At a lunchtime press conference in London today, Faraday Future, the California-based mobility company, announced a long-term alliance with the FIA Formula E team Dragon Racing, becoming the core technical partner and title sponsor of the team.
The new team name will be Faraday Future Dragon Racing, and the partnership will officially initiate at the beginning of Season 3 (2016/2017) at the Formula E Hong Kong ePrix on October 9, 2016.
Faraday Future and Dragon Racing will work together to develop key technology software solutions to maximize performance capabilities within the vehicles’ powertrains.
The announcement was made by Faraday Future executives including the new arrival Marco Mattiacci, Global Chief Brand & Commercial Officer and Nick Sampson, Senior Vice President along with members of the Dragon Racing Team.
At an executive level, Mattiacci will oversee the company’s involvement with Formula E and the partnership with Dragon Racing. With Ian Sampson and his team leading the technical co-operation. Marco commented;
“Formula E has placed a significant emphasis on electric performance and connectivity, which makes it a great fit for Faraday Future. Formula E has leveraged a community of fans and embodies the competitive spirit that we also share.”
With Ian Sampson commenting;
“Partnering with Dragon Racing allows us to further showcase our electric vehicle leadership and technical capabilities in one of the most exciting Formulas in the world. I clearly see Formula E as the right venue to challenge our engineers and technologies in the most extreme performance conditions.”
In the Season 4 (2017/2018) and beyond, Faraday Future and Dragon Racing will work together to implement various Faraday powertrain components, software, firmware, and other hardware as the team sees fit.
This could include Faraday Future motors, gearbox, and the FF Echelon Inverter – the same inverter that will be installed into every future Faraday Future production vehicle. While competing in the Formula E World Championship Series, FF technology will encounter some of the most challenging and strenuous conditions the world has to offer.
Since Faraday Future debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, it had been pursuing an avenue to enter into the series. After it emerged as the title sponsor for the 2016 Formula E Long Beach ePrix, Faraday pursued a path to compete through the Dragon Racing organization, who were among the first teams to commit to the the promise of Formula E. Dragon Racing has demonstrated consistent performance throughout the first two seasons and has set the stage for a promising Season.
Alejandro Agag, FIA Formula E President spoke of the partnership;
“We are thrilled to welcome Faraday Future into Formula E. Faraday Future is a brand that is targeting the highest standard in terms of design, R&D, and manufacturing of electric cars. We couldn’t be happier that they have chosen Formula E to challenge some of the greatest car companies in the world. This announcement again proves that Formula E is truly the future of motorsport.”