Envision Virgin Racing has announced a new sponsor. The Teijin Group will support the team’s efforts in the Formula E Championship.
Headquartered in Japan, with more than 170 group companies worldwide, Teijin is a leading technology-driven global group. It operates in the fields of high-performance materials, including advanced fibres, plastics and composites.
The Teijin Group and Envision Virgin Racing are exchanging knowledge to complement each other’s state-of-the-art technologies. Specifically, Teijin will work on materials that will help to improve the comfort of Envision Virgin Racing’s drivers.
In the future, Teijin will also look to develop lightweight, high-performance automotive components, leveraging the freedom of design required for next-generation automobiles.
“Through ceaseless evolution and ambition, we are aiming to be a company that supports the society of the future by creating new value,” said Jun Suzuki, president and CEO of Teijin Limited. “By supporting Envision Virgin Racing, which competes in races with electric vehicles as a means of raising awareness of global warming, we will develop technologies and accumulate the know-how and solution capabilities required for future electric vehicles that satisfy ever-stricter environmental regulations.”
Sylvain Filippi, managing director of Envision Virgin Racing, commented: “Formula E is one of the most competitive motorsport series there is meaning any advantage that can be gained is crucial. To ensure we have this, Envision Virgin Racing aligns with like-minded, innovative, climate-focused brands, hence why we’re very excited to have The Teijin Group join our family. Being able to tap into their wealth of expertise and high-performance material and composite technologies will help us on track, whilst away from the track we’re looking forward to working together on our Race Against Climate Change programme.”
Launched in 2014, Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric, single-seater racing series. It sees drivers compete on city centre circuits around the world. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry and serves as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Thanks to electric vehicles’ low-noise and non-existent emissions, the races can be held in major cities. The series is currently in its sixth series, with the next race happening on February 15th in Mexico City.
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