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Teams Continue Pre-Homologation Testing

Several Formula E teams have been testing over the last few weeks…

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Several ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams have already been out testing their 2019-20 packages in the few weeks since last month’s season finale.

Envision Virgin Racing got its first taste of the Season Six Audi powertrain as it was given one of the German manufacturer’s test days at the end of July.

E-racing365 understands that the team is likely to have used the Vaalerbanen facility in Norway for a day’s testing.

Sam Bird is likely to have conducted the test as Robin Frijns had just completed DTM duty at Assen during the week the test took place.

Audi receives an extra seven days of testing due to its supply of a powertrain to Envision Virgin Racing, while customer teams such as Envision Virgin don’t have any of their own allocation.

It’s believed that the Silverstone-based team will get more running ahead of the 2019-20 season start in November in addition to the official three-day pre-season test at Valencia.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport conducted two days of running this week at Calafat with Alexander Sims and Max Guenther getting time in the pre-homologation test car.

The new Mercedes EQ squad is also testing throughout this week with Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara running in the morning and Stoffel Vandoorne in the afternoon at the Mallorca facility.

E-racing365 revealed on Tuesday that Esteban Guttierez will also join the test. The Mexican is scheduled to run on Friday with the test wrapping up on Saturday.

Nissan e.dams has also been out testing with Oliver Rowland at the wheel of the team’s development car which is running in a new single-MGU configuration for the first time in France.

The team is set to have several days of running this month ahead of homologating what is expected to be known as the Nissan IM02.

Mahindra continued to accrue miles on its new 2019-20 powertrain at Calafat last Thursday, meanwhile.

Jerome d’Ambrosio conducted the running which included evaluating the new Brembo brake materials which were trialled for the first time.

E-racing365 understands that the testing has come within Mahindra’s 15 allocated manufactur test days.

GEOX Dragon completed a filming day with its 2018-19 technical setup in Spain on Monday with Jordan King at the wheel.

The team had completed an initial shakedown at Turweston airfield near its base at Silverstone prior to leaving for Spain.

It is believed that the team also continued more serious running with the new for 2019-20 powertrain yesterday as well.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing is understood to be eyeing more post-homologation test days in September and October rather than any significant running this month as it works on an evolution of the race winning I-Type 3.

Meanwhile, Andre Lotterer will get his initial experience of Porsche’s first ever all-electric single-seater later this month.

E-racing365 believes that most teams will have at least one week of an unofficial shutdown this month before the traditional launch season kicks in from the end of August through to early October, ahead of the promoters’ test in Valencia.

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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