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Mercedes-Benz EQ Completes First Test

Mercedes-Benz EQ tests its Formula E development car for the first time…

Photo: Mercedes-Benz EQ

Mercedes-Benz EQ conducted its first on-track test at Varano last week ahead of its ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut at the end of the year.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Edoardo Mortara completed the three day test at the Italian circuit, completing 327 miles with its manufacturer development car with which the team is allowed 15 full days and three filming days of running.

The car has been named the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.

“When a new racing car comes to life for the first time and goes out onto the track, that’s always a very special moment,” said Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff.

“Not only have we reached an important milestone for our as yet young team, but we have also laid a solid foundation for further development.

“But there is still a lot of work to do before our race debut when the next season starts towards the end of this year.”

A statement explained that the purpose of the Varano test was to “compile as much information and data as possible about the first version of the power unit and the rest of the drive assembly”.

The new team, along with German rival Porsche, will join the series as a new entrant for the 2019-20 season.

The Mercedes EQ operation will be run by HWA, which is competing as a ‘sleeper team’ this season with a customer Venturi powertrain.

The team will continue on-track running with its development car later this month.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz EQ

Ian James Becomes Team Managing Director

Ian James has been confirmed as the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Formula E Ltd.

James has held a variety of positions within the Daimler group, including a stint at Mercedes-Benz US International in Alabama.

He most recently held the the role of Head of Marketing for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV, and has attended every Formula E race so far this season.

“We are very pleased with the progress made during our first test with the new car,” James said regarding the Formula E car.

“We brought together experts from our different sites at Affalterbach, Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart, and at the end of a successful three days, they left as members of a team – it was the birth of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team.

“In the coming weeks and months, many more milestones will follow on the way to our first race.”

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

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