On December 15th, the 2018 ‘SAUDIA’ AD Diriyah E-Prix will kick start the fifth season of the FIA ABB Formula E championship. The much-awaited race will take place in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, for the first time in the Middle East, and will see brand new Gen2 Formula E cars buzz through the streets of UNESCO World Heritage site Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh.
Racing fanatics and fans have bought their tickets through http://fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah and are looking forward to seeing whom out of the 11 teams, will prevail victorious. Here are the 11 teams that will battle for glory at the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix before going head to head at 12 subsequent races at both classic street circuits such as Monaco as well as exotic venues such as Marrakesh and Sanya.
Envision Virgin Racing – UK
Having raced since the inaugural season of Formula E, Envision Virgin Racing has teamed up with Audi for season five after DS Automobiles partnered with rival team Techeetah. Their drivers this season are British Sam Bird and Dutch Robin Frijns, who will utilise the Audi e-Tron FE05 powertrain in the new Gen2 car.
HWA Racelab – Germany
A newcomer this season, the entry of Mercedes affiliate HWA is likely to be a first step before Mercedes rumoured official entry to the series next year. HWA cooperates closely with Mercedes’ AMG performance division in other racing series such as the German Touring Championship (DTM) and Formula 3. The team will race with the Venturi VFE05 drivetrain, driven by reigning DTM champion Gary Paffett and former McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
Geox Dragon Racing – USA
The team, originally founded in 2007 and headquartered in Los Angeles, competed in the IndyCar Series until 2014 when they became one of the founding FIA Formula E teams. So far, the team has captured two Formula E victories. The Geox Dragon Racing cars are fitted with Penske EV-3 drivetrains and will be driven by German Maximillian Günther Argentinian José Maria López.
Nissan e.Dams – Japan
Nissan joins Formula E this year after partner manufacturer Renault withdrew from the series to focus on Formula 1. They are partnered with French auto racing team DAMS, which has extensive experience from various Formula series. They have developed the Nissan IM01 drivetrain to power their Gen2 cars, and signed Thai Alexander Albon and Swiss Sébastien Buemi to drive them.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing – UK
After years in Formula 1, Jaguar joined Formula E in 2016, and took their first podium in the Hong Kong race of the 2017-2018 season. With plenty of electrical competency in partner Panasonic, the team have developed the Jaguar I-Type III drivetrain for their cars. Their drivers, Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. and New Zealand’s Mitch Evans, have raced several Formula E seasons before.
Venturi Formula E – Monaco
One of the founding teams of Formula E and with roots to Monegasque luxury electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi, the team is ready for the fifth season and have developed the Venturi FE05 drivetrain for its Formula E cars. This season, the team has brought on Brazilian Formula 1 legend Felipe Massa, who will drive side by side with Swiss team mate Edoardo Mortara.
NIO Formula E – UK
The team won the Driver’s Championship of the inaugural ABB FIA Formula E season with Nelson Piquet Jr, and now rely on the British Oliver Turvey and Italian Luca Filippi to bring the crown home once more. Having raced in Formula E since 2014, the team has strong Formula E pedigree for their cars, this season being powered by the NIO Sport 004 drivetrain.
Mahindra Racing – India
After competing in various MotoGP motorcycle racing classes, Mahindra turned to Formula E in 2014 to become one of the ten founding teams. It remains the only Indian team to have raced in Formula E. This year, the team has fitted their Gen2 cars with the Mahindra M5Electro drivetrain and has signed Belgian Jérôme d’Ambrosio to join Swedish Felix Rosenqvist and German Nick Heidfeld on the track.
BMW I Andretti Motorsport – Germany
BMW have partnered with the omnipresent US racing team, which has won the IndyCar Series four times amongst other accolades, to take on Formula E. Their cars are fitted with the BMW IFE.18 drivetrain and driven by British Alexander Sims and Portuguese António Félix da Costa.
DS Techeetah – China
French manufacturer DS Automobiles left Virgin Racing to team up with Chinese team Techeetah: together they form DS Techeetah. DS Automobiles developed the DS E-Tense FE 19 drivetrain for this season’s cars. Their seasoned Formula E star drivers are Jean-Eric Vergne from France, who won the driver’s title in 2018, and André Lotterer who represents Germany.
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler – Germany
Audi has competed in Formula E since the inaugural season and started developing drivetrains in-house after deregulation in 2015. This season, they have fitted the cars with the Audi e-Tron FE05 drivetrain, also sold to Envision Virgin Racing. Their drivers are German Daniel Abt and Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, who have raced for the team every season since the series inception.