Mahindra unveils Formula E car for final Gen2 season

Mahindra has taken the covers off the revised M7Electro that it will campaign in the final season of Formula E’s Gen2 era in 2022.

Mahindra M7Electro
Mahindra M7Electro
1/4

Photo by: Mahindra Racing

Mahindra M7Electro
Mahindra M7Electro
2/4

Photo by: Mahindra Racing

Alexander Sims, Mahindra
Alexander Sims, Mahindra
3/4

Photo by: Mahindra Racing

Rowland Oliver, Mahindra
Rowland Oliver, Mahindra
4/4

Photo by: Mahindra Racing

The Indian outfit revealed a brand new livery on Thursday, with Mahindra's corporate red becoming the primary colour on the car in a departure from its previous two-tone colour scheme. Blue accents are also clearly visible on the front wing and both sides of the cockpit, carrying sponsorship logos from team's powertrain manufacturer ZF.

Mahindra enters season 8 with a refreshed driver line-up, with one-time FE race winner Oliver Rowland joining from Nissan to partner incumbent Alexander Sims.

Alex Lynn, who scored his maiden FE win with Mahindra in London, has split with the team and will move to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022 with Chip Ganassi and its second Cadillac DPi-V.R entry.

Mahindra also announced that Nick Heidfeld will step down from his position as its official reserve and reserve driver, but will continue to remain involved in the team as a special advisor.

Ex-IndyCar and Formula 2 driver Jordan King will, however, remain Mahindra's development driver for a second season, with his role primarily involving simulator work at the team's Banbury facility.

"On the cusp of a new season, we are thrilled to reveal our new race car," said team principal Dilbagh Gill.

"We head into our eighth year of competition reinvigorated and working hand in hand to maximise our package with the fantastic partners we have; including ZF and Shell, whose technology forms key parts of our M7Electro."

The M7Electro carries forward the same powertrain hardware as the one used in the 2021 season as part of Formula E's new two-year homologation cycle. However, the Indian manufacturer has been able to make major gains on the software side as it continues its recovery up the pecking order.

Lynn scored the outfit's first victory since 2019 in the returning London E-Prix in July, with an impressive drive from third on the grid in the second of the two races at the ExCeL centre.

Sims finished on the rostrum in Rome and would have likely repeated that result in Valencia if it wasn't for the energy management crisis that followed after a late safety car period.

However, a "messy" campaign prevented Mahindra from finishing higher than ninth in the teams' championship, albeit just five points behind the factory Porsche team and a further nine behind Mercedes customer Venturi.

The 2022 Formula E season begins with the Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia on January 28-29. Teams will get to test their cars prior to that in Valencia from November 29 - December 2.

shares
comments
De Vries, Vandoorne to test IndyCars at Sebring
Previous article

De Vries, Vandoorne to test IndyCars at Sebring

Next article

Nato didn't see his future in Formula E before Venturi exit

Nato didn't see his future in Formula E before Venturi exit
Load comments
Why Maserati's shift to Formula E is a win for both sides Prime

Why Maserati's shift to Formula E is a win for both sides

Maserati will make a full-factory return to racing, joining the Formula E grid in 2023 with a view to electrifying its road car portfolio. In that regard it makes sense for Maserati - but it's also a win for the series as it seeks to rebound from losing three of its heavyweight German giants in the space of a few months

Formula E
Jan 11, 2022
The fundamental questions facing a Formula E junior series Prime

The fundamental questions facing a Formula E junior series

As Formula E prepares to enter its new Gen3 era, many have pondered the prospect of its existing machines continuing in a feeder category. But before such a programme could be embarked on, there are several important questions that must be satisfactorily answered.

Formula E
Jan 4, 2022
De Vries: Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Prime

De Vries: Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Formula E
Dec 7, 2021
Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong Prime

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong

Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-22 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives

Formula E
Dec 3, 2021
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams Prime

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Prime

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021
How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself Prime

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series.

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Prime

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021