Tech Forecast for the Hong Kong E-Prix: The Competition Should be Afraid!
Posted on: 05 March, 2019
The Mexico City E-Prix was a great result for the team; we left leading both the team and driver standings and proved, yet again, that our car and driver combination this season is proving highly effective. There were also things that we could have done better and we’ll take those learnings with us to the fifth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Hong Kong, China. Our Head of Powertrain, Angus Lyon, gave us his thoughts about the next race.
Looking back at last year's 'triple crown'
Hong Kong has given us mixed emotions from the past two seasons; disappointment, technical problems and what we refer to as wall kisses, but we've brought home a podium at each and every race. Last year, we achieved the first ever "perfect" Formula E race with Felix Rosenqvist securing pole position, fastest lap and the race win. It was one of those edge-of-the-seat moments when we watched Felix's qualifying lap; his speed was fantastic and he was a whisker’s distance away from the wall, a number of times! And it’s all to play for, again this year. The car is quick and both drivers are proving that they have the pace to help them stay in the lead.
A track that favours the brave
The waterfront track is interesting because it combines both fast and very slow corners; it's tight and bumpy, but still allows for big braking with a high-speed approach to slow corners. There are relatively few opportunities for easy overtaking which means this track definitely favours the brave.
Things never stay the same in motorsport, and Formula E is no exception – especially the start to Season 5. The weather had a big influence on track conditions in Santiago on race day; it was the hottest day in Formula E history. It was less impactful in Mexico and, in Hong Kong, it's unlikely to have a huge impact on us. Of course, the combination of track evolution and temperatures can make things less predictable at other tracks on the calendar.
Big predictions for the M5Electro
The team had a good day of testing straight after the Mexico City E-Prix; we improved our understanding of the new M5Electro and we made good progress overall. We’re still running through the data and analysing the results, so you’ll have to wait and see what updates we take to Hong Kong.
Traditionally, Hong Kong has suited us and we expect to be competitive there again with the new M5Electro, where we’ve carried over many of the design philosophies from the Gen1 car to the new Gen2 car.
"I'll be brave and say that it's entirely possible to take a 1-2 at the Hong Kong E-Prix – The competition should be afraid!"
~ Angus Lyon, Head of Powertrain, Mahindra Racing