With the 2019/20 FIA ABB Formula E season less now just under two months away, the Venturi Racing team has announced that it will be using Mercedes-Benz electric power in Season 6.
The Monegasque outfit employed their own powertrain in Season 5, but according to the team’s press release, the new partnership ‘will see the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team supply the cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms – as well as the new powertrain (inverter, motor, rear axle components and energy management software), which has been designed and developed by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains.’
— Venturi Racing (@VenturiFE) October 3, 2019
Of course, with the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team joining an exciting line-up, both FE teams and automotive industries of Mercedes and Venturi Automobiles stand to gain from this partnership in the exciting new era of the electric Powertrain.
“We are proud to welcome Mercedes-Benz to the Venturi family as our powertrain partner for Season 6,” commented Gildo Pastor, President of Venturi Automobiles. “Pairing our experience in high-performing electric vehicles with the racing pedigree of Mercedes is a significant step towards strengthening our position in a racing formula that is becoming ever more competitive. We’re all excited about this new era for the team and I’m confident this will be the start of a great journey with our new colleagues in Stuttgart and Brixworth.”
For Venturi Racing Team Principal Susie Wolff, the partnership will bring a familiar feel to proceedings, as she has not only raced Mercedes-powered machines but is married to the team principal of the Mercedes AMG F1 team, Toto.
“This development marks a significant step forward for the team and, with my longstanding relationship with Mercedes-Benz, I feel very confident that we will enjoy a strong working partnership with our new powertrain suppliers,” said Wolff. “We made good progress in Season 5 but our plans for Season 6 are even more ambitious and we are doing everything within our power to make sure that we are as competitive as possible before we head to Saudi Arabia for the season opener.”
With the competition set to be fiercer than ever when the new season kicks off in earnest at Ad Diriyah on November 22, Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, is hopeful that both teams will push each other along to achieve success.
Welcome to the family, guys! 👋 @VenturiFE will run two new @MercedesBenz EQ Silver Arrows 01 in Season 6 of the @FIAFormulaE championship. The agreement will help accelerate our learning curve during our debut season. 🤝 #drivenbyEQ #MercedesFE #ABBFormulaE pic.twitter.com/Po5cbJ3dEK
— Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team (@MercedesEQFE) October 3, 2019
“We are delighted to welcome Venturi Racing to the Mercedes family ahead of our first Formula E season,” added James. “At Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, we have accumulated a huge amount of knowledge in the field of high-performance electrified power units over the past few years, which will not only benefit our new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team but also Venturi Racing. Running four cars on track in our debut season will accelerate our progress towards the ultimate goal of fighting for race wins.”