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.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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