FIA Formula E Championship is shaping up to be a pretty serious racing series as more and more big names sign up to give it a go next year. So the organizers are going to enjoy at least one year of packed grid. The success or failure of the series after that will be decided based on how exciting it will turn out to be.
The next big, corporate-backed team to join the Formula E is India’s Mahindra Racing, the motorsports division of the Mumbai-based USD 16.2 billion multinational Mahindra Group, and they are said to be bringing India’s ex-Formula One hotshot Karun Chandhok to win races for them. Mahindra also has experience in the MotoGP World Championship.
Once approved by FIA, Mahindra Racing will be the eighth team to enter the championship. They join IndyCar outfits Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing, Asia’s China Racing and Super Aguri and European squads Drayson Racing, e.dams and Audi Sport ABT.
The corporation is also seeking to improve its knowledge of electric vehicles and produce EVs through its Mahindra Reva Company. So Formula E is the perfect venue for them to get their name out there and also learn more about the technology.
“We strongly believe that Formula E can provide an excellent global showcase for our electric vehicle technology,” said Mr Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group. “With advanced operations and expertise in electronics, IT, automotive technologies and manufacturing, we are already seeing the fusion of this technology into our electric vehicle operations. Racing will further accelerate that trend while Formula E is set to raise awareness globally about the benefits of electric vehicles.”