Skip to main content

Faraday Future joins Formula E racing and will provide related technology

Faraday Future Dragon Racing Formula E car
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Faraday Future is going Formula E, the race series for electric cars. The Chinese-backed carmaker today announced a technical partnership and sponsorship agreement with Dragon Racing, which will be renamed Faraday Future Dragon Racing. Now that’s a name that will strike fear into the hearts of other racers.

The agreement spans three seasons, and calls for Faraday to gradually get more involved in the design of race cars. For the 2016-17 season (Formula E’s third), Faraday’s R&D team will work with Dragon Racing to “improve overall drivetrain performance,” and help with data acquisition and analytics, and simulator design. In season four, Faraday will start testing some of its technology on Dragon Racing’s cars, including a new power controller.

By season five, Faraday and Dragon expect Formula E to introduce a new chassis that will replace the Spark-Renault SRT_01e used by all teams since the series’ launch. Faraday will add its own “powertrain components, software, firmware, and other hardware.” This could include everything from motors to the “FF Echelon Inverter” that will be used in Faraday’s production electric car, which is scheduled to launch by 2018.

Read more: Michelin tire tech helps ensure Formula E’s future

This level of involvement is made possible by Formula E rule changes. In the series’ first season, all teams were required to run identical cars. For the current season, which ends this weekend with a pair of races in London, teams were allowed to design certain powertrain components themselves. That trend toward greater design freedom is expected to continue.

Dragon Racing has been competing in Formula E since the start, finishing second in the team-points standings last year. Its pair of drivers include Jerome D’Ambroiso and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Loic Duval, both of whom will return next season. Dragon currently uses powertrain components supplied by French boutique carmaker Venturi Automobiles.

The next season of Formula E kicks off October 9 with the Hong Kong ePrix. In addition to Faraday Future, Jaguar will also join the series. Audi, Citroën sub-brand DS, Mahindra, and Renault already back teams.

Editors' Recommendations

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
Faraday Future appoints BMW i8 exec as new CEO

The story of embattled electric-car startup Faraday Future has taken another turn. Carsten Breitfeld, who previously ran BMW i, will take over as CEO from Jia Yueting, the company said in a statement. The Chinese entrepreneur will become Faraday's "chief product and user officer," according to the company. Faraday said it is also seeking a new "global chairman."

Breitfeld is no stranger to electric cars. As head of BMW i, he oversaw launch of the BMW i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car -- two radical designs from one of the auto industry's biggest players. Breitfeld also helped start Chinese electric-car startup Byton, and most recently served as CEO of another Chinese firm, Iconiq Motors. But he has his work cut out for him at Faraday Future.

Read more
Porsche 99X Electric Formula E race car carries the weight of great expectations
porsche 99x electric formula e race car



Read more
Acronis helps Formula E teams protect potentially race-winning data
The Formula E Swiss E-Prix with a car racing in the street.

Like everyday road cars, race cars rely on software. The storied bond between driver and machine has been augmented with quite a lot of code. Race teams also log massive amounts of data in order to monitor the health of their cars and improve performance. All of that data needs to be protected, which is where Acronis comes in.

It's a hot July day in New York City's Brooklyn borough. Formula E electric race cars are being prepped to go out on track for a practice session. When they come back, it'll be time to pull data from them. Acronis provides different services, such as security, data backup, ransomware protection, and disaster recovery to businesses. But it was also in the garages of three of the teams racing in the Big Apple -- Nio, Venturi, and DS Techeetah. Acronis claims its software helps Formula E teams protect their data, as well as analyze it.

Read more