While passenger cars, taxi’s and buses are waiting for the traffic lights on the start grid, in the opposite direction, drivers have seen most of the teams unpacking their DHL shipment from Beijing. Each team is putting four cars each in their garages. In contrary with Beijing, a three story temporary building has been put down at Persiaran Perdana providing the teams and drivers a solid roof over their heads.
The engineers and drivers will have a bit of time to adapt to Malaysia’s climate with 30+ degrees Celsius and high humidity. Between the inaugural event in Beijing and today, most of them have been training in the simulator and have analysed the first race. But what’s new is the weather experience: how will the batteries hold in these circumstances? One of the drivers told Electric Autosport that it has not been decided yet if the cars will race with 150 kW battery power or with 170 kW. Time will tell, certainly after the initial shakedown on Friday afternoon.
Venturi has one of the greatest challenges. Nick Heidfeld was involved in the major collision with Nico Prost and hit the wall hard. Spark Racing Technology has proved to have built a safe car, but the team has now the task to rebuild the vehicle. A spare chassis has been shipped from Beijing to Putrajaya including older parts from the crashed racing car. Electric Autosport was told that all technical parts will be renewed. In addition, they also have to change the gearbox at one of Stéphane Sarrazin’s cars.
Meanwhile the track is being finalised with the latest holes for the track’s safety construction being drilled and toilets being installed. And not to forget, the grid girls made their first appearance with a guided tour and practice session how to perform on the start grid.