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Manufacturers Continue Testing as Deadline Approaches

Several Formula E teams continue running new cars ahead of private testing deadline…

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Formula E manufacturers have continued ticking off their allocated development testing days in Spain and the UK recently as the private pre-season test deadline of Oct. 1 approaches.

BMW, Nissan, Jaguar and NIO have all been in action while several other manufacturers will get back on track next week.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport was at Calafat this week putting in more miles on its iFE.18 Gen 2 car, with Tom Blomqvist on hand on Tuesday.

He could be named as part of the team’s driver squad which will be announced on Friday, and is in contention for a race seat along with Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims.

Nissan has also used two days of its allowance at Calafat recently as it continues its transition taking over the e.dams squad from Renault.

It ran with an as yet unknown driver in the cockpit as it completed several race simulation tests and continued to validate coding on its new car.

As revealed by e-racing365 on Wednesday, Nyck de Vries tested for NIO earlier in the week, while the team also gave Oliver Turvey some track time.

The Brit continued his return to the cockpit after having a pin removed from the finger he injured at the New York City finale in July.

NIO is known to have had one of its Season Four cars running in addition to the new Gen-2 model on Tuesday.

Nelson Piquet Jr. completed multiple race distances for Panasonic Jaguar Racing at Silverstone, with the team expected to continue its allocation of test days later this month, splitting duties between Piquet and Mitch Evans.

Mahindra Racing, which ran with Jerome d’Ambrosio at Calafat earlier this month, is expected to continue at the Spanish circuit next week and could trial another new driver.

Dragon will run at the same test as Mahindra with Jose Maria Lopez and Maximilian Guenther.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is likely to use its final days in Mallorca, while DS Techeetah is also set to use up its remaining allowance.

E-racing365 understands that Virgin Racing staff have been at Audi’s base in Neuburg to make initial preparations ahead of a shakedown test at the end of the month.

The British team is yet to formally announce its expected customer deal with Audi.

Venturi is likely to run at Ales once more where it could also again host its powertrain partner HWA which has previously attended tests with Gary Paffett.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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