Rosberg to drive Gen2 Formula E car

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg will drive the Gen2 Formula E car in its first public appearance next month.

It has also been confirmed that the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion, who retired from competition at the end of his title winning campaign, is a shareholder in the Formula E after investing in the all-electric series.

Formula E unveiled its Gen2 car at the Geneva motor show, while teams have since performed two days of closed doors testing with it.

Rosberg will provide the first public demonstration at the Berlin ePrix next month.

“I’m really excited to get behind the wheel of the Gen2 car. It will be great to experience this high-performance e-mobility car and let’s see if I still have it in me,” Rosberg said.

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“It makes it even more special that I’m able to do this at the Berlin E-Prix, as I’ve always loved racing in my home country – Germany.”

The former-Mercedes F1 racer also confirmed his interest in the burgeoning category, which has tempted a number of the world’s leading manufacturers.

Porsche ended its LMP1 sportscar program in favour of an entry into the series in 2020, while Mercedes and BMW are also set to join the grid.

“I’ve become very interested in the e-mobility movement and its potential to positively impact our society and our planet,” Rosberg added.

“I’ve therefore also long believed in the potential of Formula E and came onboard as an investor some time ago.”

Formula E heads to Rome for its next event this weekend, the seventh round of the 2017/18 championship.

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