Formula E and FIA introduce ‘Gen3’ racing car

Series of industry-leading design, production and technological innovations in Formula E’s fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient racing car ever.

Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) tonight shared a first look at the third-generation all-electric racing car that will race in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The Gen3 was described by FIA President Jean Todt as: “a machine created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency and sustainability.”

The Gen3 was presented under top-security conditions to an exclusive group of Formula E manufacturers, teams, drivers and partners in Valencia, Spain, where pre-season testing is underway for Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which begins in January.

While Formula E manufacturers are set to take delivery of Gen3 cars in spring 2022 following further intensive development testing on and off the track, the briefing in Valencia disclosed a series of design, performance and sustainability innovations in the Gen3 car:

The world’s most efficient racing car – at least 40% of the energy used within a race will be produced by regenerative braking during the race.

The first formula car with both front and rear powertrains: a new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.

The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes due to the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.

An electric motor delivering up to 350kw of power (470BHP), capable of a top speed of 200mph (320 km/h), with a power-to-weight ratio that is twice as efficient as an equivalent 470BHP internal combustion engine (ICE).

Lighter and smaller than the Gen2 to enable faster, more agile wheel-to-wheel racing.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship creates an environment where high performance and sustainability powerfully co-exist. Leading experts in sustainability at the FIA and Formula E worked closely with engineers throughout the development process to ensure the Gen3 sets the benchmark for sustainability in high performance racing cars.

The Gen3 is the first formula car aligned to Life Cycle Thinking with a clear path towards second life and end of life for all tyres, broken parts and battery cells. In addition:

The Gen3 will be net-zero carbon, maintaining the Championship’s status as the first sport to be certified as net-zero carbon since inception.

All carbon fibre broken parts will be recycled by an innovative process from the aviation and aerospace industry into new fibres reusable for other applications.

A pioneering process will deliver 26% sustainable materials into the composition of tyres.

The Gen3 is powered by electric motors that are substantially more efficient than ICEs as they can convert over 90% of the electrical energy into mechanical energy (motion) compared to approx. 40% in high efficiency ICEs.

All suppliers are held to strict sustainability KPIs, notably achieving FIA 3* Environmental Accreditation certification by Season 9.

Jean Todt, FIA President, said: “The new Gen3 Formula E single-seater is a car created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. The work accomplished by the FIA’s teams together with Formula E, since the launch of the discipline eight seasons ago, tirelessly seek to drive innovation and further the development of sustainable mobility. I have no doubt that this new single-seater will elevate Formula E to the next level.”

Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO, said: “In designing the Gen3 car, we set out to demonstrate that high performance, efficiency and sustainability can co-exist without compromise. Together with the FIA, we have built the world’s most efficient and sustainable high performance race car.

“The Gen3 is our fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient racing car yet. It is a creature designed for its habitat: racing on city streets in wheel-to-wheel combat. We look forward to witnessing it inspire and excite the next generation of motorsport fans in cities around the world from Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”

ENVISION RACING SPARKS SUSTAINABLE CHAIN

• Envision Racing has inspired more than 20,000 sustainability pledges as influencers encourage fans to take action to reduce their carbon footprint as a legacy for COP26
• Aidan Gallagher – United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador, star of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy and musician – pledged to reduce his meat consumption to more than 7 million fans
• UN Environment Programme Ambassador Antoinette Taus and Tik Tok influencers, the Harfin Family also joined the campaign, promising to shop locally, creating nearly a million views since the campaign launched

Envision Racing launched Sustainable Chain to ensure the legacy of its partnership with COP26 lives far beyond the two-week climate summit. An official partner to COP26, the team represented elite sport at the event and championed the role motorsport can play in the race against climate change.

Engaging audiences from policymakers to children and the community, Envision Racing was the only sports team to exhibit in the blue zone and led a range of initiatives across the event. The Sustainable Chain campaign will now aim to inspire one million pledges as individuals are encouraged to act in reducing their individual carbon footprint. The results so far mean 20,000 trees will be planted in the Amazon.

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Envision Racing’s Managing Director and CTO, Sylvain Filippi said: “COP26 represented a huge opportunity to bring everyone together to set bold, ambitious goals that will help us succeed in the race against climate change. What’s become clear is the overwhelming desire from individuals to play their role in carbon reduction targets. Influencers and their followers have kickstarted a sustainable chain that will create a significant legacy from our own presence at COP26.

