Drayson Racing, the first motor racing team to express an interest in the inaugural season of Formula E, has officially withdrawn from the competition, it announced this morning.
In its place will be TrulliGP, a new motor racing team which has taken over Drayson Racing’s Formula E entry and will also make use of the company’s wireless charging technology.
If the name TrulliGP sounds familiar, that’s because it was founded by former Formula One drive Jarno Trulli. Acquiring the Drayson Racing Formula E team entry, Trulli will not only become team boss but also of the team drivers for the inaugural ten-race season.
Starting in Beijing in September, the FIA-approved championship for electric cars has mandated that teams use the same Spark-Renault SRT_01E, a car designed by Spark Racing Technology and build by Renault.
The removal of the Drayson Racing Team means there’s now only one UK team competing in the event — the Virgin Racing team, sponsored of course by the Virgin group.
Officially, Drayson Racing hasn’t given a reason for its withdrawal from the Formula E World Championship, but both Lord Drayson, CEO of Drayson Technologies and Jarno Trulli have made official statements regarding their close collaboration moving forward.
“I am please that we have finalised an agreement with Lord Drayson,” Said Trulli in an press statement yesterday. “Having gained fantastic experience as a driver in Formula One, my involvement in the F.I.A. Formula E Championship will be a new challenge not only as a driver but also as team owner… I’m very pleased to be a pioneer of this new Formula project.”
For Drayson Racing, it seems the potential buisness opportunities of working with all the teams on charging technology is more important than participating directly in the racing. Having perfected wireless inductive charging with its own custom-built LMP race car, Drayson Racing is keen to encourage all of the teams taking part in Formula E to ditch the plug in favour of wireless charging instead.
“I am sure that the combination of the Trulli team’s motorsport knowhow and the Drayson Ev technology expertise will be a winning one from the start,” said Lord Drayson “Our ambition is to supply all the teams with wireless charging and we are delighted that Trulli GP is the first team to adopt this exciting technology.”
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