Manufacturers homologated for Formula E season two

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The eight manufacturers that will supply powertrains to teams for the second Formula E season have been approved and homologated by the FIA ahead of the first official test next week.

For season one, teams were restricted to series’ own SRT01-e powertrain that was produced by Renault in a bid to keep costs low.

In a bid to offer more creative freedom and encourage innovation from the second season, teams are now able to produce and race with their own powertrains.

After confirming the eight manufacturers for season two back in February, the FIA announced earlier this week that all had been approved and homologated accordingly.

Below is the official entry list for the second Formula E season, with the powertrains being listed on the right hand side.

2015-2016 FIA Formula E entry list

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport (DEU) – ABT Schaeffler FE01
Andretti Formula E Team (USA) – Andretti ATEC-01
Dragon Racing (USA) – Venturi VM200-FE-01
DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team (GBR) – VIRGIN DSV-01
Mahindra Racing Formula E Team (IND) – Mahindra M2ELECTRO
NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team (CHN) – NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001
Renault e.Dams (FRA) – RENAULT Z.E.15
Team Aguri (JPN) – SRT01-e
Trulli Formula E Team (CHE) – Motomatica JT-01
Venturi Formula E Team (MCO) – Venturi VM200-FE-01

So in short, the only teams that will not be producing the powertrains in house are Team Aguri and Dragon Racing. Dragon has signed an agreement with Venturi to use its powertrain, whilst Aguri will stick with the season one package.

The first pre-season test takes place on August 10 and 11 at Donington Park in England.

An IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Talladega? Drivers have discussed it

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If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is interested in an IndyCar iRacing event on an oval, he might like the latest idea being kicked around by NTT Series drivers.

“I personally would want to run at Talladega, but I don’t think that’s an option,” Arrow McLaren SP driver rookie Oliver Askew told NBCSports.com in a Friday interview about his simulation work for the second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “IndyCar drivers have a group chat with iRacing, and someone had the idea of running at Talladega, and I thought it was brilliant.”

It actually would be a throwback of sorts as a USAC-sanctioned race with Indy cars at Talladega nearly happened 40 years ago.

The IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be running its second consecutive road course Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN or streaming here).

Of the four remaining races in the six-race series, there’s a chance that three of them could be ovals: A Drivers’ Choice track April 11; a “Random Draw” April 18 and a non-IndyCar “Dream” track May 2 (the April 25 race will be at Circuit of the Americas).

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IndyCar drivers are voting on next week’s track, and the options include high-speed ovals such as Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway.

A multicar crash at Talladega last October. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Talladega apparently isn’t on the list for next week, but surely it could be considered for a future race if it meant having Earnhardt in the field. The 15-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver is a six-time winner at Talladega, and the NASCAR on NBC analyst’s family is synonymous with the 2.66-mile oval where his late seven-time champion father won a record 10 times.

“I hope he can make that happen,” Askew said of racing against Earnhardt. “I hope IndyCar can grant his wish on that.”

The addition of Earnhardt would fit well with an IndyCar iRacing Challenge that already features champions from NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson) and Supercars (Scott McLaughlin).

Will Power would like to see more of that.

“I think that would be great if we can get big-name drivers from other series,” Power said. “Getting a couple guys from Europe would be cool.”