Venturi is the latest to announce their driver line-up for the forthcoming FIA Formula E electric championship.
Nick Heidfeld, the ex-Formula One German driver and Stéphane Sarrazin, the talented French driver who competes in both Rally and the World Endurance Championship, have joined the Venturi Formula E team.
Nick and Stéphane are both highly experienced drivers who demonstrate the same vision as shared by Venturi’s values and spirit. They constitute the perfect match for the team to succeed and develop in this revolutionary championship.
Nick Heidfeld said:
“It’s new and new means exciting. It feels really special to be part of a starting project that is going to bring a lot to the future of racing and the automobile. I remember when I was young and starting in karting, sustainable development was not in people’s mind. New also means discovering. When you’ve been involved in driving and motorsport at a high level for such a long time, you step into a car and automatically start to compare to what you’ve experienced before. I will try to bring some ideas of what I’ve seen and experienced to help the team perform at the highest level. The team will work as one to find solutions: that’s what I like, to move forward. Working on a car is really interesting and very satisfying when you achieve winning results.”
Stéphane Sarrazin added:
“Being a part of this new championship is amazing. I am excited and motivated to sit in a totally new car with pioneering technology and to undertake a new discipline. In addition, street circuits promise a lot of close competition and fights between good drivers. You have to perform to make people dream. It’s a great way to raise awareness of electric vehicles. I have three years of experience in hybrid vehicle competition, which introduces the concept of being efficient in saving energy and the FIA Formula E series takes this to another level. This is something very important and I want to build on my experience. I am proud to race for Venturi, a renowned pioneer in electric vehicles. This is the future.”
Venturi Automobiles, a leader in high performance electric sports cars, will offer to supply powertrain technology to Venturi Formula E Team and to the other teams participating in the championship in season 2. Venturi Automobiles is the current holder of the FIA world land speed record for an electric vehicle with 495kph (307mph in 2010) and will attempt a new world speed record this summer.
Formula E is the FIA’s new fully electric single-seater championship. The first season starting in September 2014 through to June 2015 will showcase 10 teams, each with two drivers, who will race at speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph) in the heart of 10 major cities including Beijing, Monaco and London. This unique and exciting racing series is designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans whilst accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability.