Ds Virgin Racing Team Principal Alex Tai has hinted that his team will move back towards a single motor system by saying he will be “surprised” that anyone continues with a dual motor system for season three.
For season two, the British team decided to pursue a dual motor system which added weight to the rear of the car. Due to that added weight at the rear, the car became much harder to handle, which their drivers frequently complained about during the season. Also, the extra weight left them over the 888kg minimum weight.
Without trying to give too much away during the London ePrix, Tai said he would be surprised if teams move towards or continue with the dual motor system.
“I think I will be surprised if we see any dual motor system next season. We will obviously, have to review the mistakes that we had made from season two and see how we can improve for next year, I can’t confirm if we will move away from the dual motor system, but there is every possibility that we could change it for next season,” said Tai.
Tai believes that they won’t have an idea of how competitive their season three car will be until we reach Hong Kong for the first race of the season.
“I don’t want to talk too much about testing because it is still early days, but as far as we are concerned it seems to be going very well, but we said this at the beginning of last season. So we will not find out how competitive we are in Hong Kong, as the tests at Donington might not reveal how our car will perform on street tracks.
“We are confident that we have taken away some of the errors we have made in season two, but we can’t underestimate the other teams, as they won’t stand still. Therefore, we will once again have very strong competitors next season,” said Tai.
Ds Virgin Racing will have Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez, who replaced the outgoing Jean-Eric Vergne as their drivers for season three, which gets underway on October 9th, 2016.