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.
"There is nothing to dislike about the Rome E-Prix; the track is amazing and it’s my favourite circuit on the race calendar. We have good momentum going into the second half of the season, even though the competition is getting tougher and stronger. We know it’s very tight up at the front, but it’s better to be fighting up there instead of being at the back; it’s one of the best years of my career so far. Both Pascal and I are quick and at ease with the car and the problematic parts of the track last year have already been improved. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and being able to go and race there is amazing."
"We're looking good in the team's championship and Jérôme is looking very strong in the driver's battle. We have a great team spirit heading into Rome. There are more high-speed corners, so we’ll adjust the car to suit the demands of the track, but we’re pushing really hard to fight at the front and are aiming for a podium. The competition is huge in Formula E, but let’s see if I can be the seventh winner this season!"
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
"We've had a really strong start to the season so far, but we’ve seen the competition getting stronger at every race which means we need to make sure we’re getting the best out of every race weekend and minimise mistakes. We know our car is quick with the right set up and we know what our drivers can achieve. We’d like to hear the Indian National Anthem on the podium again and that’s what we’re aiming for at the Rome E-Prix."
Formula E will go green in Italy on Saturday 13 April 2019 at 16.04hrs local time.
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Mahindra Racing is one of ten founding teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first all-electric racing series. Mahindra Racing has impressive credentials; after scoring it’s breakthrough win at the Berlin E-Prix in 2017, the squad now has four race victories to it’s name in addition to 17 podiums, and six pole positions from 45 starts. After four seasons with the first generation race car, all eyes now turn to season five. Mahindra Racing has high ambitions with the Gen2 M5Electro, a technical innovation that will see the car last the duration of a race as Formula E continues to push the limits of technology and electrification.
ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Paris, Berlin, New York and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.
The Mahindra Group is a USD 20.7 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, speedboats, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defence and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 240,000 people across 100 countries. Learn more about Mahindra at www.mahindra.com
Supporting Mahindra Racing is Tech Mahindra which was recently ranked in 15th on the Forbes’ Digital 100 list – the highest-ranked non-US company to feature. After receiving previous accolades for its sustainability vision, Tech Mahindra was honoured for the fourth consecutive year as a leader in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
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