Japan-based Super Aguri Formula E team will be one of the 10 teams competing for the inaugural Formula E series, a FIA-sanctioned single-seater championship that will commence in Beijing in September 2014.
Serving as team principal for Super Aguri Formula E is former Super Aguri F1 technical director Mark Preston. Former Formula One drivers like four-time world champion Alain Prost and Michael Andretti are competing with other teams in the series.
Team owner and former Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki remarked in a statement that the new series represents a new chapter for the Super Aguri name, and he is proud that the team will represent Japan in the inaugural Formula E series.
He noted that zero emissions racing is "a progressive concept" for the motorsport industry, adding that after over 40 years as a driver and team owner, he sees Formula E "as a great stride towards the future." Suzuki was a Formula One driver from 1988 to 1995 and was team owner of now-defunct Super Aguri F1 that competed from 2006 until 2008.
Alejandro Agag, chief executive of promoters Formula E Holdings, remarked that it was a "real honor" to have a Japanese team compete in the series. He added that they hope that this will lead to interest from carmakers and even a Formula E race in Japan in the future.