Venturi has announced that it will be forming a partnership with driveline and chassis technology firm ZF.
The two have already started working together on this season’s car, with ZF aiming to take complete control of powertrain development from season five, when teams are allowed one car per race.
ZF has a wealth of experience in motorsport, and is currently involved in MotoGP, DTM and Toyota’s LMP1 efforts.
Venturi President, Gildo Pallanca Pastor, said that he had been looking for a partnership such as this ever since he entered his team into Formula E.
“When I first committed Venturi to the FIA Formula E series I had in mind precisely the kind of partnership that we have been able to establish with ZF,” he said.
“My target has always been to enable our team’s expertise in EVs to be paired with the resources, manpower and ingenuity of a major automotive organisation and in ZF we have found a willing, capable and highly motivated partner”
ZF CEO Dr Stefan Sommer said that from the main impetus for committing his company to Formula E was that it allowed them to work on new technologies and show their racing calibre.
He said, “For us, the technology partnership with Venturi in FIA Formula E gives us impetus for new technologies that will ideally also find their way to daily street use.”
“Electrification is the key to individual mobility of the future and, using the exciting Formula E platform, we aim to make a significant contribution to the success of Venturi.
“Winning will allow us to prove our exceptional competences as a lead development partner and technology leader and winning with Venturi will also strengthen our credentials in motorsports with electric powertrain competition cars.”
Venturi were one of the few teams without a technology partner, and they’ll be hoping that this will help them continue the progress they made last year.
Having finished second last in season one, the French team climbed to sixth in 2015/16, with Stephane Sarrazin scoring the team’s best result so far with a second place in Long Beach.