- Abt previously partnered with Audi for initial seven-year run in the sport
- German motorsport specialist returning for next season
Abt Sportsline has announced it will use Mahindra powertrains for its return to the all-electric Formula E series next season.
The German outfit last competed in Formula E in 2021, having been racing in the championship for its first seven seasons.
The team previously partnered with Audi, but this will not be possible for Abt’s return as the Formula One-bound, Volkswagen-owned outfit is leaving Formula E.
Instead, the Abt motorsport specialist has opted to partner with Banbury-based Mahindra Racing, which races under an Indian licence.
Abt confirmed its comeback to Formula E in May.
“ABT is one of the top-level race outfits in the world and we’ve long-enjoyed racing competitively against them,” said Dilbagh Gill, chief executive and team principal at Mahindra Racing.
“It’s an honour to be able to take our powertrain, developed in partnership with ZF, and support the team in its return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“Both Mahindra Racing and Abt Sportsline were championship founding teams and its absence in the paddock has been felt hugely. We look forward to seeing the team back winning races from 2023 and we are committed to supporting them with whatever they need to succeed.”
Thomas Biermaier, chief executive of Abt Sportsline, added: “We are looking forward to this new Allgau-India connection and are grateful that Mahindra Racing and its partners are supporting us in our comeback in Formula E.
“Mahindra Racing and Abt have a long history together: both brands were founding members of Formula E almost a decade ago, have had many great battles and have jointly driven the development of the series off the track. Now we are continuing our journey within an intense technical collaboration.”