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REVEALED: ZF Group Set to Partner With Mahindra

Mahindra is expected to soon announce a major new partnership with ZF…

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Mahindra Racing is expected to confirm a major new technical partner ahead of the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

E-racing365 can reveal that the ZF Group is in line to become an official partner of the Indian manufacturer with an official announcement expected to be made shortly.

Mahindra has previously collated and developed its own technical package since the advent of Formula E powertrain freedom at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Now, the Indian manufacturer is set to work closely with ZF, which is formally known as ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

The global technology company could provide Mahindra with the majority of its future powertrain package in addition to vehicle dynamic engineering and other key engineering services.

It is expected that ZF will provide a new and bespoke powertrain for the 2020-21 season. This will be the campaign where the second specification of the current rules iteration are introduced by the FIA.

E-racing365 understands that ZF’s partnership with Mahindra will come through its E-Mobility division based in Schweinfurt, Bavaria.

This is the same engineering cell which worked with Venturi on various aspects of its technical package for the last three seasons.

Venturi announced its new customer deal with Mercedes-Benz earlier this week, ceasing its relationship with ZF.

Mahindra is highly likely to have an unchanged lineup for its 2019-20 Formula E campaign with Pascal Wehrlein and Jerome d’Ambrosio set to continue with the UK-based Indian manufacturer.

Wehrlein was under an option within his contract to stay at Mahindra for a sophomore season, while d’Ambrosio is believed to have been signed on for another season-long deal.

E-racing365 revealed last month that Wehrlein was believed to have been approached by the Mercedes EQ Formula E team about a potential test in August as it continued to evaluate drivers for its first campaign.

Mahindra’s preparations for the coming season continued in Spain this week where development driver Sam Dejonghe conducted testing with the new car which will be known as the Mahindra M6Electro.

Mahindra will move from its current Banbury base to another location in Oxfordshire later this fall.

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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