Mahindra Racing will supply powertrains to ABT Sportsline when the German team makes its return to Formula E in 2023.
The Indian manufacturer has built its own powertrains since season two, but season nine will be the first time it will act as a supplier to another team.
“ABT Sportsline is one of the top-level race outfits in the world, and we’ve long enjoyed racing competitively against them,” said Mahindra team boss Dilbagh Gil. “It’s an honour to be able to take our powertrain, developed in partnership with ZF, and support the team in its return to the FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.
“Both Mahindra Racing and ABT Sportsline were championship founding teams and its absence in the paddock has been felt hugely. We look forward to seeing the team back winning races in 2023 and we are committed to supporting them with whatever they need to succeed.”
After seven years racing in the series, most of which was spent as the Audi manufacturer team, ABT left Formula E at the end of 2021.
It achieved the teams’ championship in 2018, the year after driving Lucas Di Grassi to the drivers’ title. It had 14 races victories, including a win in the series’ inaugural race in 2014.
ABT aims to use that experience to start off strong as it makes its FE come-back.
“As a customer team, we also want to bring our experience from seven years of Formula E with over 80 races and over a decade of electric mobility at ABT Sportsline to the partnership,” said ABT Sportsline CEO Thomas Biermaier.
“We are looking forward to this new Allgau-India connection and are grateful that Mahindra Racing are supporting us in our comeback in Formula E.
“Mahndra and ABT have a long history together: both brands were founding members of Formula E almost a decade ago, have had many great battles and have jointly driven the development of the series off the track. Now we are continuing our journey within an intense technical collaboration.”
ABT will take delivery of two Mahindra powered Gen3 Formula E cars in October this year. Engineers from the team will also play a part in the development of software, set-up and simulation of the powertrain, and join Mahindra for test days.