One of Formula E’s most respected engineers, Jacky Eeckelaert, has joined the Venturi team, moving from Faraday Future Dragon Racing after a single season with the American squad.
Eeckelaeart, who also worked for the Abt team in the first two seasons of Formula E, will predominantly work on Venturi’s Season Five car. The Belgian is also expected to attend the majority of races as well as an engineer on one of the Venturi cars.
The Season Five design will feature increased input from engineering specialist, ZF Group. The German company was announced as a significant technical partner with Venturi in August.
So far, ZF has concentrated on vehicle dynamic development but according to Venturi Technical Director Franck Baldet, this will expand significantly in seasons four and five.
“In Season Four, ZF is involved with mainly the gearbox,” Baldet told e-racing365. “It will be a completely new gearbox for us and then [in] Season Five, ZF will [focus] the majority on the inverter, motor and also gearbox.”
Eeckelaert, who lives in Monaco where Venturi is based, has a rich history in racing dating back to the 1970’s when he worked with Ford.
He was a driving force of the successful KTR F3 team in the 1980’s before moving into Formula One with Peugeot and Jordan in the following decade.
After spells with Prost GP, Sauber and HRT, Eeckelaert’s F1 career ceased in 2012 when he joined the Abt Sportsline team, first in DTM and then Formula E.