The day after the third race of the season, the MS&AD Andretti Formula E team was involved in the official rookie test of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Marrakesh (MAR). Bruno Spengler (CAN) was in action in car number 27.
The BMW works driver and experienced DTM driver broke new ground; it was his first ever outing in a Formula E racing car.
“It was a big challenge for me since the last time I was in a single-seater racing car was back in 2004. Besides that, there was a lot of new things for me to learn but I really enjoyed it,” said Spengler. “The car reacts very differently to what I am used to. I was surprised at how much power the engine has, particularly when you are accelerating out of the pit lane. I was also not used to hearing all the noises which you don’t usually hear because of the loud engine. For example, you hear how the car lands every time. In the race simulations I had to make sure that I drove very differently from how I usually would since you have to take your foot off the accelerator early so that the battery can recharge. I learned new things little by little and it was great fun working with the team.”
The 17-year-old American Colton Herta took to the track in the MS&AD Andretti team car number 28. Spengler’s new BMW DTM team-mate Joel Eriksson (SWE) also picked up his first experience of Formula E at the rookie test in Marrakesh; he completed a test in one of DS Virgin Racing’s cars.