“Sustainability is in our DNA and we feel it is our role to use the exciting platform of Formula E and the ‘Race Against Climate Change’ sustainability programme to inspire generations to tackle this. We need to ensure we maintain the momentum started by the UK’s presidency, so we can continue to collaborate and realise our world-class innovation to meet carbon ambitions.”

To join the Sustainable Chain and make a pledge, visit: https://envision-racing.com/what-is-race-against-climate-change/make-a-pledge/. To encourage more people to join, post on social media with #sustainablechain.

COP26 also marked the start of a new chapter for Envision Racing as it announced the world leading greentech company Envision would take full ownership of Formula E racing team Envision Racing with immediate effect. Envision ranked second place on Fortune’s 2021 Change the World list, in recognition of its decarbonisation innovations for solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. The list celebrates companies that have made measurable progress addressing pressing social problems as part of their core business strategy.

UNCOMMON GROUP AND ENVISION RACING ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO PRODUCE FAN MERCHANDISE

Leading Formula E Team Envision Racing and Uncommon Limited have today confirmed a partnership to deliver a new range of fan and supporter merchandise.

Uncommon, headquartered in the UK, is respected for delivering world-class sustainable product solutions and boasts an impressive roster of major rightsholders and teams as clients, including Sky Tempesta Racing, Excel Esports and Motorsport UK.

The partnership will see Uncommon develop an exciting array of fan merchandise and memorabilia across a variety of categories for Envision Racing, including replica teamwear, clothing, accessories and gifting.

As one of the founding teams of the FIA Formula E World Championship, Envision Racing — owned by world-leading greentech company Envision Group — boasts an impressive record both on and off the track. Aside from securing 11 wins and 33 podiums in their 84 races, Envision Racing is also a carbon neutral Formula E team (PAS 2060) and one of a handful to achieve the FIA’s Three Star Sustainability Accreditation. It is the only sports team to partner with the UK government to support their ‘Together for our Planet’ initiative and the UN’s COP26 global summit.

The licensing partnership is designed to build upon the creative and powerful fan-focussed marketing initiatives that the Team have delivered over the last 12 months including the award-winning Marbula-E and its collaborations with the NFL and UFC.

Commenting on the announcement, James Mercer, Commercial Director at Envision Racing, said: “Paul and the team at Uncommon have an exceptional track record in delivering products and merchandise for fans and partners which are sustainable, affordable, and of excellent quality. We are excited to be able to deliver more of what our fans are asking for.”

Paul Preuveneers, CEO and Founder at Uncommon, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the team at Envision Racing. Their Race Against Climate Change programme shows true dedication to sustainability – something we’re extremely proud to support. Our focus is thinking creatively to find innovative, sustainable solutions for teamwear and fan merchandise, so this partnership is very much built on shared values.”

WORLD LEADERS ACCELERATE RACE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE WITH ENVISION RACING

World leaders from politics, business and even royalty were inspired to act against climate change by a Formula E car made entirely from plastic waste.

The car dubbed ‘Recover E’ highlights the need for rapid action against plastic pollution and yesterday took centre stage at COP26.
A collaboration between Envision Racing, campaigners Kids Against Plastic, COP26 and Glasgow City Council, the scale replica Formula E race car captured the attention of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

UK PM revs up race against climate change

Envision car at the innovation event at COP26. Photograph: Karwai Tang/ UK Government

Envision Group Founder & CEO Lei Zhang shows the UK Prime Minister Envision Racing’s Recover E race car – a scale replica made from plastic waste collected by schoolchildren.

From Silverstone to Silverburn

Made from 100kg of plastic litter, the car was unveiled at Glasgow’s Silverburn Shopping Centre on Monday before its debut at the conference. The Recover E car will return to the shopping centre from Friday for members of the public to engage in this inspiring work of art.

Envision Racing, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Sylvain Filippi meets with children from Garrowhill Primary to reveal the Recover E car at Glasgow’s Silverburn Shopping Centre.

