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Andretti Formula E and Wirth Research combine for the charge on the FIA Formula E Championship


Andretti Formula E and Wirth Research combine for the charge on the FIA Formula E Championship

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2014) – Andretti Autosport has reunited with Digital engineering specialists Wirth Research as it prepares to compete in the world’s first international all-electric race car series.
Andretti Autosport and Wirth Research, two great names in international motorsport, have worked successfully together before – most notably in two of Andretti Autosport’s four IndyCar Series title-winning seasons (2004 with Tony Kanaan and in 2005 with Dan Wheldon) and with victory in the 2005 Indy 500 with Wheldon (all wins achieved with an Andretti Dallara-Honda).
Wirth Research will now provide Andretti Formula E with vital engineering services for its assault on the new FIA Formula E Championship, which begins in Beijing in September.
Based in Indianapolis, Ind. and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Formula E is one of only 10 teams accepted by the FIA for the inaugural Formula E Championship, with car build and all pre-season testing taking place during May and June at the Donington Park Racing Circuit in England.
With its previously successful association, Oxfordshire-based Wirth Research –in the heart of motorsport valley and only a short drive from Donington – is perfectly placed to assist Andretti Autosport in this exciting new technology-racing venture. Wirth’s virtual engineering technologyincludes flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services and an advanced driver-in-the-loop simulator.
Testing and full race simulations for Formula E take place on track in July and August, prior to the cars being transported from the UK to China for the eagerly anticipated opening round.
Michael Andretti CEO of Andretti Formula E, said: “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. We are building a strong team of management and drivers that will complement Wirth’s expertise, and look forward to a success inaugural season.”
Nick Wirth, President of Wirth Research, said: “I am delighted that we have been chosen by Andretti to support them in the new Global Electric Race Series with our engineering services. Technology, sport and environmental issues combined with safety are of great importance to both our companies. 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. We are looking forward to being part of this new and exciting form of racing.”


2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship

September 13, 2014 Beijing, China
October 18, 2014       Putrajaya, Malaysia
December 13, 2014 Punta del Este, Uruguay
January 10, 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina
February 14, 2015 TBA
March 14, 2015 Miami, USA 
April 4, 2015  Los Angeles, USA
May 9, 2015 Monte Carlo, Monaco
May 30, 2015 Berlin, Germany
June 27, 2015 London, UK
About Andretti Formula E
In July 2013, Andretti Formula E became the first American team announced to the world’s premiere fully-electric global racing series at a launch held at the team’s Indianapolis-based headquarters. Made up of 10 teams with representation around the world, the series and teams will take delivery of the first FIA Formula E race cars in July at a Donington Park event. Pre-season testing of the car begins late summer with the first race going green this September in Beijing.
Andretti Formula E will field two entries for 10 rounds of global competition; sponsorship and driver information will be announced at a later date.
The team’s American open-wheel counterpart, Andretti Autosport, currently fields multiple entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series along with multiple campaigns in the Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda Championship. It is one of the most well-known and decorated teams in US motorsport with four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the world-famous Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007).  Michael himself boasts a racing career spanning more than 20 years competing in CART and Formula One with a remarkable 42 victories in CART, a runner-up on five occasions and second on the list of the most IndyCar laps led, just behind his father Mario.
About Wirth Research
Wirth Research is a fast growing innovative engineering company specialising in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors. Founded in 2003, the business pioneers the use of advanced virtual engineering technologies, developed in-house, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process reducing the need for wasteful manufacture of development models and prototypes. These include flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services and a driver-in-the-loop simulator.

Wirth Research has a long-term partnership with Honda Performance Development Inc (HPD) on the design, development and manufacture of the multiple championship-winning ARX sports car programme. In 2013, the cars secured both the LMP1 and LMP2 class titles in the American Le Mans series and won the LMP 1 Privateers award both series scored numerous race wins in both series (including Sebring 12 hour and the Le Mans 24 hour races, in LMP2) and the LMP1 class title in the American series.