As motor sports aficionados across the world get set to witness the first ever FIA Formula E championship, the world's first fully-electric racing series, the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team is ready to prove its mettle at the race. It is the eighth and the only Indian team to join the E racing series. India’s own Karun Chandhok and Brazil’s Bruno Senna are the team’s drivers for the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
The championship will include 10 races in its first season in city-center locations around the world, including London, Beijing and Los Angeles. This global race is designed to raise awareness about the usage of electric vehicles in the grim phase of environmental degeneration as well as to give a boost to the EV industry.
“The Formula E series has already created a significant interest globally and this race will provide the necessary impetus to the EV ecosystem, serving as a platform to propel R&D around the electric vehicle industry and pave the way for a sustainable future. The race will be an amalgamation of kinesthetic intelligence, technology and design, exemplifying the importance of electric vehicles in the context of modern mobility,” said Chetan Maini, Director of Formula E Racing & CEO Mahindra Reva.
Mahindra Reva is a pioneer of electric vehicle (EV) technologies and one of the world's most experienced EV manufacturers. Founded in 1994 as the Reva Electric Car Company, the company was a joint venture between the Maini Group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA. Reva focused on creating affordable electric cars through advanced technology and launched its first model in India in 2001 and in London in 2004.
In May 2010, the Mahindra Group acquired a majority stake in the company, which was renamed Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd. Mahindra Reva is headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The company manufactures cars, licenses out its electric vehicle technologies, electrifies existing platforms, and helps to deliver integrated zero-emissions mobility solutions.
Mahindra is no stranger to international motor sport, with Mahindra Racing already establishing itself within the two-wheeled world of the MotoGP™ World Championship. The Formula E will be broadcast on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 2.
Born: Chennai, India, January 19, 1984
Chandhok has been a leading force in Indian motorsport from the earliest moments of his career. The Chennai born racer was the winner of the first ever Formula Asia V6 Championship, and also the first driver for A1 Team India in the former A1GP Series. Chandhok went on to race in Formula One’s strongest feeder series, GP2 in 2008, the year he first partnered with Senna. The duo would meet again in 2010 when both made their F1 debut with the HRT team.
Chandhok made a one-off appearance in Formula 1 in 2011, at the German Grand Prix for the Team Lotus F1 team. In 2012, Chandhok won the inaugural Race of Champions Asia event as part of Team India with Narain Karthikeyan. In 2013, Chandhok competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, incorporating the prestigious Le Mans 24 hours, becoming the first Indian ever to start the infamous endurance event.
Born: Sao Paolo, Brazil, October 15, 1983
The Senna name is synonymous with international motorsport, but Bruno has carved a career in his own right. The Sao Paulo native forged out a strong career in the junior categories culminating in finishing the 2008 GP2 Series as vice champion. Senna began his Formula 1 career in 2010 with the HRT team, in which he was partnered with Chandhok. Having gained valuable experience, Senna moved to the Lotus Renault GP team in 2011 as Reserve Driver, being promoted to race driver half way through the season. Senna’s F1 career continued in 2012 when he raced for the Williams F1 team, scoring valuable championship points for the team during the course of the season.
Senna competed in the prestigious Le Mans 24 hours for the second time in 2013, having raced in the event in 2010 and in an action packed season, also raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, American Le Mans Series and Brazilian Stock Car V8s in 2013. Senna continues to race in the FIA WEC in 2014, which will dovetail around his Formula E commitments.
About Mahindra Reva
Mahindra Reva is a pioneer of electric vehicle (EV) technologies and one of the world’s most experienced EV manufacturers. Founded in 1994 as the Reva Electric Car Company, the company was a joint venture between the Maini Group of Bangalore and AEV LLC of USA. Reva focused on creating affordable electric cars through advanced technology and launched its first model in India in 2001 and in London in 2004.
In May 2010, the USD $16.5 billion, Mahindra Group acquired a majority stake in the company, which was renamed Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd. Mahindra Reva is headquartered in Bengaluru, India.
Mahindra Reva exemplifies the Mahindra Group’s vision of the Future of Mobility. The Future of Mobility envisions an automotive ecosystem that brings Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost-effective (the 5 C’s) mobility solutions to customers across the world. Today, Mahindra Reva has one of the world’s largest deployed fleets of electric cars – customers in 24 countries have driven their Revas petrol-free for over 200 million kilometers. The company manufactures cars, licenses out its electric vehicle technologies, electrifies existing platforms, and helps to deliver integrated zero-emissions mobility solutions. The company’s new factory in Bengaluru, the first automobile plant to get platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council, capable of producing 30,000 cars per year, was inaugurated in August 2012.
Mahindra Reva was ranked 22nd in the prestigious ‘Fast Company’ magazine listing of the Top 50 Most Innovative Global Companies of 2013 in addition to numerous awards and recognition. The company also won the ‘Innovation’ award from respected Italian magazine, Focus, during March 2013. It is one of only three global companies to have received this award for the development of the new ‘Mahindra e2o’ and the new environment friendly plant at Bengaluru.
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About Mahindra Group
The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise through solutions that power mobility, drive rural prosperity, enhance urban lifestyles and increase business efficiency.
A USD 16.5 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 180,000 people in over 100 countries. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership. In addition, Mahindra enjoys a strong presence in the agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel, commercial vehicles and two wheeler industries.
In 2014, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000, a comprehensive listing of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies, as measured by revenue, profit, assets and market value. The Mahindra Group also received the Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award in the ‘Emerging Markets’ category in 2013.Published 11 Sep 2014, 14:18 IST