The Venturi Formula E squad will become a customer Mercedes operation for season six of the ABB Formula E Championship.
Venturi has been listed as a manufactuer ever since the second season of Formula E, but they have opted to become a customer team for the 2019/2020 season.
The Monaco based team had previously had a technical partnership with Mercedes-affiliate HWA and supplied that operation’s FE team with powertrains last season, will use the same technology that will power Mercedes’ Silver Arrow 01 package and has been developed by its Brixworth High-Performance Powertrains division.
This means using the same inverter, motor, rear-axle components and energy-management software, as well as Mercedes’ cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms.
Venturi and Mercedes have also co-operated over the manufacturer’s allocation of 15 private pre-season test days.
This meant Mortara shared driver development duties primarily with Mercedes racer Stoffel Vandoorne, and also his 2019/20 team-mate Nyck de Vries, 2018/19 HWA FE racer Gary Paffett and Mercedes F1 development driver Esteban Gutierrez.
Susie Wolff, Venturi’s team principal, explained that the switch to becoming a Mercedes customer had been “This development marks a significant step forward for the team and, with my longstanding relationship with Mercedes-Benz.
“I feel very confident that we will enjoy a strong working partnership with our new powertrain suppliers. We made good progress in Season 5 but our plans for Season 6 are even more ambitious and we are doing everything within our power to make sure that we are as competitive as possible before we head to Saudi Arabia for the season opener.”