Punta ePrix: Formula E December news round up

Christmas came early for fans this week but the tragic end to Trulli’s Formula E journey casts a shadow over the Punta del Este ePrix.

Read our Putra ePrix race review here.

Jerome D'Ambrosio Dragon Racing - Venturi  Punta ePrix
2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Punta del Este ePrix, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Jerome D’Ambrosio Dragon Racing – Venturi

Jaguar joins Formula E for season 3…

Jaguar Formula E car
Picture Courtesy of FIA Formula E

Jaguar announced its return to the world of motorsport this week as a manufacturer in the third season of Formula E.

Having left Formula One in 2004, Jaguar has decided to compete in Formula E in the hopes of developing EV technology that will filter through to its road car productions.

Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said of the move, “Electric vehicles will absolutely play a role in Jaguar Land Rover’s future product portfolio and Formula E will give us a unique opportunity to further our development of electrification technologies. The championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions.”

With only a handful of manufacturers spots to fill, it will be interesting to see who else will follow the British motorsport legend into Formula E.

… and Trulli announces their departure

After a disastrous start to the season saw Trulli unable to compete in either the Beijing or the Putrajaya rounds, the team announced its immediate withdrawal from the series.

The team was announced as one of the eight manufacturers for the second series to Formula E, however struggled with both supply and technical issues with its 2015/16 challenger.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We are disappointed that Trulli has decided to leave the championship. Having a driver of the status of Jarno Trulli involved in the early days certainly helped to boost the credibility of Formula E. Taking the decision to become a full manufacturer was a bold one, and one that was always going to present challenges due to the technical advances that Formula E is pioneering.”

Formula E introduces a new (driverless) companion series

Having scrapped the companion FE Schools series for season two, Formula E announced a new championship that will support the 2016/17 season.

‘Roborace’ will see ten teams and twenty cars race compete in an hour-long race on the circuit prior to an ePrix. Only these cars will feature not a single driver.

Instead, the cars will be powered by real-time algorithms and AI technologies.

The aim of the series is to demonstrate that the future of automotive and information technology is already here and can even work in extreme conditions. One of the teams will be a crowd-sourced community of software and technology enthusiasts from all over the world.

So, is driverless racing the future of motorsport? We’re more of a (wo)man-and-machine enthusiast ourselves…

Dragon Racing announces manufacturer entry in 2016

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Punta del Este ePrix, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Saturday 19 December 2015. Loic Duval (FRA), Dragon Racing - Venturi VM200-FE-01. Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _L0U7755
2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship.Punta del Este ePrix, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Loic Duval (FRA), Dragon Racing – Venturi 

 

Currently the only customer team in Formula E, Dragon Racing will become a manufacturer in its own right for the third season of Formula E.

The team is supplied by Venturi for season two.

Managing and Commercial Director Oriol Servia said, “We just want to have full control of the car. At the moment we have been relying on Venturi, who have been great, but we want to be able to put our own package together and beat the rest.”

Formula E returns for the Buenos Aires ePrix on Saturday 6th February.

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