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Mahindra Racing appoints ex-FIA senior Bertrand as CEO | Autocar India

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Frederic Bertrand, who served because the FIA’s director of System E and Progressive Sport Initiatives, replaces Dilbagh Gill as Mahindra Racing’s new CEO.

Mahindra Racing has roped in Frederic Bertrand as its new chief govt officer. He beforehand served because the FIA’s director of System E and Progressive Sport Initiatives, and replaces Dilbagh Gill, who parted methods with Mahindra Racing in September after 9 years on the helm of the outfit.

  • Bertrand just lately resigned from his function within the FIA
  • Replaces Dilbagh Gill

Frederic Bertrand introduced as new Mahindra Racing CEO

Bertrand joined the FIA a decade in the past as the pinnacle of the Federation’s Sporting Division, the place he labored on technique and growth throughout a variety of disciplines. He was then appointed director of FIA Circuit Championships – a place by which he was charged with structuring and selling official FIA circuit racing sequence on a world scale.

In his function as director of System E and Progressive Sport Initiatives, he performed a key function within the growth of the all-electric racing sequence. On condition that the groups enter an all-new Gen3 period in 2023, his appointment at Mahindra Racing may find yourself being a controversial transfer among the many groups.

Bertrand shall be based mostly at Mahindra Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, England, and can report back to chairperson Asha Kharga. “I’m delighted and very excited to be becoming a member of Mahindra Group to guide its racing actions. I’ve been privileged to witness the expansion of the Mahindra System E group and really feel proud to have now been entrusted with driving the group to even better efficiency and outcomes. The approaching months shall be robust and would require a variety of laborious work, however the aim is clearly to be on the tempo in what guarantees to be an ultra-competitive discipline of producers and groups. It’s a new chapter and main problem in my profession, and I can’t wait to get began,” he mentioned.

Huge modifications at Mahindra for System E Gen3

Mahindra Racing has been a part of System E since its very inception. The group has tasted its fair proportion of success, nevertheless, they’ve struggled up to now few seasons. They completed eighth general in Season 8 (2022), and had only one podium look, courtesy Oliver Rowland’s second-place end within the Seoul E-Prix.

2023 shall be a key yr for Mahindra Racing. Not solely will it see the brand new Gen3 race automobiles make their debut, however it should see System E race in India for the very first time, with the Hyderabad E-Prix scheduled for February 11. To show round its fortune, the group has opted for a serious overhaul. It parted methods with its former CEO and group principal Dilbagh Gill, and there’s a brand new driver line-up, too. Former System E champion Lucas di Grassi joins the group to drive alongside Rowland.

Moreover, ABT Sportsline shall be Mahindra Racing’s first buyer racing group. The deal will see Mahindra provide its ZF-developed powertrains to ABT, because the group returns to System E in 2023 after a yr away. Each events are additionally collaborating on software program and growth.

Contemplating the wealth of System E expertise ABT has, it ought to be a fruitful partnership for each events. And it’ll additionally give Mahindra entry to an extra set of information.

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