|Début||2014 Beijing ePrix|
|Key People||Anand Mahindra, Dilbagh Gill, S. P. Shukla|
|Driver(s)||Felix Rosenqvist (No.19)|
Nick Heidfeld (No.23)
|Nick Heidfeld||Felix Rosenqvist|
|5th (63 Pt(s))||3rd (86 Pt(s))|
|3rd (149 Pt(s))|
Mahindra Racing were formed in 2011, intending to compete in the FIM Moto GP championship as a manufacturer. A part of the Mahindra Reva Company, Mahindra Racing have experience with electric cars, and intend to use the Formula E championship as a development programme for their own projects.
Formula E HistoryEdit
Mahindra Racing began the construction on their own car during the inaugural 2014/15 season, intending to run their own powertrain during the following 2015/16 campaign. However, the team used the Spark-Renault SRT_01E as their car for the season as per the regulations, with Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna as their drivers. After promising results for both in the early stages of the season, the Team's hopes of a strong season were set, with the 2015 Long Beach ePrix seeing them sit in sixth, and form seemingly on their side, despite Chandhok and Senna not scoring in the same weekend to that point.
But it was not to be, however, as luck and pace deserted both Senna and Chandhok over the following races, with no points scored in the following four races. Their luck finally returned in the season ending 2015 London ePrix II, with Senna taking fourth in the race, and proving instrumental in Nelson Piquet Jr.'s title charge. Mahindra ended the series' début season in eighth, but safe in the knowledge that luck had not been on their side throughout.
Parent company Mahindra & Mahindra obtained manufacturer status for the 2015/16 edition of the Championship during the first season, and immediately persuaded McLaren to develop a powertrain for them. The evolved version of the powertrain from 2014/15 was bolted into the minor modifications that Mahindra were allowed to make to the Spark-Renault SRT_01E and christened the M2ELECTRO. The team also managed to secure the services of Nick Heidfeld for the season, with Chandhok leaving the team, while Senna would be retained.
After running a successful programme at the 2015 Donington Test, Heidfeld produced an excellent performance at the season opening race in Beijing to finish in third, despite a poor pitstop which ultimately cost the German second. Putrajaya saw both Senna and Heidfeld score, before a dismal weekend in Punta del Este saw Oliver Rowland replace an injured Heidfeld, although both Rowland and Senna failed to score. The following rounds went better for the team with double points scores in every race until the end of the season, the team's strongest display coming at the 2016 Long Beach ePrix with a fourth-fifth finish.
The season finale in London saw the team take another podium, this time courtesy of Senna's efforts in the 2016 London ePrix I. Having produced the team's best result in qualifying, Senna was able to breakaway from the pack with race leader Nicolas Prost at the start to cruise to the podium, with Heidfeld down in eighth. The pair went on to score a sixth-seventh finish in the season finale, with their two drivers ending the season a point apart in the overall standings.
Senna left the team at the end of the 2015/16 season, allowing Mahindra to bring in youngster Felix Rosenqvist to partner Heidfeld for the 2016/17 season. The pair debuted the Mahindra M3 Electro at the 2016 Donington Test, with the car proving to be a mid-pack runner once again.
Formula E RecordEdit
Mahindra Racing's Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 'Teams: Mahindra Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/teams/mahindra-racing.aspx, (Accessed 18/07/2015)
- ↑ 'Emotional Piquet emulates his father', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/04/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/april/piquet-cruises-to-victory-in-long-beach.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
- ↑ 'Eight manufacturers to enter Formula E next season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/02/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/february/eight-manufacturers-to-enter-fia-formula-e-from-second-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'FIA homologates manufacturers for second Formula E season',fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/fia-homologates-manufacturers-for-second-formula-e-season.aspx, (Accessed 03/08/2015)
- ↑ 'Nick Heidfeld joins Senna at Mahindra Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/nick-heidfeld-to-drive-for-mahindra-racing.aspx, (Accessed 10/08/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi back on top', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/buemi-back-on-top.aspx, (Accessed 25/12/2015)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi's Shoreline sensation', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-s-shoreline-sensation/, (Accessed 03/04/2016)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)
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