Mahindra showcases new Formula E car for first time in India
Mahindra showcased its season 5 Formula E car at a press conference in Mumbai earlier on Monday.
Team principal Dilbagh Gill and Mahindra automotive chief Dr Pawan Goenka were among senior company executives present at the event.
The occasion marked the first time the M5Electro, based on the series’ Gen2 chassis, was put on display in India.
The new car will make its race debut later this week in Saudi Arabia and will try to build on the legacy of the M4Electro, which scored two victories in the 2017/18 season.
The M5Electro will be piloted by an all new line-up of Belgian driver Jerome d’Amborosio and Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein, although the latter’s contract obligations with Mercedes means he won’t be able to make his race debut until the Marrakesh ePrix in January.
Wehrlein will be subbed in this weekend’s season-opening Ad Diriyah ePrix by Swedish racing star Felix Rosenqvist, who scored all three of Mahindra’s FE victories in the last two seasons.
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The fifth season of Formula E is significant for Mahindra, the series and the future of electric mobility as the new battery allows teams to complete a full race without the need of a car swap.
In the first four seasons, the drivers had to come to the pits midway through the race and strap themselves into their second car before heading back on track.
The new car/powertrain combination eliminates the need of that risky but necessary evil, while also offering drivers 20 kW of more power, taking the total output to 200 kW. Peak power has also been increased to 250 kW.
Among other changes for the 2018/19 season, control tyre supplier Michelin has brought new compounds, which offer more grip but are also more prone to degradation.
The series has also introduced a new Mario Kart-style 'Attack Mode' to bring strategic variance as the new car completely removes the need of pit stops.
Previous India events
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
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Mahindra has often displayed its previous Formula E cars in India, most notably at 2016 and 2018 Auto Expo motor shows.
It also conducted a demo run at the Buddh International Circuit in 2016 in an attempt to bring the series to the country.
Nick Heidfeld - who is now taking a backseat after three seasons as team’s race driver during which he scored several podium finishes - completed several laps of the former Formula 1 circuit in the presence of Anand Mahindra.