Virgin launch Gen2 FE car, Frijns confirmed to partner Bird
Following on from the Chinese-owned Envision Group’s purchase of a majority stake last season, the team will now be officially known as Envision Virgin Racing.
Virgin’s Gen2 car will also be the first to run with a customer Audi powertrain after a deal was announced last month as replacement for the team’s outgoing partner DS Automobiles.
Virgin Racing is one of only two teams to have won races every year since Formula E launched in 2014, with Bird adding a further two victories last season on course to securing his best ever championship position of 3rd place.
Having jut missed out on a first ever drivers’ championship to Jean-Eric Vergne last season, Bird said “It’s great to be remaining with the team for a fifth season. The relationship we have developed over the last 45 races has been incredible and I’m excited to see it continue to strengthen.
“Season five is a new era for every team – with the introduction of the Gen2 car – but particularly for us, as we are now joined by Envision Group.
Frijns, who returns to Formula E after racing in the DTM last season as a works Audi driver, replaces Alex Lynn in the team’s lineup after the Brit struggled to match Bird’s results last season.
Speaking at the launch, the Dutchman said “I’m very excited to be returning to Formula E with Envision Virgin Racing.
“It’s great to be joining such a strong team and with the work we’ve already completed, it’s clear we have a very good package.
Image Credit: Envision Virgin Racing
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