Several ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams have continued running their Gen 2 cars in recent weeks ahead of the manufacturer testing deadline of Oct. 1.
Sebastien Buemi and Mitch Evans recently tested for NISMO and Panasonic Jaguar Racing, respectively, with the two teams sharing track time at Calafat and completing multiple race simulations.
Each manufacturer had only one driver present, with Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr. otherwise committed to Stock Car Brasil, while Nissan is expected to officially confirm Buemi and a new teammate next month.
“I think all the teams are finding the new car a decent challenge especially how the re-gen comes in and how we have to simulate to a timed race rather than a lap race,” Evans told e-racing365.
“I think the first race could be really crazy with the way teams figure out the attack-boost strategies.
“We will see at Valencia what general shape everyone is in, but even then it won’t give an accurate reflection. There is still so much to do. Next month will be busy for everyone.”
NIO has also been in action at the Spanish circuit with Luca Filippi behind the wheel of its Season Five challenger while Oliver Turvey continues recovery from the broken finger he sustained at the New York City E-Prix.
The Brit could recommence testing early next month after having a pin removed from his injured hand this week.
E-racing365 understands that the team’s testing will continue at Calafat next week with Filippi potentially set to be joined by two additional drivers who are new to the team.
Dragon Racing has also tested at the track this week but is set to move its development program to Varano, its favored test venue in Italy.
Jose Maria Lopez and Maximilian Guenther are on-hand for the team although the German has undertaken the majority of mileage with Lopez heading to Silverstone for the FIA World Endurance Championship round this weekend.
Mahindra has continued to conduct post-homologation race sims with its M5Electro, and recently tested Pipo Derani, who is believed to have impressed the team on his first run in a Formula E car.
Furthermore, BMW completed a three-day test at its Miramas facility in France, with running shared between Antonio Felix da Costa and Bruno Spengler.
Its driver lineup will be revealed next month.
The nine registered manufacturers must complete their 15 allowed test days by the Oct. 1 deadline, while Venturi, which will provide a customer package for HWA, and Audi, which is set to have a similar deal with Virgin Racing, are granted an additional seven days.
Each manufacturer has to be capable of supplying cars with two full spare part kits to a minimum of two competitors for 2018-19 and then three for the subsequent seasons.
The ready-to-race cars, including powertrain, are price-capped at €817,300 (c. $925,000) and must be delivered to customer teams no later than Sept. 15.