DISCLAIMER: We’re not saying Formula E isn’t sexy. It’s pioneering innovative EV technology – it’s even delving into the AI sphere head first with new companion series, Roborace. But honestly, these concepts are something else.
Mahindra Racing and Pininfarina have released three concept cars for a future Formula E car.
Part of the series’ ethos is to drive development while keeping costs low, meaning that teams use the same chassis while being allowed to develop their own powertrains and software.
However the tender to design the FIA Formula E chassis from 2018 onwards recently launched, and these designs give potential candidates some food for thought. Where does the future of the Formula E car lie?
Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group said: “Mahindra is a pioneer of EV technology that is always striving to push the boundaries of this exciting new form of mobility. Our participation in the Formula E championship gives us yet another platform to co-create the Future of Mobility. While these innovative designs are a creative project at this stage, I would be thrilled to see the M5Electro look like this.”
Pininfarina joined the Mahindra team last December. Their H2 Speed hydrogen car concept was most recently awarded Best Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Chief Creative Officer of Pininfarina Fabio Filippini added: “Formula E is one of the most exciting signs of the changes underway in the automotive world as well as in motor racing. Its success is the proof. Exercising our creativity on these sketches allowed us to imagine the evolution of this formula. A possible contribution of Pininfarina to the future development of a Formula E car would be a highly motivating challenge, fully consistent with our mission of creators and innovators in the automotive field”.