NextEV wraps up private testing ahead of third Formula E season
The NextEV Formula E Team has completed its private testing program ahead of the collective sessions at Donington Park next month in the run-up to season three of the all-electric series.
NextEV endured a difficult second season that saw it lack the pace to allow Nelson Piquet Jr. to defend the inaugural Formula E title he won with the team in season one.
Despite making significant progress across the course of the season under the guidance of CEO Martin Leach, NextEV was unable to avoid finishing at the foot of the teams’ championship.
Plans for season three have been moving swiftly for many months, with Leach telling NBC Sports earlier this month that things were going the right way during testing.
“Everything is on plan,” Leach said.
“When you’re going through a whole new development as we are, you’re constantly trying to identify issues and resolve issues.
“Everything is on-track so far.”
On Friday, NextEV issued a statement announcing it had completed its private testing program ahead of the new season, with 11 days’ worth of running under its belt at Calafat in Spain.
“We have been working incredibly hard for some time now on our new car for the 2016/17 season and have our sights firmly set on arriving in Hong Kong very well prepared and with a well-tested car,” Leach said.
“There are some interesting developments for next season, one of which is the increased regeneration levels, and so these technical upgrades have been a part of the work.
“We have been encouraged by our reliability and our programme progress is exactly in line with our planning.
“We look forward to getting on track at Donington for some comparison work against the other teams and to further cementing our strong pre-season testing work and performance.”
NextEV is yet to confirm its line-up for season three, but Leach told NBC Sports that the team has agreements in principle with season two drivers Piquet and Oliver Turvey, both of whom have expressed a desire to remain with the team.
“We have an agreement in principle. The physical contracts are not signed yet, but I don’t anticipate that being a problem,” Leach said.
“So we’re just going through some of the minutiae at the moment. My plan is to stay with Nelson and Oliver if I can.”
The third Formula E season kicks off in Hong Kong on October 9, with collective testing starting at Donington Park at the end of August.