Amy and Ella Meek, founders of Kids Against Plastic and Pride of Britain award-winners added: “It’s really fitting that the Recover E car has been seen by audiences from school children to shoppers and world leaders because to make change happen, we need everyone, to join a movement of people that are breaking their plastic habits and lobbying for change. It’s been amazing to partner with an organisation like Envision Racing, whose values and goals match ours, and can help put our campaign on the world stage.”

The Recover E car also featured on The One Show on BBC One on 4th November 2021, as presenter Alex Scott (pictured below) admired the finished product alongside Amy and Ella Meek.

NEW SEASON 8 LIVERY REVEALED AT COP26

World leading greentech company Envision Group has announced that it is taking full ownership of Formula E racing team Envision Racing with immediate effect.

Heralding the start of a new chapter for Envision Racing, the announcement was made at COP26, where the team’s new ‘green’ look for season eight was also unveiled. Globally renowned sustainability scientist Professor Johan Rockström joined Envision Racing’s Chairman of Board Franz Jung and Managing Director Sylvain Filippi to officially reveal the new livery.

The new look race car will be driven by Robin Frijns and Nick Cassidy in season eight, as they aim to strengthen Envision Racing’s position as one of the most successful teams in Formula E. During the past seven seasons, the team has recorded 11 wins and 33 podium finishes.

Sylvain Filippi said: “Since becoming a founding member of Formula E, we have been on an exciting journey that celebrates sport, and its potential to influence sustainability. The team exists to accelerate the global transition to electric vehicles and renewable energy – a purpose shared by Envision Group and one that’s inspired the new design of our race car.”

During the summer, part of Envision Group – Envision AESC – shared plans for new battery plants to supply state of the art, next generation batteries for Renault in Douai, France, and for Nissan in Sunderland, UK. The plants could potentially benefit from up to £3.5b total investment by 2030, creating a combined capacity of 60 GW/h and up to 6,000 new high value jobs. Both plants will be powered by 100pc renewable energy and support our global ambition to make high-performance, longer-range batteries for EVs more affordable and accessible for hundreds of thousands more motorists annually.

More recently, Envision ranked second place on Fortune’s 2021 Change The World list, in recognition of its decarbonisation innovations for solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. Fortune’s Change The World list celebrates companies that have made measurable progress addressing pressing social problems as part of their core business strategy.

“Envision Group is recognised as a pioneer in net zero technologies and epitomise the progression that can be achieved through embracing a core purpose of sustainability, said Sylvain Filippi.

“The new design of our Formula E car celebrates Envision Group’s ownership and recognises their unrelenting ambition to accelerate the global transition to net zero. We are proud to be owned by one of the world’s leading, most sustainably innovative companies and this will inspire the continued success of Envision Racing and energise our Race Against Climate Change.”

Envision Racing’s ‘Race Against Climate Change’ has seen COP26 become a focal point for a series of its sustainable initiatives. In the Blue Zone at the Conference, Envision Racing launched the world’s first electric two-seater race car, which utilises fast charging, high performance and long-range electric battery technology created by Johnson Matthey. In collaboration with Glasgow City Council and UK Government’s Together for Our Planet campaign, Envision Racing created a scale replica Gen 2 Formula E car from recycled consumer waste, which was displayed in Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre to raise awareness of the impact of single use plastic on the environment.

The team’s new look, celebrating Envision Group’s ownership, will take to the track in season eight of the FIA Formula E World Championship, with the first race taking place at the Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia on 28 January 2022.

“We would like to thank Virgin for all their support and wish them every success for the future, added Sylvain Filippi. We are raring to go for the new season and hugely motivated about the potential of Formula E in supporting sustainable progress. Formula E World Championship audience numbers were up 32% last season, attracting a record breaking 316 million fans. This creates a huge opportunity to engage people in sustainable technologies and influence positive change.

“Formula E shows that EV technology can more than cope with the safety and performance requirements of modern commuting and road driving, and that car owners don’t need to make any compromise when switching from petrol and diesel engines. Envision Group’s partnership with Envision Racing will help to show the public this in a compelling way. This could play an important part in helping to accelerate the public adoption of EVs, supporting the aims of the UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy as well as EU and global efforts to be climate-neutral by 2050.”

Franz Jung, Vice President of Envision Group and Chairman of the Board of Envision Racing Formula E team, concluded: “Although solving sustainability challenges requires innovative technologies, it also needs creative ways of helping people to understand and engage with new opportunities and ways of doing things. Partnering with Envision Racing helps to achieve this by showcasing the possibilities of electric vehicles, which supports Envision Group’s commitment to achieving decarbonisation.”

