Formula E Holdings adopts Virgin as the ninth team to enter the FIA Formula E Championship.
The Virgin Racing Formula E Team is based in the UK and will be headed by Team Principal Alex Tai with backing of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson.
Sir Richard Branson stated:
“The launch of the FIA Formula E Championship is exciting news for racing fans but also for those that believe in developing the great electric cars of the future. The need to create fast, dependable and durable race cars will help to accelerate the sector and showcase electric cars to a large global audience. With races around many famous city centres, I am expecting a lot of spectators, plenty of fun and some sparks flying as the competition hots up.”
“I’m absolutely sold on the concept of Formula E and believe that it is a great fit for the Virgin brand. The accessible nature of the series with its races being right in the heart of our great cities, should create a wonderful atmosphere.""The drive to develop new technology appeals to Virgin, which has always been a pioneering organisation. I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in a number of such activities over years, from the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer to Virgin Galactic activities that push technological and human boundaries and capture people’s imagination."
“We have hugely exciting plans and over the next nine months will be revealing new parts to our story on a regular basis, so I’d ask fans and the commercial world alike to ‘watch this space."
Virgin Racing Formula E Team racer
Alejandro Agag, CEO Formula E Holdings, commented:
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Racing Team to Formula E and for them to have chosen the FIA’s new global electric race series to make their return to top-flight motor sport. Having a global brand like Virgin, renowned for their technological innovation and sporting passion, as one of our ten teams is a fantastic addition to the championship and shows their commitment to sustainable mobility."
There's now only one more spot for a team left in Formula, so interested parties better hurry.
FIA Formula E Teams announced to date (9 out of 10):
- Drayson Racing
- China Racing
- Andretti Autosport
- Dragon Racing
- Super Aguri
- Audi Sport ABT
- Mahindra Racing
- Virgin Racing