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20 NOV 2018 – Mahindra Racing is pleased to announce that Katherine Legge will test for the team alongside Jérôme D’Ambrosio at the first 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E in-season test, which will take place in Saudi Arabia on Sunday 16 December 2018.
Legge brings a wealth of experience to the Mahindra Racing family that ranges from racing formula cars and DTM to sportscars and prototypes, clocking up podium finishes and lap records across multiple motorsport disciplines. The British driver is a familiar face up and down the ABB FIA Formula E paddock having competed in the world’s first all-electric racing series in its inaugural season.
“I’ve known Dilbagh since the early days of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, so it was an honour to be asked to drive with Mahindra Racing for the first in-season test of Season 5. Formula E has come such a long way in a very short space of time – the advanced technology in the Generation 2 cars is astounding. Naturally as a driver you want to join the team with the best package and for me that’s Mahindra Racing. I want to provide them with feedback for future development which means they can achieve the best possible result at every race.”
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
“First and foremost we are delighted that Katherine will join Mahindra Racing for the first inseason test. Katherine is not only one of the best drivers out there, but she is also one of the most qualified in my opinion. She has achieved the results she has because she maintains her professionalism and commitment to the sport. The local promoter of the SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix has worked closely with the teams to encourage more female participation, and Mahindra Racing is thrilled to be able to field one of the strongest female drivers in the sport in this test. Working alongside Jerome, we have the perfect blend of Formula E knowledge and racing experience to support our development throughout Season 5.”
Mahindra Racing is one of ten founding teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first all-electric racing series. Mahindra Racing has impressive credentials; after scoring it’s breakthrough win at the Berlin E-Prix in 2017, the squad now has three race victories to it’s name in addition to 15 podiums, six pole positions and 516 points from 45 starts. After four seasons with the first generation race car, all eyes now turn to season five. Mahindra Racing has high ambitions with the Gen2 M5Electro, a technical innovation that will see the car last the duration of a race as Formula E continues to push the limits of technology and electrification.
ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Paris, Berlin, New York and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.
The Mahindra Group is a USD 20.7 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, speedboats, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defence and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 240,000 people across 100 countries. Learn more about Mahindra at www.mahindra.com
Supporting Mahindra Racing is Tech Mahindra which was recently ranked in 15th on the Forbes’ Digital 100 list – the highest-ranked non-US company to feature. After receiving previous accolades for its sustainability vision, Tech Mahindra was honoured for the fourth consecutive year as a leader in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
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