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Motomatica
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Background
Based Flag of Italy.png Italy
Founded 2015
Founder Unknown
Key People
Industry Research & Development
Formula E Record
Début Flag of China.png 2015 Beijing ePrix
Total Entries 2 (0 Starts)
Wins Poles FLs
0 0 0
Total Points 0
Former Team(s) Unknown
Current Season
Team(s) Flag of Switzerland.png Trulli Formula E Team
Car Motomatica JT-01

Motomatica were an Italian engineering and research & development firm that worked alongside Tecnomatica to develop a powertrain for the Trulli Formula E Team ahead of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship.[1] The Italian firm's FE involvement would be very short-lived, with their JT-01 powertrain mired by problems during pre-season testing, before twice failing pre-meeting scrutineering.[2]

After failing to appear at either the Beijing or Putrajaya ePrix during the 2015/16 season, Trulli would withdraw from FE, with Motomatica likewise leaving FE in the same moment.[3]

Background

Motomatica were formed after a partnership was formed between the Trulli Formula E Team, itself an amalgamation of Italian investors and Drayson Technologies, and Tecnomatica, an Italian company that specialised in electronic automotive components.[4]

Formula E History

Motomatica's first powertrain would debut at the 2015 Donington Test, after reports of impressive results after extensive tests on dynos outside of the base FE car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E.[5] However, after being installed in Trulli's compliment of SRT_01Es, the powertrain would prove to be very unreliable, numerous issues keeping the JT-01 in the pits for most of the test.[6] Indeed, Trulli would only complete seven full laps across the six-day pre-season test, all of which were completed on the final day, in-spite of fellow strugglers Andretti abandoning their own powertrain mid-test to run the original SRT_01E powertrain.[7]

Regardless, Trulli and Motomatica would persevere with the JT-01, completing private tests before the cars were loaded up to be taken to the opening race of the 2015/16 season in Beijing.[8] The cars would subsequently fail pre-race scrutineering and would not run at all at the opening round, after the delivery of the motors to the paddock had been delayed by Chinese authorities after being sent independently of the rest of Trulli's equipment.[9] The cars would subsequently fail pre-race scrutineering checks for the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix, meaning they also failed to race at the second round of the season.[2]

The team and manufacturer would subsequently announce their withdrawal from FE on the eve of the third round of the campaign in Punta del Este, ending both entities involvements in FE with immediate effect.[3]

Products

Outlined below are brief summaries of all of Motomatica's powertrains/cars developed for the FIA Formula E Championship.

Motomatica JT-01

Main article: Motomatica JT-01

Motomatica's first and only powertrain was the Motomatica JT-01, developed in partnership with Tecnomatica for the Trulli Formula E Team ahead of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship, the first season to feature externally built powertrains.[1] However, while the design would boast impressive results on a dyno, when put into a physical car the design proved fragile, with the Trulli team only completing seven laps during six days of pre-season testing.[7] After failing two pre-race scrutineering tests, the JT-01 was withdrawn from the series, along with the Trulli FE Team and Motomatica.[3]

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'FIA homologates manufacturers for second Formula E season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/fia-homologates-manufacturers-for-second-formula-e-season.aspx, (Accessed 03/08/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Trulli to miss Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/11/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/november/trulli-to-miss-putrajaya-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 07/11/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Trulli Formula E Team announce withdrawal from championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/trulli-announcement.aspx, (Accessed 15/12/2015)
  4. 'TRULLI POWERTRAIN “ON SCHEDULE”', current-e.com, (Current E, 04/06/2015), http://current-e.com/chatter/trulli-powertrain-on-schedule/, (Accessed 29/04/2021)
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named AZ
  6. 'Buemi fastest as Formula E testing kicks off', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/buemi-fastest-as-formula-e-testing-kicks-off.aspx, (Accessed 10/08/2015)
  7. 7.0 7.1 'Prost fastest as testing concludes', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/prost-fastest-as-testing-concludes.aspx, (Accessed 25/08/2015)
  8. 'Trulli to miss Beijing ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/10/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/trulli-to-miss-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 23/10/2015)
  9. [Translated] Gabriele Testi, 'Motomatica, internal investigation into the events in Beijing', it.motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 26/10/2015), https://it.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/formula-e-motomatica-indagine-interna-per-i-fatti-di-pechino/652620/, (Accessed 01/05/2021)
2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
ABT Schaeffler Audi SportAmlin AndrettiDS Virgin RacingDragon RacingMahindra RacingNextEV TCRRenault e.DamsTeam AguriTrulli Formula E TeamVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
ABT SchaefflerAndretti TEDSMahindra & MahindraMotomaticaNextEVRenaultSparkVenturi Automobiles
Cars
Spark-Renault SRT 01E
ABT Schaeffler FE01Andretti ATEC-01DS Virgin DSV-01Mahindra M2ElectroMotomatica JT-01NextEV FormulaE 001Renault Z.E. 15Venturi VM200-FE-01
Drivers
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. • 2 Sam Bird • 4 Stéphane Sarrazin • 6 Loïc Duval • 7 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 8 Nicolas Prost • 9 Sébastien Buemi • 10 Vitantonio Liuzzi/Jarno Trulli • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 12 Jacques Villeneuve/Mike Conway • 18 Salvador Duran • 21 Bruno Senna • 23 Nick Heidfeld/Oliver Rowland • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Robin Frijns • 28 Simona de Silvestro • 55 António Félix da Costa/René Rast • 66 Daniel Abt • 77 Nathanaël Berthon/Ma Qing Hua
E-Prix
BeijingPutrajayaPunta del EsteBuenos AiresMexico CityLong BeachParisBerlinLondon ILondon II
2016 Moscow ePrix
Tests
2015 Donington Test2015 Punta del Este Test
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