WORLD’S FIRST ELECTRIC TWO-SEATER FORMULA RACE CAR TAKES POLE POSITION AT COP26

British-designed race car features new highly advanced battery technology that delivers more performance

Envision Racing in association with Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, are unveiling the world’s first electric two-seater formula race car at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26.

The one-of-a-kind prototype electric racer has been conceived to help accelerate the transition to a net zero future and the advance to clean, sustainable technologies that enable the mass public adoption of electric vehicles.

The electric two-seater race car features the first full-size lithium-ion battery cells using Johnson Matthey’s advanced eLNO® cathode material technology – a family of nickel-rich cathode materials that offers enhanced driving range and battery lifetime.

eLNO® has around 20 percent greater energy density than electric vehicle cathode material technology on the road today, resulting in a battery cell energy density of around 200 Wh/kg for a total 47kWh capacity and an output of 585 volts for the electric race car. This means longer travel distance between recharging and a maximum power output of 250 kW at the wheels (around 326 horsepower), a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph) and 0-60mph in 3.2seconds.

The pioneering cathode material’s fast charging, high performance and long-range capabilities are perfectly suited to the rigours of track racing and show the vast potential of transferring the technology from track to road.

Envision Racing’s Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Sylvain Filippi said: “The two-seater race car has been specifically designed to test and push the battery performance to its extreme. This battery technology is unlike anything else we’ve seen before, and we wanted to create a prototype car that would really put it through its paces and showcase its huge potential.

“Challenging on-track trials will provide an accurate indication of how the battery could perform in commercial use. It won’t be required to reach the same speeds away from the track but will face other modern commuting and road-driving demands that require strong, reliable battery performance. These really are next generation batteries with the potential to revolutionise the wider public adoption of EVs.”

Johnson Matthey’s eLNO technology is on schedule to be commercially manufactured in 2024, with the batteries being earmarked as suitable for the performance requirements of large passenger cars and SUVs.

The Envision Racing development team focused on optimising all aspects of the racer’s design to deliver extraordinary on-track performance. It features a dedicated two-seater carbon-fibre monocoque platform that is designed and engineered to accommodate the driver and an additional passenger in tandem formation. The car will run slick tyres to provide optimal mechanical grip and a low wear rate that minimises tyre waste.

“As the very first public application of our eLNO technology, the two-seater race car will provide a stunning next step in bringing our ground-breaking technology to market,” said Christian Gϋnther, Battery Materials Sector Chief Executive, Johnson Matthey. “Not only will the racer generate valuable test data, but we look forward to giving passengers the opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of a high-performance electric race car.”

The electric two-seater race car will make its full debut in the Blue Zone at COP26, which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland from 31 October – 12 November. Its introduction forms part of the Envision Racing Team’s ‘Race Against Climate Change’ sustainability programme, which aims to inspire generations to tackle climate change.

Envision Racing are the only sports team to exhibit in the Green and Blue Zones at COP26. The Green Zone is open to the public and will see the team unveiling its Season 8 Formula E car for the first time. Attendees will also get the chance to put their own driving skills to the test as they record their fastest virtual Formula E lap on the team’s state-of-the-art racing simulator.

At COP26, Envision Racing will also challenge the issue of plastic consumer waste in a collaboration with Glasgow City Council and UK Government’s Together for Our Planet campaign, which has culminated in the creation of a Formula E race car made entirely from plastic waste. The plastic waste car will be displayed from 1-7 November at Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre to engage the local community, before being unveiled in the Blue Zone at the World Leader’s Summit.

Sylvain Filippi concluded: “COP26 is a perfect platform for world firsts such as the electric two-seater formula race car. It shows the far-reaching possibilities for sustainable technologies and creates excitement and intrigue that can help inspire positive attitudes and actions.”

Team Signs New Multi-Year Platinum Partnership with Algorand Foundation

‘Greenest blockchain’ Algorand partners with ‘the Greenest Team on the Greenest Grid’ Envision Racing to ensure the next generation of blockchain adoption and innovation is environmentally friendly

Envision Racing have today announced a new multi-year partnership that will see the Algorand Foundation become the team’s Platinum Partner.

