Virgin Racing has announced a new multi-year agreement with Audi Sport for the upcoming fifth season of Formula E which will see the team supplied with the Audi e-tron FE05 cars.
Having previously developed an in-house powertrain solution and, more recently, collaborated with DS Automobiles, the Silverstone-based team will become an independent team for the 2018/2019 championship. Beginning this year on December 15th in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, the new season will see the introduction of an all-new car with nearly double the energy storage and a 50kw increase in power.
“After our fantastic seasons securing seven wins and 19 podiums, and, recently, a successful partnership with DS Automobiles, we have opted to take a new direction for the next generation of Formula E,” Virgin Racing’s Managing Director, Sylvain Filippi, said. “From the outset it was always the team’s intention to partner with an OEM as Virgin’s core business areas don’t involve the production of automobiles. With Audi Sport together with the drive of our majority team owner Envision, we feel this is the perfect partnership to ensure we continue fighting at the front of the grid.”
Head of Audi Motorsport, Dieter Gass, added: “We are glad that in the new Formula E season together with Virgin Racing four Audi e-tron FE05 cars will fight for points and trophies. The team has been one of the key players in Formula E ever since the series was founded – both in terms of its racing performance and all off-track activities. This makes Virgin Racing’s choice of using our powertrain a particular pleasure. This confidence also confirms the excellent work that our engineers are doing together with their colleagues from our development partner Schaeffler.”
Virgin Racing and Envision Group will hold a live launch event on October 5th to unveil the team’s season five car livery, driver line-up and partner announcements. Head to the Virgin Racing website to find out more.