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Formula E Teams Eyeing New Premises

Dragon, Andretti looking at new British HQs for their operational teams ahead of Season Five…

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Andretti and Dragon Racing are considering plans to move their operating premises ahead of the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

The two teams are evaluating switches from their current headquarters at Donington Park to new offices within the UK, most likely within ‘motorsport valley’ in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

Dragon owner Jay Penske previously looked at a possible move to California but this is now understood to be on hold, although technical director Nicolas Maduit did move to Los Angeles last year.

As revealed by e-racing365 in February, former F1 designer Mike Gascoyne and his company MGI Consultancy is working with Dragon on its Season Five powertrain.

Gascoyne has his company based in Kelmscott, around 20 miles west of Oxford, and on the edge of ‘motorsport valley’.

Dragon also recently signed Gary Holland from Jota Sport as its new team manager, who has been tasked with finding a desirable base ahead of Season Five.

Andretti, which will support the BMW factory program next season, is also looking at offices in the UK.

The American team remains the owner of the German automotive giant’s entry and will serve as the operational entrant.

It will thus essentially be the BMW works team with a responsibility to operate the program with significant engineering support.

E-racing365 understands that Roger Griffiths will continue to hold a senior role at the team and will be joined by former Techeetah team manager Campbell Hobson.

Hobson worked at the Chinese-entered team through Seasons Three and Four and has been drafted in to replace former team manager Rob Arnott, who left Andretti just before the Berlin E-Prix in May.

Andretti and Dragon aren’t the only teams moving into new bases, after Panasonic Jaguar Racing set up shop within the Williams Advanced Engineering facility in Grove last week (pictured below).

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Old Trombone

    August 4, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Teams basically “have to” base themselves in Brexain? Then it ain’t a “World” championship, is it? Same for F1 where “German” Merc and “Italian” Cancer-Fazz do 90% of their work in Brexain.

    The WRC can at least allow teams to base in Finland, Germany and France.

    How about this? A big cruise-ship, fuel-cell, sail and solar powered, with all the teams on board. The workshops have webcams so we can see the engineers doing their sport. The ship docks at port and the electric trucks deliver the cars and equipment. THAT would be a world championship.

  2. Old Trombone

    August 4, 2018 at 10:33 am

    So, y’know Father Penske donated to the “MAGA” campaign, significant donations. And here is his son “moving jobs out of America”. Maybe Roger should have donated that money to Jay to pay for American jobs? Or maybe Roger needs to stop the hypocrisy. Jay also owns “Rolling Stone” which thoroughly and professionally covers Black Lives Matter, another directly opposing political movement. Gee this family looks a lot like the Murdoch’s, famous for swilling discontent with Fox in America and anti-American movies in Riyadh, of all places….

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