After 125 years of motorsport history, Mercedes-Benz is about to write a new chapter in the upcoming season: at the opening fixture of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Saudi Arabia in late November, two all-electric racing cars will be fielded by the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E drivers for the first time. The team presents its new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, driver pairing and team principal at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
Occupying the two Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 cockpits will be ex-Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne and current FIA Formula 2 championship leader Nyck de Vries.
“In Stoffel and Nyck, we have recruited two formidable and adaptable drivers who can continue to learn and grow with us in our Formula E debut season,” says Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team. “At Mercedes-Benz, we can look back on 125 years in motor racing. However, we know that Formula E is very different from any other series we have ever competed in. We are doing everything we can to ensure success, but we also have enough humility to realise that we have a steep learning curve ahead of us.”
The car: A racing car for a new era
New racing series, new challenge, new racing car: Curtain up for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01!
The Gen2 racing car deployed in Formula E has a design that is unique in motorsport. While all teams use a standard-issue chassis, they can still demonstrate their superior technical expertise in the development of the powertrain. The teams are therefore permitted to develop certain components – inverter, motor, transmission, parts of the rear axle and the software for energy management – to their own design.
Formula E brings all the enthusiasm and passion for racing to city centres, which is an absolutely unique concept. This makes the series a completely new playing field for us. But we are looking forward to the challenge of demonstrating the performance of our intelligent battery-electric drives in motorsport as well, and of giving a positive boost to the EQ brand.Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
With its entry into Formula E, the brand with the three-pointed star has become the world’s only automotive manufacturer to contest both Formula 1 and Formula E. The parallel involvement in the two series allows Mercedes to transfer the lessons learnt in both championships from the racetrack to the road. The two platforms together constitute an important technology driver for the entire Mercedes family and will help to shape the future of the automobile.
Technical Specifications: Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
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