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Drivers Are The Most Vital Component: Pt II

There have been mostly two types of drivers come in to Formula E since its inception in 2014. Those who are just naturally gifted at being able to drive a car and think at the same time and those that can only do one of those things. Lyon agrees.

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Drivers Are The Most Vital Component: Pt I

‘They are still by far the most important thing.’ Racing drivers across the land will be glad to hear that statement from a leading Formula E engineer. Drivers know this of course, because despite misperceptions and phantom notions still persisting, their craft remains unique.

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Van Buren’s All-Star Success

Mahinda Racing simulator driver Rudy van Buren scooped the jackpot in the second All-Star Esports battle hosted by The Race website last weekend. Rudy took a well-judged win, beating huge names of the virtual and conventional motorsport world that included Nico Hulkenburg, Juan Pablo Montoya and a host of Formula E drivers including current competitors Antonio Felix Da Costa, Stoffel Vandoorne, Neel Jani and Maxi Guenther as well as former Mahindra ace Felix Rosenqvist.

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Bright Spark Round 5 Report

Testing, testing 1-2-3... The opportunity to get valuable data in Marrakesh at the rookie test last Sunday was lapped up (in all senses) by the Mahindra Racing engineering team. Our resident Bright Spark explains the key aims and objectives of the test, which took place with drivers Sam Dejonghe and Pipo Derani at the wheel of the two M6Electro cars.

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The Romance of Racing

In our recent podcast, ‘The Romance of Racing’, we brought together four people in love; in love with racing! Nicki Shields hosts, with an epic line-up of special guests: The Racing Driver, The Romance Novelist and The Movie Producer. Nick Heidfeld, author Paige Toon and producer of ‘Senna’ Manish Pandey got together to discuss their love for the magical world of motor racing.

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Bright Spark Round 4 Report

Motorsport has always seen great fluctuations in fortunes; from joy to despair, from glory to adversity. It is all part of the rich fabric of why we love it so much. At Mexico City last weekend Mahindra Racing experienced the full range of emotions. A technical challenge was met with preparation, anticipation and fortitude as the team were tested on every level. All this meant that our resident engineering guru was on maximum alert to ensure that the adversity was overcome and that a true ‘Miracle in Mexico’ could be made reality.

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Bright Spark Round 3 Report

One word sums up the preparation to manage the infamous Chilean heat in Santiago last weekend: simulation. Dozens of hours of simulation work at Mahindra’s bespoke on-site ‘Driver in the loop’ simulator prepared the Mahindra team to the max as thermal management allied to extracting the best from the M6Electro powertrain in the demanding conditions. We threw a paper cup of chilled water over our resident tech guru The Bright Spark, cooled him down and asked him all about how getting the car and systems chilly in Chile was the overriding theme last Saturday.

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Bright Spark Rounds 1-2 Report

The Diriyah track was incredibly low grip when the teams headed out for the shakedown session on Thursday. Conditions didn’t improve massively on Friday with official practice beginning just after dawn. The challenge for the Mahindra Racing engineers was to gauge how the circuit would evolve. We grilled our insider, The Bright Spark, to get the lowdown.

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NEW HIRES AT MAHINDRA RACING

With the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season just around the corner, Mahindra Racing is strengthening its team and is pleased to announce the senior appointments of David Clarke as Team Manager and new Chief Mechanic Paul Willett.

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M6ELECTRO HEADS TO GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Mahindra Racing is ready to return to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed this week with Nick Heidfeld and the unraced M6Electro. The squad will be the only Formula E team to compete on the renowned Hillclimb in both its Gen1 and Gen2 all-electric racing cars.

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