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The FIA announced today the eight manufactures that have been selected to develop technology for the second season of Formula E.

For the 2014/15 season, the 10 team have all compete with same powertrain supplied by McLaren Electronic Systems, but from 2015/16 the championship become an open formula allowing manufactures to develop their own technology.

All eight manufactures went through a tender process and an in depth analysis before being selected by the FIA.

Eight Manufactures:

  • Abt Sportline
  • Andretti
  • Mahindra
  • Motomatica
  • NEXTEV TCR
  • Renault Sport
  • Venturi Automobiles
  • Virgin Racing Engineering

Despite it becoming a open formula the manufactures will only be allowed to develop the powertrain, specifically the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system.

In a recent interview, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag explained why the championship has limited development of aerodynamics and focused on the powertrain.

“One of our objectives from the beginning was to promote technology competition but we cannot do that as organisers of the championship,” Agag said

“We need ‘actors’ to join and to develop technologies to fight against each other in the races. Through this fight we improve the technology and then with this improved technology we improve electric cars in general.”

Following on from the developments of season two, the manufactures will extend their efforts to the batteries, with the objective being to use of a single car per driver from the fifth season onwards.

The eight manufactures are currently developing their new powertrians with homologation to happen around April/May and the first of the new cars to hit the track in early July.

Charlie Price – charlie@sportscarglobal.com