Back in April 2016, LeEco had announced its partnership with US-based EV-startup Faraday Future. Later, in 2016 Beijing Motor Show, LeEco unveiled its first ever self-driving car concept – LeSEE (Super Electric Ecosystem), which was developed in association with Faraday Future and Aston Martin. Also, Faraday Future had reached a strategic partnership with LeEco and unveiled its first prototype FFZERO1 Concept at CES 2016 (Consumer Electronics Show).
Now taking the partnership to the next level, LeEco has taken up a role of a sponsor for Faraday Future’s racing team for the 2016-17 FIA Formula E championship. The third season of FIA Formula E championship has kick-started from Hong Kong on 9 October. In July this year, Faraday Future became technical partner and title sponsor of the U.S. racing team – Dragon Racing. The team was then renamed as Faraday Future Dragon Racing and it debuted at the Formula E Hong Kong ePrix.
This is one of the first partnership between a major racing team and a technology start-up. As for future plans, the team will incorporate more Faraday Future technologies, including software, firmware, motors, gearbox and the FF Echelon Inverter to the racing vehicles. Interestingly, Faraday Future Dragon Racing will compete with, the only participating team from India at the championship – Mahindra Racing.
LeEco and Faraday Future will work together to develop key solutions to maximize performance capabilities within the vehicles’ powertrains and improve overall drivetrain performance. Also, they will refine data acquisition and analytics to result in more accurate predictions of vehicle performance and efficiency.