Formula E announce testing dates as NextEV make progress with 2016/17 car


Official testing for Formula E will begin on the 23rd of August for three days at Donington Park, with the second test scheduled for the 5th  to the 7th of September.

The first day will be a private session, but testing on the 24th and 25th of August will be open to the public, with tickets costing just £5.

All ten teams are expected to be in attendance, including the new Jaguar team, and Techeetah, who bought over Team Aguri.

Each team is allowed six days of public testing, in addition to fifteen days of private testing.

The deadline to use these private testing days expires on the 31st of July, with NextEV TCR having completing eleven days of full testing around the Calafat Circuit in Spain with a special livery on their 2016/17 car (pictured).

Calafat is popular amongst Formula E teams as its tight layout mimics a lot of the street tracks on the series calendar.

After a disappointing 2015/16 season NextEV are focusing their efforts on the development of their 700R powertrain.

Last season’s unit proved to be heavy and unreliable, and limited the team to just five points finishes as they came last in the team’s championship standings.

However NextEV Team Principal Martin Leach has said that the team is already encouraged by the reliability the new power unit is showing.

He said, “We have been working incredibly hard for some time now on our new car for the 2016/17 season and have our sights firmly set on arriving in Hong Kong very well prepared and with a well-tested car.“

“There are some interesting developments for next season, one of which is the increased regeneration levels, and so these technical upgrades have been a part of the work.”

“We have been encouraged by our reliability and our programme progress is exactly in line with our planning.”

“We look forward to getting on track at Donington for some comparison work against the other teams and to further cementing our strong pre-season testing work and performance.”