Indian manufacturer Mahindra has revealed three Formula E race car concepts designed by Italian design house Pininfarina.
Known for penning some of the most beautiful Ferraris to ever grace the world’s tarmac, Pininfarina – now owned by the Mahindra Group – has turned its attention to designing the next all-electric Formula racer.
Mahinda and Pininfarina have released a trio of Formula E design concepts, and are requesting feedback on social media for these designs with the hashtag #FormulaEConcepts.
Through these designs, Mahindra aims to influence a serious discussion over the aesthetics of the Formula E car in four or five years time.
They will inspire the look of the company’s next-generation Formula E contender, with each concept sporting futuristic designs that would look at home on a Hot Wheels toy.
While the three designs are solely conceptual at this stage, they preview a chassis that is likely to be used for Formula E sometime in the future.
Currently, teams use a common design, however in future seasons they will be free to follow their own recipes.
Each concept has a designated letter: A, B and C, all with striking styling that contrasts with the more conventional look of the current Mahindra Formula E car.
Concepts A and C notably don’t have rear wings, while concept B improvises with a series of scoop-shaped intakes in its aero package.
In an interview with Autosport, Dilbagh Gill, Mahindra Racing team principal and head of the Formula E teams association, said that more radical concepts are on the way.
“We thought to start with we’d put out the milder versions,” he said. “We want to make it clear it’s still at a very early stage, to facilitate the discussion.”
“We are really keen to have some futuristic and not something similar to what’s already out there,” he added.