The Algorand Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the global promise of blockchain technology by leveraging the power of the Algorand protocol and its ecosystem, to enable everyone to harness the potential of an equitable, truly borderless, digital economy, built on a carbon-negative network, that will help sustain a better planet.

Like Envision Racing, the Algorand Foundation has a commitment to a sustainable future built on cutting edge innovation and high-performance, backed by durability and reliability forged in the heat of real-world competition.

This collaboration sees the Algorand Foundation become a partner of the team’s innovative ‘Race Against Climate Change’ sustainability programme, created to help amplify the fight against climate change and accelerate the movement to zero emission vehicles. Envision Racing will also work with the Algorand Foundation to strengthen its community initiatives, including supporting the Foundation’s developer and innovator community events.

“Sustainability and addressing the climate crisis through the deployment and adoption of innovative new technology is core to why we exist. We’re delighted to be partnering with the Algorand Foundation because, whilst blockchain technology provides many interesting new opportunities for us, and many other organisations, Algorand’s technology allows us the unique opportunity to deploy blockchain in the most environmentally responsible way”.
Franz Jung, Vice President of Envision Group and Chairman of the Board of Envision Racing Formula E team

Sean Lee, Chief Executive of the Algorand Foundation, added: “The Algorand Foundation, in its mission to build awareness of the Algorand blockchain and it’s rapidly growing ecosystem, had been seeking a global partnership that would deliver that increased awareness on a platform that delivered the passion and excitement of highly competitive sports but that would also parallel the key sustainability values of the Algorand ecosystem. We’re thrilled to partner with Envision Racing, with whom we have so many amazing synergies.”

Lee continues: “The Algorand blockchain has been built from the outset to have the smallest possible carbon and energy footprint, and to provide a uniquely sustainable blockchain platform for innovators around the world who want to create technology that has sustainability at its core. We look forward to supporting each other in our missions to show that sustainable, climate friendly innovation is the optimal approach to creating our future technology and economies.”

As one of the founding teams of the FIA Formula E World Championship, Envision Racing — owned by world-leading greentech company Envision Group — boasts an impressive record both on and off the track. Aside from securing 11 wins and 33 podiums in their 84 races, Envision Racing was the first carbon neutral Formula E team (PAS 2060). It is also one of a handful to achieve the FIA’s Three Star Sustainability Accreditation, and the only sports team to partner with the UK government to support their ‘Together For Our Planet’ initiative and the UN’s COP26 global summit.

The team’s new Season 8 livery featuring the Algorand Foundation logo will first be seen at the UN’s COP26 global climate conference. The new-look car will be displayed in the Green Zone at COP26 from Monday November 1st until Friday 12th.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT – KIDS LEAD THE RACE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

• Envision Racing collaborate with campaign group – Kids Against Plastic, COP26 and Glasgow City Council – to create scale replica Formula E race car from single use plastic waste

Envision Racing has collaborated with Kids Against Plastic – a campaign group founded by inspiring sisters Amy and Ella Meek – to elevate the voice of young people and demonstrate the importance of youth engagement in the race against climate change. Inspired to make a positive change after learning about the UN Global Goals, the Meeks have focused their efforts on collecting single use plastic litter and encouraging children, schools, businesses and councils across the UK to do the same by becoming “Plastic Clever.”

Three years since the European Parliament voted for a total ban on plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws, drink stirrers and plates, Plastic Oceans estimates that 10 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the oceans each year. Figures show the world produces more than 380 million tonnes of plastic annually, and up to 50% of that is for single use.

The 1:1 scale replica Formula E car has been made from 100kg of plastic litter collected by Kids Against Plastic and the school litter picks to highlight the role of plastic reduction in the race against climate change. Taking more than 700 hours, the replica has been created by British design studio Lazerian.

The Recover E initiative has engaged schools across the UK and aims to raise awareness of the issue of single use plastic on a global stage to accelerate change in the race against climate change. The participants have included a Primary 7 class of children from Glasgow City Council School, Garrowhill Primary School who also took part in a litter pick and the class will attend the unveiling at Silverburn Shopping Centre on 1 November.

