British race team Carlin are proud to be the newly announced technical service provider to Mahindra Racing in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship, which will launch in September this year. The multiple championship winning team will provide engineering and technical support to the Mahindra Racing Formula E team, both from the championship’s technical headquarters in Donington, UK and at the 10 track events on the 2014/15 calendar.
The Mahindra Group is a USD 16.2 billion multinational group employing more than 180,000 in over 100 countries, with a presence in many industries including aerospace, automotive and components. The group also has a racing presence in the form of the Mahindra Racing Moto3 team which was the first Indian team to participate in the FIM MotoGP World Motorcycle Racing Championship.
Formula E is the world’s first fully electric racing series and is fully supported and sanctioned by the FIA. Designed to accelerate R&D around electric vehicles both within racing and in the wider automotive industry, the championship will focus on combining a unique motor racing spectacle while promoting sustainability. Initially a one make championship, Formula E will be an open championship, allowing manufacturers and constructors the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations.
Held over a one day event in some of the world’s most exciting cities, Formula E events will feature 10 teams, each with two drivers, going head to head around some of the world’s greatest landmarks.
Trevor Carlin said, “We are incredibly proud to be working with such a big organisation as the Mahindra Group and we are keen to repay their trust in us with a successful Formula E campaign from the outset. It’s already clear to us that Mahindra Racing are taking this programme incredibly seriously and are aiming for results at the highest level which we both respect and find very exciting. It speaks volumes about British motorsport that such a big Indian company has chosen a British team to work with and we’re very honoured.
“The FIA have been clear in their support of Formula E and it is obvious that electric powertrains and sustainability will play a big part in the future of motorsport. We are very excited to be involved in such a ground breaking series as Formula E from the very start.”
Dilbagh Gill, Mahindra Racing Team Principal said, “We were very keen to work with a team that had race and championship winning experience at a high level but also had the ability to manage and work with non-F1 budgets. Carlin are extremely well respected and together with our expertise in powertrains and electric vehicles, we make a good team.”
The FIA Formula E Championship kicks off in Beijing on the 13th September and concludes in London on 27th June. The Championship will also visit Buenos Aires, Los Angles and Monaco amongst other city venues.