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Rosberg Reveals Formula E Investment; To Test New Car

Nico Rosberg has revealed he has an investment in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship…

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Nico Rosberg has revealed he has an investment in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after making public that he will demonstrate the series’ new car next month.

The 2016 Formula 1 World Champion is believed to have become close to the championship and acquired his investment last summer.

Rosberg visited Formula E Holdings’ offices in London in July and then experienced his first E-Prix at the Hong Kong opener in December.

Rosberg’s demonstration in the Season Five Formula E car will take place just before the Berlin E-Prix on Saturday, May 19. The German will get approximately ten minutes of running with a car.

“I’m really excited to get behind the wheel of the Gen 2 car,” said Rosberg.

“It will be great to experience this high-performance e-mobility car and let’s see if I still have it in me! It makes it even more special that I’m able to do this at the Berlin E-Prix, as I’ve always loved racing in my home country – Germany.

“Since my retirement, I’ve become very interested in the e-mobility movement and its potential to positively impact our society and our planet.

“I’ve therefore also long believed in the potential of Formula E and came on board as an investor some time ago.”

Formula E boss Alejandro Agag acclaimed the F1 champion’s commitment to sustainable racing and EV technology and said it was a “great moment” for the all-electric championship.

“To see a name like Rosberg taking the wheel of the Gen 2 car in front of the German fans in Berlin is a great moment for the series,” said Agag.

“He’s such an incredible ambassador for world motorsport and a champion – so it’s also another fantastic endorsement for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to have Nico as an investor and shareholder of Formula E.”

An investment in the championship would not preclude Rosberg taking up other appointments such as a role with the Mercedes operation in the future.

Some drivers are known to also have a stake in the championship and SECA, the owner of the Techeetah team, is also an investor in Formula E.

The HWA operation which has been tipped to enter Formula E next season is expected to announce its program shortly.

It is likely to utilize a customer powertrain which could be known as a ZF in deference to the ZF Group which has designed and built the season five package which was recently tested by Venturi.

ZF has been a long-time technical partner of HWA and Mercedes.

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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