Amy and Ella Meek, founders of Kids Against Plastic added: “It’s really fitting that the Recover E car will be seen by audiences from school children to shoppers and world leaders because to make change happen, we need everyone, to join a movement of people that are breaking their plastic habits and lobbying for change. It’s been amazing to partner with an organisation like Envision Racing, whose values and goals match ours, and can help put our campaign on the world stage.”

“Plastic has long been regarded as a villain when it comes to the environmental efforts of economies across the globe. Billions of tonnes of plastic waste are estimated to have been produced, with only a small percentage being recycled.
Envision Racing, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Sylvain Filippi

“Calls to tackle the plastic problem have led to a raft of green initiatives and the emergence in recent years of sustainable packaging solutions aimed at tackling plastic waste, such as the UK’s imminent plastic packaging tax. The time for action is now and the fantastic efforts of young people such as Kids Against Plastic and schools like Garrowhill Primary show the next generation is driving the race against climate change.”

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years said: “Our children and young people have been able to take part in so many wonderful opportunities in the run up to COP26 and as part of a climate legacy for our schools.

“I know that the pupils at Garrowhill Primary had an amazing day when the Envision Racing team visited their school and they were able to help collect the litter that’s now incorporated into the racing car – recycling in perfect harmony.

“They will have a great day at Silverburn when they get to see the car in all its glory.”

ENVISION RACING CONFIRMED TO EXHIBIT AT COP26

The Envision Racing Formula E Team has been confirmed as an exhibitor at the UN conference which will bring together world leaders to commit to urgent climate action.
The motorsport team – which has been working with the Together for Our Planet campaign on the road to COP26 – is the only sports team to have a presence in both zones at the event.

Envision Racing has teamed up with COP26 to encourage global action against climate change. The event – which is taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow – will welcome world leaders, businesses, and citizens from 31 October – 12 November.

Envision Racing’s Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Sylvain Filippi said: “As the world’s attention is on Glasgow, we are reminded that we have a global platform to showcase the true potential of electric vehicles as we compete in cities across the world. Our innovative technology will transition from track to road as EVs are widely adopted and we believe that electric mobility is at the heart of the environmental transition we are witnessing today.

“However, the issue of climate change is not a spectator sport and we each have a role to play. To achieve UN goals, we need to act as individuals, businesses and governments. Therefore, we will be announcing a range of initiatives around COP26, partnering with school children, campaigners, policymakers, communities and industry as we seek to engage, motivate and enable audiences to address climate change before it is too late.”
– Sylvain Filippi

The team will be located with exhibits in the Green and Blue Zones and will lead a series of initiatives across the event and city to engage and inspire positive climate change action. The Green Zone’s main atrium will provide the fitting stage for Envision Racing to unveil its Season 8 Formula E car for the first time. The Green Zone is open to the public and on Level 1, attendees will get the chance to put their own driving skills to the test as they record their fastest virtual Formula E lap on the team’s state-of-the-art racing simulator.

In the Blue Zone, which brings together delegations from 197 countries and hosts the negotiations, the team will be showcasing pioneering new battery technology by displaying its British-designed and manufactured two-seater electric race car in association Johnson Matthey – a world first. Here, Envision Racing will also challenge the issue of plastic consumer waste in a collaboration with Glasgow City Council and the ‘Together for Our Planet’ campaign, which has culminated in the creation of a Formula E race car made entirely from plastic waste. The plastic waste car will be displayed from 1-7 November at Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre to engage the local community before being unveiled in the Blue Zone on the COP26 Transport Day (10 November).

Using the exciting platform of Formula E and the team’s ‘Race Against Climate Change’ sustainability programme, the Envision Racing team aims to inspire generations to tackle climate change. The team will accelerate the UK’s transition to electric vehicles and support UK government targets around decarbonisation and achieving net zero by 2050.

Tickets for COP26 are available here: https://greenzonetickets.ukcop26.org/home

STREETWISE FRIJNS FIGHTS FROM 21ST to 12TH BUT CAN’T CLAIM MAIDEN TITLE

ENVISION RACING LEAVE BERLIN EMPTY-HANDED BUT KEEP UP THE FORMULA E TITLE FIGHT RIGHT UNTIL THE END

The curtain came down on the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with the Envision Racing team starting Round 15 on the apron of Berlin’s Tempelhof airport at the rear of the grid and both the Team’s and Driver’s title hopes realistically out of reach.

