LONDON – Ahead of the finale for the inaugural FIA Formula E season in London this weekend, Andretti Autosport has announced the formation of Andretti Technologies, a new company focusing on new innovations and advanced engineering.
The second Formula E season will see eight of the teams design their own powertrains working as manufacturers, with Andretti being granted this status back in January.
In a press conference in London ahead of this weekend’s ePrix, the formation of Andretti Technologies was confirmed in partnership with TE Connectivity. The latter’s colors will don the Andretti Formula E cars this weekend.
Andretti Technologies will be chiefly responsible for the design and production of the powertrains used by the Andretti Formula E Team from season two, which is set to kick off this fall.
“On behalf of Michael Andretti, who regretfully can’t be here today, I am proud and pleased to announce for you the formation of our newest company called Andretti Technologies,” executive vice president J.F. Thormann said on Friday.
“Andretti Technologies will serve as the advanced engineering arm across all of the Andretti companies.”
Director of motorsport development Roger Griffiths echoed Thormann’s thoughts, and explained how Andretti would be working alongside TE Connectivity.
“We are very excited about the new partnership between Andretti Technologies and TE,” Griffiths said. “We believe we have found a company that not only matches our passion for innovation and engineering in the arena of electrified vehicles but also shares our competitive spirit on the track too.
“A relationship that originally started on the racetrack in Indianapolis and has grown ever since, we are very proud to have TE continue to be part of the Andretti family.”
The new partnership will see the Andretti Formula E cars race with TE Connectivity branding this weekend and during pre-season testing in England over the summer.
“The livery on the car we have today is what we’ll have through this weekend and through the testing programme,” Griffiths said.
“As we move to season two, we’re sure we’ll see some updates on that, and that could potentially be the source of more exciting announcements to come.”