***Panasonic Jaguar Racing covered the most ground over three days of testing at Valencia with a total of 876 miles completed.
***Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler had the second-highest distance of 821 miles, ahead of DS Techeetah on 755. Meanwhile, series debutant HWA Racelab accumulated 544 miles in its first-ever running with the Venturi VFE05 package.
***Williams Formula 1 test driver Oliver Rowland, who e-racing365 revealed as Alexander Albon’s Valencia test replacement, completed 49 laps on Friday afternoon for his first seat time in the No. 22 Nissan e.dams IM01 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
***Nissan Global Motorsport boss Michael Carcamo stated that the team did have reserve drivers available but wouldn’t disclose precisely who they were. “We actually had several reserve drivers but it just wasn’t anticipated at the time, as it happened very late,” he said.
***Nissan has a week to nominate a full-season replacement for Albon should the Thai-British driver leave the team, as expected. Albon, who is currently second in the FIA Formula 2 standings, was originally announced as a Nissan Formula E driver four weeks ago.
***Dragon is the only other squad that is yet to complete its Season Five lineup. The American team is expected to confirm either Maximilian Guenther or Antonio Fuoco early next month.
***Three in-season tests are set to take place in Season Five at Ad Diriyah, Marrakesh and Mexico City. The first will be open to female drivers on December 16, while the annual rookie test will again take place in Morocco on January 13. A third test is likely to be scheduled for February 17.
***Filming days apart, Formula E teams will be unable to test between Valencia and first practice of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December. The cars and freight for the Saudi Arabian season opener are scheduled to leave on November 20.
***Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is using the same active brake supplier the German manufacturer used for its LMP1 program. The Munich-based LSP Innovative Automotive Systems GmbH company now supplies the Formula E team’s IBSe ‘brake-by-wire’ system. Although the LMP1 system was hydraulic compared to the electronic package used in the Audi e-tron FE05, some of the software is believed to be similar.
***Most Formula E manufacturers are believed to be using the LSP-supplied IBSe package. Only DS Performance is known to have developed its own bespoke in-house brake-by-wire system.
***E-racing365 understands that Formula E is in talks with the BBC and YouTube about showing races next season. The BBC talks, which are likely to come to a conclusion by the end of this month, are understood to be about coverage on the British broadcaster’s ‘red button’ option.
***Formula E has announced that Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) will continue to broadcast each round of the championship for a further two seasons across the Indian sub-continent, reaching homes across multiple countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
***New Envision Virgin Racing signing Robin Frijns has been reunited with Chris Gorne, his former engineering head at the Andretti team. Team principal Sylvain Filippi described Frijns as “an extremely driven and motivated guy. Don’t be fooled by his sometimes super-chilled attitude because he is very driven.”
***A dedicated Audi Sport engineer is working with the Envision Virgin team at Valencia this week. E-racing365 understands that Audi’s Formula E project manager Tristan Summerscale has a technical overview of the Silverstone-based team’s progress.
***NIO team boss Gerry Hughes believes Tom Dillmann has “injected a new level of energy into the team.” Dillmann gets his first full-time opportunity with the Chinese squad this season after sporadic outings for Venturi in seasons three and four. “Tom is intelligent, articulate and naturally quick and makes a really good pairing with Oliver,” said Hughes.
***NIO has confirmed that it delivered 1,766 of its ES8 electric road cars last month. The Chinese manufacturer’s CEO Xie Dongying indicated to Chinese media yesterday that 10,000 could be delivered by the end of 2018. Another NIO model, the ES6, is scheduled to be revealed in mid-December.
***Britsh Formula Three race winner Jamie Chadwick was an interested observer at Valencia on Friday. The 20-year-old, who was present as a guest of NIO, is known to be speaking to several parties about taking part in the Ad Diriyah test in Saudi Arabia.
***Rebellion Racing LMP1 driver Thomas Laurent is known to be looking for a seat at the Marrakesh rookie test in January. The 20-year-old French driver has no single-seater experience as he transitioned to sports cars direct from karting, but he quickly forged a strong reputation by finishing second in class at Le Mans last year.
***Single-seater racer David Beckmann was also in attendance at Valencia talking to teams about a potential test drive in Marrakesh. The German driver currently sits fifth in the GP3 Series points after claiming three wins for the Trident team.
***E-racing365 understands that Dragon is still evaluating a potential factory move from its existing Donington offices to a new base at Silverstone. A move is likely to be made early next year as it continues to build up its team after a significant staff overhaul since the end of Season Four.
***The Fisher Stevens-directed film about Formula E is aiming to premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The movie, featuring Oscar winner Leonardo di Caprio, was shot over the course of Season Four.
***Di Caprio, an investor in the Venturi team, is also involved in the co-production of the initiative with his company Appian Way Productions.