The team formerly known as Amlin Aguri and, for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship known simply as Team Aguri, will be no more after this weekend’s Formula E season finale at Battersea Park in London.
The team has confirmed a sale of its license to new investors, and so London this weekend will be the sign off for the team created by Aguri Suzuki and Mark Preston.
Team Aguri won in the first season of the series with Antonio Felix da Costa but has a slightly more difficult second season, with several different drivers and doing upgrades from the Season One powertrain rather than going for a fully new chassis/powertrain combination.
“I am proud to say that Team Aguri can be considered true pioneers in the development of electric vehicles, pioneering new technologies and showcasing them to the world,” Preston said in a team release.
“While this is the final chapter in Team Aguri’s history in the FIA Formula E Championship, this also represents the start of something new, with the sale of the team to new investors. As such, this will be the final race for Team Aguri and I would like to thank all involved for their hard work and dedication over the past two seasons.”
Added Marc Faggionato, Team Aguri Owner: “Team Aguri has established a reputation as an outfit known for its technological excellence, dedication to innovation and has become a firm fan favourite”.
“I would like to thank all involved, from our staff, to our partners and our fans – all of whom have been integral to our successes. I wish our staff and the new owners the very best of luck for the future.”
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”