The e.dams Renault Formula E team will be the first to trial its new technical package ahead of season two of the all-electric single-seater series when the technical rules are opened up.
Season two of Formula E allows various new technical partnerships to come to the fore with new technologies, which are limited to certain areas of the drivetrain. E.dams’ technical partnership with Renault allows them to tap into the French car giant’s electric vehicle expertise.
“We are going to test the new equipment in June,” said Driot. “This includes the inverters and the gearbox. We then aim to homologate the car at the end of June so we can start testing properly for season two in July and August.
“I think everyone is running a little late and so are we from where we would like to be but compared to what I hear from other teams we are not so bad. We are doing everything jointly with Renault.
“So we will have our engineers working closely with Renaults guys, especially as the inverters are technology that is quite new for this application. We need to join the thinking up and to get the maximum engineering skill to make this aspect work well.”
“Exciting because it’s different”
Driot has been involved in international motorsport for almost 30 years, yet he sees Formula E as the most exciting championship he has run a team in.
“It is very exciting because it is so different,” said Driot. “But I tell you what we have a serious amount of stress and headache from a technical perspective.
“But the rewards are very satisfying because the manufacturers can translate the knowledge of the new technology straight to market and we can also benefit from their thinking too.”
There is a heavy Renault Sport presence at Monaco with Renault Sport Technical chief Jean-Pascal Dros in attendance, as well e-DAMS Renault Formula E partner and Renault ambassador Alain Prost.