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Teams Continue Pre-Homologation Testing

Several teams testing Gen 2 Formula E cars ahead of homologation…

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ABB FIA Formula E Championship manufacturers have continued testing and development of Gen 2 cars this month prior to the homologation deadline next month.

It’s officially unknown which teams are running in what’s to be considered full Season Five-spec although e-racing365 believes that Audi, DS and BMW are the leading manufacturers either in final or close-to-finalized specifications.

BMW completed one day at its Miramas test facility in France last week as it continues the pre-homologation testing of the BMW iFE.18.

The BMW team, which will still have operational input from Andretti next season, will also complete a further development day following next month’s New York E-Prix.

DS Performance was in action this week at an undisclosed location with Andre Lotterer behind the wheel of the DS E-Tense FE 19 after a previous test earlier this month was slightly curtailed due to a temporary spare parts shortage.

Lotterer and Techeetah teammate Jean-Eric Vergne have been employed as test and development drivers prior to the formal announcement of Techeetah and DS’s partnership at the end of next month.

NIO, meanwhile, is running in Calafat on Thursday with the team putting additional miles on the Chinese manufacturer’s new car, which features a new special testing livery. Both Oliver Turvey and Luca Filippi are believed to be in attendance.

Nissan completed a three-day test prior to the Zurich E-Prix, while Audi ran at Mallorca with Lucas di Grassi last week, where the majority of its testing has been undertaken, on various track configurations.

“These were very long, but very smooth and effective days here in Spain,” reigning champion di Grassi said.

“We worked very efficiently and ticked off point after point on our to-do lists, preparing ourselves for the beginning of the new season.”

Venturi and Dragon, meanwhile, have been running in France and Spain, respectively.

Jose Maria Lopez completed further testing and development of the Penske EV-3, fresh from his second place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Venturi had Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara on hand for its test at the Ales-Cevennes test facility last week. Recently-announced new Team Principal Susie Wolff did not attend the test.

Mahindra and Panasonic Jaguar Racing have not tested in recent weeks but Jaguar could conduct a day in the UK this week with the Jaguar I-Type 3.

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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