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Mahindra Confirms ZF Deal; Unchanged Driver Lineup

Mahindra confirms new deal with ZF Group; unchanged lineup of Wehrlein and d’Ambrosio…

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Mahindra Racing has confirmed its new long-term technology partnership with ZF Group and its unchanged driver lineup of Pascal Wehrlein and Jerome d’Ambrosio for the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

E-racing365 reported earlier on Friday that the British-based Indian team has entered into a partnership with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which will support Mahindra with chassis development, shock absorber provision and engineering services.

ZF has already begun work for the design and manufacturer of Mahindra’s 2020-21 powertrain, meanwhile.

Mahindra unveiled a new livery for its M6Electro, which will debut in November at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix, including ZF branding on the team’s familiar red, while and blue color scheme.

“I am delighted to welcome ZF to the Mahindra Racing family,” commented team principal Dilbagh Gill.

“We now have one of the most successful global players in the field of e-mobility at our side.

“We were highly impressed by the performance of the ZF driveline in the most recent Formula E season and together we will be even better positioned to continue celebrating success.”

Added Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ZF: “Formula E is a great stage for ZF to demonstrate the quality and performance of our drive train solutions for the e-mobility of tomorrow.

“In no other racing series is the transfer of expertise from motorsports to volume production development as great as in Formula E.

“We look forward to a successful cooperation with Mahindra Racing, and also show our commitment to India as an important growth market.”

Wehrlein, d’Ambrosio Remain for Second Season

Mahindra has elected to keep its two drivers from the 2018-19 campaign on for another season with Nick Heidfeld remaining in his role as test and reserve driver.

Sam Dejonghe will also continue to work with the team in simulator and development driver roles, a position he has held for almost two years.

“I am thrilled Jerome and Pascal will both return to the team for Season Six,” added Gill.

“Last season was one of the most challenging seasons in Formula E history in terms of competition but we believe we have one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid to help us achieve our championship ambitions.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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