Mercedes Formula E car debuts on track

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The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has achieved a major milestone with the first outing for the new car at Varano, Italy.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara completed the first series of tests for the EQ Silver Arrow 01. The car covered a total distance of 527km (327 miles) in the shakedown and on the two test days.

The objective of the testing was to gather as much information and data as possible about the first version of the power unit and the rest of the drive assembly.

Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, said, “When a new racing car comes to life for the first time and goes out onto the track, that’s always a very special moment.

“Not only have we reached an important milestone for our as yet young team, but we have also laid a solid foundation for further development. But there is still a lot of work to do before our race debut when the next season starts toward the end of this year.”

“We are very pleased with the progress made during our first test with the new car,” said Ian James, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Formula E. “The first days of testing at Varano were a very important step in the development of our team. We brought together experts from our different sites at Affalterbach, Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart, and at the end of a successful three days, they left as members of a team – it was the birth of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team. 

“In the coming weeks and months, many more milestones will follow on the way to our first race.”

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