17 Jan 19
Envision Virgin Racing has been competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since the inaugural season and is one of two British teams in (alongside Panasonic Jaguar Racing) in the series.
Partnering with digital energy company Envision Group, Virgin Racing becomes Envision Virgin Racing for the 2018/19 season. After being a close contender for the championship title in two out of four seasons, seasoned British formula E driver Sam Bird has led the team since the inaugural 2014/15 season.
Finishing its first season fifth overall in the standings, the team went on finish third in the 2015/16 season before working its way to fourth in 2016/17 and, most recently, it's best result of third in 2017/18. For three seasons, the team used a powertrain supplied by French car manufacturer DS Automobiles, with which it challenged for both the teams' and, in the case of Sam Bird, the drivers' championship title in the fourth season. After the partnership between the manufacturer and Virgin came to an end, the 2018/19 season sees the team use a powertrain supplied by reigning champions Audi Sport, in the form of its Gen2 Audi e-tron FE05.
Long-time Virgin driver Sam Bird and familiar Formula E face Robin Frijns complete the driver line up for the season. With a powertrain provided by the reigning champions, the team will be looking to make an impact in this new era of all-electric racing.