Mahindra submits fan track designs for New Delhi Formula E race to FIA
Mahindra Racing has submitted over 100 fan-created track designs to the FIA for consideration ahead of a possible Formula E race in New Delhi, India.
Mahindra announced earlier this year that it would be accepting possible designs for a new street circuit in New Delhi, with a Formula E race known to be under discussion.
In the video above, Formula E sporting director Benoit Dupont casts his eye over the submissions ahead of creating a shortlist that will then be submitted to the State Government of New Delhi.
“This is a truly unique approach to designing a race track,” Dupont said.
“It is a wonderful exercise to strip away the restrictions we normally associate with track design and to be open to anything, leading to very creative ideas.
“It’s not easy to design a race track but many of the designs were very well thought through. I believe they are ready to consider as a viable footprint for a race track in New Delhi.”
Mahindra team boss Dilbagh Gill added: “We were very impressed by the response of our fans and also the quality of the designs they submitted. Aiming to keep the process very open, we gave little instruction except an approximate track length of 2-3km, but many designs went so far as to plan the pit lane, team garages, run off areas and even the location of the e-Village.
“It was a valuable exercise for the team because we quickly saw patterns emerging in the designs. Most submissions focused on a small number of locations. This gives us a very strong idea of what locations would work, but also what locations the fans want to see us put on a Formula E race in New Delhi.
“I’d like to thank everyone who submitted their designs. We want to share this video with them to show exactly how seriously we are taking each design. There will be an India ePrix in the near future and our fans have played a valuable and much appreciated role in bringing the race to India.”