The Andretti Group of companies has expanded today with the announcement that Andretti Technologies Inc has been formed and entered into a new partnership with global sensor technology provider - TE Connectivity.
The partnership will mirror one that already exists in IndyCar, where the TE Connectivity brand runs on Simona De Silvestro's Andretti Autosport Dallara.
The deal between the two companies is billed as TE Connectivity being the lead technical partner of Andretti Technologies to 'accelerate development' of its powertrain as Andretti has become one of the eight confirmed manufacturers from season two onwards of the Formula E championship.
TE Connectivity has headquarters in de Silvestro's home country of Switzerland and also in Pennsylvania, and employs nearly 80,000 people in close to 50 countries.
De Silvestro, who will make her Formula E debut at Battersea Park this weekend, is likely to act as an unofficial test and development driver in the TE Connectivity liveried test car.
"We will utilise Simona and her know-how, but we will probably also work with other drivers too," said Andretti Technologies Roger Griffiths today. "We will likely use other drivers too and we are likely to run the test car on track for the first time within the next couple of weeks."
Motorsport.com understands that Andretti is close to agreeing a deal with another major partner which could incorporate a different look to its season two livery.
NASA know-how for Andretti
Also significantly involved in Andretti Technologies hardware for season two of Formula E is Houston Mechatronics Inc. Former NASA engineers and scientists now working for Mechatronics Inc have been collaborating for some time with Andretti on the technology they will run in season two.
Speaking to Motorsport.com Griffiths spoke about the range of gearbox possibilities for season two, saying: "There is the opportunity for many different solutions (gearing wise).
"There is diversity as the FIA is allowing one or two motor solution and the regulations state you can go up to six speeds but it doesn't say you have to have six, so the question is how many will you really need?
"A lot of it will depend upon philosophy of the motor design. There is no one right solution so it will be very interesting."