Drayson Racing have become the first team confirmed for the new FIA Formula E Championship set to launch in 2014.
The team is a wholly owned subsidiary of Drayson Racing Technology who, under team principal Paul, Lord Drayson have long been supporters of alternative technologies Lord Drayson himself driving the electric powered Lola based B12/69EV at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“We are hugely excited about the prospect of competing in the opening season of FIA Formula E,” he said. “We aim to be one of the front runners from the start, leveraging the knowhow we’ve built up over the past two years working on electric drivetrains and developing our 200 mph electric Le Mans prototype. We believe that FIA Formula E has very significant commercial potential, it will attract new fans and new sponsors to motorsport and is on track to become the world’s leading environmentally sustainable global sporting event.”
“Today is a very special day for the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoter Formula E Holdings. “Announcing Drayson Formula E team as the first of the 10 teams proposed to take part in the competition is a very important step in the creation of the first sustainable global motor sport Championship. Having a team like Drayson join our ranks, gives the FIA Formula E a true electric racing DNA, as the British company represents, like no other, the passion for research and technology in the field of green motor sport.”
During 2013 the Oxfordshire based Drayson squad will work with Formula Holdings in testing the Formula E customer car, as well as promoting the championship in the ten cities set to host races during the inaugural season of racing 2014.
Though only now confirmed as a team for the championship the team are already planning to shift from customer team to constructor for 2015 with a car built around the same electric drivetrain that propelled Lord Drayson and the B12/69EV to a new electric powered record at Goodwood last year.