed record for an electric vehicle with 495kph (307mph).











 



"I’m absolutely sold on the concept of Formula E and believe that it is a great fit for the Virgin brand. The accessible nature of the series with its races being right in the heart of our great cities, should create a wonderful atmosphere."
- Alex Tai
Team Principal
 
  Virgin Racing Formula E Team

Biography

Virgin is a brand that is strongly associated with technology and innovation, and is passionate about developing pioneering technology that can be put to commercial use, in the case of Formula E, directly impacting on cars on the road.
The Virgin Racing Formula E Team is headed by Team Principal Alex Tai, who has been directly involved in a number of Virgin’s pioneering technology projects in aviation, space and more recently racing, alongside Sir Richard Branson.
From the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer to Virgin Galactic, Virgin has pursued activities that push technological and human boundaries and capture people’s imagination.
We look forward to bringing this spirit, along with the fun, energy and excitement of the Virgin brand, to Formula E, and can’t wait to see all the fans in person come September 2014!
 



 

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