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Mahindra beats electric open-wheel record at Goodwood with Formula E car

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Mahindra Racing has set a new benchmark for an electric open-wheel car at the historic Goodwood hillclimb in England after taking part in the final Festival of Speed shootout on Sunday.

Mahindra confirmed last week that it would give its season four Formula E car, the M4Electro, its public debut at Goodwood, some five months ahead of its first race appearance.

Ex-Formula 1 driver and overall Goodwood hillclimb record-holder Nick Heidfeld took the M4Electro to the finish in 48.59 seconds, putting him fifth overall in the final running order. The fastest time of the day was set by Justin Law in a Jaguar XJR12D, who completed the hillclimb in 46.13 seconds.

While Heidfeld may have failed to finish at the top of the timesheets, his effort was still good enough to mark a new open-wheel electric record at Goodwood.

“It’s been an amazing weekend here once again in Goodwood. I’ve come to it many times and the mixture and volume of cars and people here is astonishing,” Heidfeld said.

“It was good fun to drive up the hill, with the target of setting a new electric single-seater record which we managed to do. But I think we have to come back to beat the outright electric record which we didn’t quite manage.

“What was also very positive is that next season’s powertrain, which we showed here for the first time, ran problem free even though we haven’t had many tests with it before, so all in all it was a very good weekend.”

Heidfeld and Mahindra will be back in race action in two weeks’ time at the New York City Formula E race.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“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.”

Timmy Hansen

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.”