Virgin has announced plans to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship, which will kick off in September next year. Virgin, which was previously involved in F1 before selling its relatively small share in the team to Marussia, will join eight other teams that have declared their intention to compete: Andretti Autosport, Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing, Britain’s Drayson Racing, India’s Mahindra Racing, Super Aguri from Japan, Hans-Jürgen Abt’s Audi Sport ABT, an offshoot of the DTM team, eDAMS, a new team put together by Jean-Paul Driot and Alain Prost and the little-known China Racing.
One more team has yet be announced.
The series will race in 10 city centre races around the world, initially using Dallara-designed chassis, built by Spark Racing Technology in France, featuring McLaren drive trains and Williams batteries.
The Virgin team will be headed by Alex Tai, who was briefly involved in F1.