Season five saw the introduction of the Gen2 car and Attack Mode to Formula E.
The new Attack Mode was also introduced, allowing drivers to gain an extra 25kw during the race if running off-line. The team ended their partnership with powertrain supplier DS and became an independent team. They then entered a technical agreement with OEM Audi Sport who supplied their homologated Gen2 car to the team. At an official launch event at the team’s new Silverstone Headquarters it was announced that team owners, Envision Group, would also act as title sponsors and the team became Envision Virgin Racing.
Dutchman Robin Frijns, who had previously spent two seasons racing in Formula E, joined the team alongside Sam Bird at the launch event. The e-tron FE05 proved to be a very competitive car, with Bird winning the hottest race on record in Santiago. Frijns got his first FE win during the first official wet-race of the championship in Paris and then ended the season on a high – finishing the final race of the season on the top spot. After a bout of non-points scoring races, the team ended the season in third place.