French car maker Citroen track tested its season two Formula E powertrain earlier this month, Motorsport.com reports.
The tech is likely to find its way into the Virgin Racing cars. The test makes the company the first of the season two manufacturers to get to track with its solution.
The covert run is believed to have taken place on May 11, at the Val D’Or test facility close to Versailles where Citroen Racing is based.
The test, which is the first time one of the eight season-two manufacturers has track tested its technology, is understood to have been undertaken by an official Citroen Racing development driver.
Motorsport.com believes that several innovative electric racing technologies were shaken down at Val D’Or, including either a single-gear or seamless-shift gearbox.
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is currently not allowed in the Formula E technical regulations, but Motorsport.com understands that several parties are lobbying the organisers to allow its use in future campaigns.
Sources indicate that the topic was discussed at the team principals’ meeting at the Berlin event last Friday.
The eight manufacturer teams have purchased new chassis from Spark to fit season-two systems, and Motorsport.com can reveal that these were delivered at the beginning of May.
The Citroen test is the first time one has run on the track but at least two more (Andretti and eDAMS Renault) are expected to test next month.
Citroen is planning to enter Formula E next season under its DS brand, and it is believed that an official announcement concerning a partnership with the Virgin Racing team could be made next month at the London eprix where Sir Richard Branson is scheduled to attend.