Virgin Racing made the Formula 1 record books in 2012 when it became the first F1 car to be developed using computational fluid dynamics.
With Formula E being a major step with regards to technical innovation, it was no surprise to see Virgin catch onto the bandwagon, being one of ten teams fielding two cars during the series’ inaugural season.
In an interview with FIAFormulaE.com, Team Principal Alex Tai explained the considerations that need to take place when setting up a team for this new series.
“In its first year, the series will have the challenge of new race cars at new venues with new teams and drivers,” said Tai. “Virgin enjoys a challenge and the first year as a team in this series is certainly going to provide that.
“We’re putting together an experienced team of the best minds to give us the best chance of success, but the thrill of any sport is the unpredictability. The Virgin team’s aim is to win and looking at the team we’re building, I rate our chances. The fun will be in seeing if we can win. I know we will enjoy the journey.
When asked what had initially attracted him to the series, Tai explained that: ”Virgin has a history in pioneering new ways of doing things, not just because of a sense of adventure, but also to find better ways of doing things. Formula E is exactly that.”
Tai, as many of the team principals and mechanics that will be involved in the series, has yet to have his hands on the Spark-Renault SRT-01E. He has also yet to narrow down on who will be the team’s drivers during the inaugural season.
“We are finalizing our driver line-up and will be announcing them soon. We have been delighted with the level of interest in the series and in Virgin Racing so we had to make some tough choices.”
With Virgin being based in Britain, many are wondering if Virgin Racing will pick up any British drivers. Sam Bird, Ben Collins and Katherine Legge are just a few of the British drivers currently members of the Formula E Drivers’ Club.
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