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Andretti Formula E team partners with ex-F1 firm Wirth Research

Formula E launch, Donington

Andretti Autosport will partner with ex-Formula 1 firm Wirth Research for its Formula E programme.

Michael Andretti's team and Nick Wirth's company have previously collaborated in sportscar racing, with what was then Andretti-Green running the Wirth-designed Acura LMP2 car in the American Le Mans Series from 2007-08.

Wirth also provided technical support to Andretti's IndyCar efforts in the mid-2000s.

"We couldn't be more excited about the upcoming FIA Formula E season and partnering with Wirth Research for all of our Formula E engineering services," said Andretti.

"We are building a strong team of management and drivers that will complement Wirth's expertise, and look forward to a success inaugural season."

Wirth ran the Simtek F1 team in the 1990s before a spell as technical chief at Benetton, with his company also responsible for the initial Virgin/Marussia F1 cars.

"Technology, sport and environmental issues combined with safety are of great importance to both our companies," Wirth said of the Andretti partnership.

"The engineering challenges for this championship will be unique, and getting the most out of the cars' features, such as the driver-controlled energy recovery and 'push to pass' power boost with its interactive vote, will be an interesting challenge."

The new championship's 10 teams recently took delivery of their first cars, with testing beginning at the series' Donington Park base in July ahead of the inaugural season commencing in Beijing in September.

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