MAHINDRA RACING READY FOR BATTLE IN ROME
9 APRIL 2019 – Mahindra Racing is heading into the second half of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship and is taking the fight to Italy for the seventh round of season five. The squad head to the Rome E-Prix as joint leaders in the team’s championship with Jerome D’Ambrosio, driving the #64, one point behind the lead in the driver’s battle. Formula E rookie and double Super Pole qualifier, Pascal Wehrlein, will race his #94 M5Electro for the sixth time.
For the second consecutive season, the drivers will race in Rome, Italy against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadratro. The 2.870km Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR has 21 turns and marks the first of five races for the season’s European leg.
The Rome E-Prix holds mixed memories for Mahindra Racing; last year the team secured Pole Position at the inaugural Rome E-Prix with Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld qualified inside the top ten on the starting grid. When the lights went out Felix was forced to retire from the lead with damage to the rear left wheel and Nick was caught up in a four-car collision.
The 2019 Rome E-Prix marks exactly one year since Mahindra Racing’s Race-to-Road programme was announced and, to mark the occasion, the first public display of the Automobili Pininfarina Battista will be on display in the E-Village. The most powerful road-legal car ever designed at 1,900hp/2,300Nm torque is the zero-emission, electric hypercar Battista. The ‘Race-to-Road’ technology transfer, which sees the Battista reach 100km/h in less than two seconds yet is still capable of 450kms on one charge, has been secured through Automobili Pininfarina’s partnership with Mahindra Racing and expert advice from Nick Heidfeld.