Heading into the Berlin race weekend the team were in a good place. Despite not having won an E-Prix in 2021, both drivers were in contention for the title, and Envision Racing actually headed the Team’s championship with Frijns just six points off top spot of the Driver’s standings as the teams touched down in Germany.

Underlining how quickly fortunes can vary in the rollercoaster world of Formula E, Robin Frijns’ title aspirations looked a long way away as the Dutch driver started the final race of the season in 21st place, just three slots ahead of team-mate Nick Cassidy, but Frijns has proved that a less than ideal qualifying is no barrier to bagging serious points.

All season long, due to him qualifying in Q1 and therefore generally being disadvantaged by unfavourable track conditions, Frijns has registered an average qualifying position of 17th, yet he’s scored points in seven of the 11 races this season. Truth is, you can never count out Frijns with his canny racecraft and ability to save energy…but even ‘Professor’ Frijns couldn’t make up the positions required to win the championship in Germany.

However, as the season finale got underway it looked as though all was not immediately lost for Frijns as three title contenders were wiped out of contention. Firstly, a violent start line crash brought out the red flag as Edoardo Mortara ploughed into the stationary Jaguar of Mitch Evans and at the restart on the reversed Tempelhof layout there was more drama as title hopeful Jake Dennis suffered a huge off at turn one triggering a full course yellow.

Doing his best to make the most of a tricky situation, Frijns did what he has been doing best this season, and with 15 minutes remaining had moved up to 14th from 21st. With 13 minutes left a safety car triggered by a collision between Lucas di Grassi and reigning champion António Félix da Costa closed up the field with Norman Nato leading, Oliver Rowland and Stoffel Vandoorne and the action up front was relentless, but for Frijns the front of the field was just out of reach.

After a brutal 45 minutes plus one lap of the unforgiving Berlin Tempelhof track former champion hopeful Frijns ended up an impressive 12th, underlining his season-long knack of fighting through the field and never giving up. Further forward a dramatic multi car dash for the win saw Nato hang on to win as de Vries claimed his maiden Formula E crown.

“It has been difficult to find the right direction this weekend,” stated Frijns. “It has been painful for everybody in the team as everyone has worked really hard, especially coming to Berlin leading the championship. But we just couldn’t find the pace in free practice or qualifying. However, generally speaking over the course of the season we have been consistent and competitive – we’ve had ups and downs, but we will be back stronger and try again next season.”

Frijns’ team-mate Nick Cassidy endured a hard slog at the back of the field, ending up in 17th, but the Kiwi can look back on a rookie Formula E season that has yielded two podium finishes and two pole positions and his racing stock has risen considerably.

“Generally I feel that I’ve shown so much potential with strong pace in qualifying and the races, but I could’ve done better in terms of results,” revealed Cassidy. “The car has been great and I’m really proud of the guys in the team and everyone at Envision Racing, but I am annoyed and frustrated as I think we could have achieved more.“

Reflecting upon the season and the final two races, Envision Racing’s Managing Director & CTO Sylvain Filippi said: “It has been a challenging weekend for us. We struggled to find the pace on this track and didn’t score any points as a result. And, of course, with the championship being so tight this has made a huge difference in the standings and we lost our lead in the championship. However, we have learned some valuable lessons here and the result does not detract from the tremendous job that the team has done this year.

“This season has been a rollercoaster and the most unpredictable yet in the history of Formula E. We keep learning and evolving, we have a competitive car and a fantastic team that I am so proud of, so I am looking forward to Season 8 which I am sure will deliver even more fantastic racing!”

Franz Jung, Vice President at Envision Group and Chairman of the Board for the Envision Racing team commented: “I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone at Envision Racing for their continued hard work this season. As an independent team, to finish the season in such a strong position and to have been in with a chance of winning both championships right up until the final two races is a great achievement.”

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 15):
1. Nyck de Vries 99pts
2. Edoardo Mortara, 92pts
3. Jake Dennis, 91pts
4. Mitch Evans, 90pts
5. Robin Frijns, 89pts
15. Nick Cassidy, 76pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 15):
1. Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, 183pts
2. Jaguar Racing, 172pts
3. DS Techeetah, 170pts
4. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 165pts
5. Envision Racing, 165pts