China Racing will run a powertrain built by Chinese EV technology firm NextEV in season two of the FIA Formula E Championship.
NextEV were one of the eight manufacturers selected to build components for season two, when the regulations regarding the powertrain are opened up to allow competition.
China Racing has released some technical details of the new powertrain, which will run dual e-motors with dual controllers, and a gearbox configuration that maximizes efficiency in both drive and regeneration modes. Tooling is now in process and inverter algorithms under refinement. The new powertrain should soon be available for testing.
Beijing based NextEV says it is committed to competing for Formula E constructor titles, and more importantly, to being the major hi-technology hub and brand for EV OEMs in China.
Steven Lu, CEO of China Racing; “These are tremendously exciting times for Team China Racing. The Formula E series created and led by Alejandro Agag is rapidly developing into a globally prestigous event. Our shared vision of being a new energy vehicle test bed, exemplifying the passion and performance capabilities ties with our passion to create and improve EV technologies for China. NextEV is our technology development company and we already have several new EV powertrain programs for automotive and commercial vehicle OE’s, as well as building two complete sets of battery electric race cars for racing in China.”.
“Formula E is the ideal testing and development platform for us because this is world class competition, and we are passionate about world class performance on and off track. EV technology development in China is still in early stage and through NextEV we intend to play a leading role in this market.”