What do you get when legendary Italian design house Pininfarina teams up with Formula E team and constructor Mahindra Racing to develop a vision of the electric sport’s future? This. This is what you get. Behold: sex on wheels. (NB also called “concept designs”. We prefer our label.)
It was confirmed last month (see Current E March 2016 magazine) that Formula E would be sticking with the single chassis for the grid from season five onwards in a bid to keep costs down. The tender is out now, with bids to be submitted by the summer. The brief referenced the outlandish designs put forward by F1 teams Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren; whereas those are merely poster material or dreams of the technology that engineers would like to see make its way into F1, Formula E actually wants to build these sorts of radical cars. Not in 15 years’ time. No, Formula E wants the next generation of spec chassis, on track in 2019, to look like these.
Enter Mahindra with a set of scintillating concepts released today.
“Mahindra is a pioneer of EV technology that is always striving to push the boundaries of this exciting new form of mobility,” said chairman of the Mahindra group, Anand Mahindra, in the official press release. “Our participation in the Formula E championship gives us yet another platform to co-create the future of mobility. While these innovative designs are a creative project at this stage, I would be thrilled to see the M5Electro look like this.”
Pininfarina chief creative officer Fabio Filippini added: “Formula E is one of the most exciting signs of the changes underway in the automotive world as well as in motor racing. Its success is the proof. Exercising our creativity on these sketches allowed us to imagine the evolution of this formula. A possible contribution of Pininfarina to the future development of a Formula E car would be a highly motivating challenge, fully consistent with our mission of creators and innovators in the automotive field.”
For now, we see spy hub motors, mad aero, holographic driver name projectors and canopy-enclosed cockpits. And we like them very much.
All images courtesy of Mahindra Racing.