Formula E picks eight manufacturers for second season

The eight manufacturers that will enter the all-electric race in the second season have been revealed. For the inaugural 2014/15 season, all the 10 teams use identical single-seating racing cars […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The eight manufacturers that will enter the all-electric race in the second season have been revealed.

For the inaugural 2014/15 season, all the 10 teams use identical single-seating racing cars – the Spark-Renault SRT_01E – with powertrains developed by McLaren Electronic Systems.

However, in a bid to promote investment and innovation, Formula E is allowing manufacturers to pursue their own in-house products, starting with the development of bespoke powertrains from the 2015/16 season.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E said: “One of our objectives from the beginning was to promote technology competition but we cannot do that as organisers of the championship, we need ‘actors’ to join and to develop technologies to fight against each other in the races.

“Through this fight we improve the technology and then with this improved technology we improve electric cars in general.”

The chosen manufacturers are ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Motomatica, NEXTEV TCR, Renault Sport, Venturi Automobiles and Virgin Racing Engineering.

Last week London’s Wandsworth Council gave the go-ahead for the first all-electric race to be held in the capital.