Mahindra Racing has signed a three-year technology-based partnership with Umicore. The Formula E team also welcomes innovation company Voxdale as an official design & technology supplier. On top of that the Belgian racer Sam Dejonghe has been appointed as sim and development driver.
Umicore and Mahindra Racing have agreed to undertake a technology development programme to enhance the performance of the 12V battery which enables all of the mission critical systems to be run on the Formula E cars. The results of this work will first be seen in the season five car, where drivers will nog longer need to make a mandatory car swap during the race.
Voxdale and Mahindra Racing engineers will work together to apply Voxdale’s areas of expertise such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and simulation techniques to further tune the performance of the electric race cars.
Sam Dejonghe meanwhile, will work closely with the team’s engineers to test new settings on a race simulator and the test car. “I cannot wait to work in such a professional environment and contribute to improve race car performance. Due to the specific city racing of Formula E it’s absolutely critical to prepare and simulate the races well,” Dejonghe said.
Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal Mahindra Racing added: “We are thrilled at the culmination of this innovative partnership. Mahindra Racing are the first (and only) Formula E team to have achieved accreditation in the FIA Institute’s Sustainability Programme. We are entirely committed to minimising environmental impact through a strong environmental policy. Our partnership with Umicore and Voxdale further validates our commitment to the eco-revolution by thus completing the cycle of creation, efficient and optimal use, and recycling of materials used in the field of electrical energy. Sustainability as an outcome of whatever we undertake is non-optional, everything ahead of that is progress toward the next benchmark.”