Secretive electric car startup Faraday Future opened its door slightly with an announcement of a three-year technical partnership with Formula E race team, Dragon Racing.
This creates a new race team now called “Faraday Future Dragon Racing.”
The team’s first race will take place at Formula E’s third season opener, the Hong Kong ePrix on October 9, 2016.
Dragon Racing’s existing drivers, Jérôme d’Ambrosio and Loïc Duval, are scheduled to drive for the new team.
During the announcement in London, Nick Sampson, Faraday Future’s senior vice president global R&D and engineering said, “Partnering with Dragon Racing allows us to further showcase our electric vehicle leadership and technical capabilities in one of the most exciting Formulas in the world.
“I clearly see Formula E as the right venue to challenge our engineers and technologies in the most extreme performance conditions.”
The new team’s focus the first year is to refine data acquisition and analytics with a view to improving vehicle simulation models that can help to improve performance and efficiency of the race car.
The following season — 2017/18 — will see work begin on the implementation of various powertrain components, software and firmware produced by Faraday.
This could include Faraday Future motors, gearbox, and the FF Echelon Inverter – the same inverter that will be installed into every future Faraday Future production vehicle.
Other than a concept car, a single seat race shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Faraday Future has provided scant information of what their actual production electric will look like or any details about the powertrain.
The company has stated it plans to introduce their first production model in 2018.
Perhaps their involvement with Formula E will reveal some idea of what to expect when it arrives.