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28 November 2013

Mahindra Racing to compete in Formula E Championship

Wondering what Mahindra has to do with Formula E Championship? Keep reading

Aashish Kulkarni
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Remember the Formula E racing concept we had reported earlier? The first global, fully-electric championship that is promoted by the the good folks at FIA? Now Mahindra has officially announced that its motorsport division, Mahindra Racing, will be competing in the inaugural edition of the FIA Formula E Championship. This makes Mahindra Racing the only Indian team, and one of only ten teams participating from around the world.

When you connect the terms Mahindra and electric vehicles, there has to be a Reva involved somewhere, and sure enough, Mahindra's electric vehicle division, Reva will be providing Mahindra Racing with the technology for competing in the Formula E Championship. This may, however be a long-term plan, as all teams participating in the inaugural 2014 season will essentially be using the exact same car and technology.

Announcing their entry into the Formula E Championship, Mr. Anand Mahindra said, “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."

As the pic above should indicate, Mahindra Racing has only shown us a 3D render of their Formula E car, but you can get a better idea about the car's look and feel in our embedded video here. The team is in the process of finalising their drivers for the first season, which begins in September 2014.

Of course, Mahindra Racing already has a good run in the Moto3 division of MotoGP, but it should be interesting to see how they handle a fresh concept like Formula E. What do you think, TopGearheads?

Tags: mahindra, mahindra racing, formula e

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