Mahindra Racing say they are where they want to be ahead of the opening round of the 2016-17 Formula E season this weekend.
The Indian team have a completely redesigned powertrain for this season, but managed to complete over 4,100 kilometres in pre-season testing.
The new package proved to be reliable, with the team also managing the second fastest time on each of the first three days of testing.
This has led to both drivers feeling well prepared going to Hong Kong, with Nick Heidfeld hopeful that the team will be moving up the grid this year.
Heidfeld said, “I am happy with how pre-season testing has gone with the new M3Electro. There have been some big changes with the new Mahindra Racing powertrain.”
“The rear end of the season three package looks very nice and sleek. We completed a lot of kilometres in pre-season testing both in private and then at the combined tests at Donington, but we will have a lot tighter corners and bumps at the races.”
“The street circuits of Formula E are what make this championship very exciting and challenging for a race driver and Hong Kong will be no different.”
“I’m looking forward to getting underway with the new season and hopefully moving Mahindra Racing forward in the championship.”
Joining Heidfeld this season is rookie Felix Rosenqvist, who despite being new to the series believes that he’s ready for the year ahead.
“I feel very well prepared for Hong Kong and the challenge of Formula E’s street circuits,” Rosenqvist commented.
“It’s going to be a tough learning curve to adapt to the high-pressure, single-day format street races of Formula E, but a challenge is what I love. Our pre-season testing went well and the M3Electro has been very reliable.”
“The Mahindra Racing-developed powertrain seems to be competitive so far compared to the other teams, but the real test will be to see what we can do during the first race. I’m excited to get started.”
Mahindra finished fifth in last year’s championship, with the team achieving their first podium result in the series.