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Employee wellbeing in Formula E: designing a total Wellness solution for Mahindra Racing Formula E headquarters

Mahindra Racing is one of the founding teams of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, known for their pioneering approach to the design and engineering of electric vehicles. The team approached Technogym with a unique challenge: to design and facilitate a fitness and wellness solution suitable for all members of the team, from office staff and senior management to mechanics and professional drivers.

Although it makes use of a pre-existing building – faithful to the brand’s green values – the new fitness facilities within Mahindra Racing’s huge 47,000 sq. ft headquarters are as innovative as you would expect from a team committed to pushing the boundaries of engineering.

Promoting health and wellbeing for a diverse workforce

Team Manager David Clarke explains how the partnership with Technogym came about. When we moved into our new headquarters, we wanted to offer something special to current and future staff members, he said. It needed to sit with our values of sustainability, health, and innovation, and make our team stand out in a competitive workforce market.
Whatever we invested in had to demonstrate our commitment to all staff – from desk-based team members to drivers. This was a challenge, as you can imagine! We decided that a gym would give everyone the greatest benefit, helping us tackle issues around physical and mental health in a fast-moving and intense environment.

Formula E is moving towards accreditation with Green Standards, and Mahindra Racing is pushing hard to be the first 3-star team in the paddock in the FIA Sustainability Accreditation program. Our choice of partner had to match our commitment to sustainability and cost-effective solutions, - said David - From our first conversations with Technogym it was apparent that they are highly innovative, committed to health and wellness for all, and serious about sustainability.

Innovative solutions to match all levels of fitness

David and his team carried out benchmarking across the fitness market, and discovered that Technogym were best placed to satisfy their business needs: supplying high-tech but user-friendly fitness equipment and solutions for a wide range of staff.

Technogym has superior equipment, but we also chose them for their attitude and innovative spirit.

They were enthusiastic, had plenty of ideas, and always offered outstanding support. We continue to work with them on nutrition and hydration solutions and look forward to partnering with them for a long time to come. It is rare to find a solutions provider that offers best-in-class equipment and aligns with your business values. We couldn’t ask for more with Technogym - said David.
Mahindra Racing has invested in a broad and varied range of Technogym smart equipment including Skillmill, Skillbike and Skillrow offering the best in athletic performance training. These solutions are supported by Mywellness solutions Prescribe and Teambeats to offer digital programming and heart rate tracking.

Encouraging healthy competition and team work

Mahindra Racing’s in-house fitness facility had to be all-encompassing, offering the best solution for all members of staff. Technogym designed solutions that would encourage and motivate beginners, and cater to the distinct needs of the team’s professional drivers.

We have a fully-kitted out gym, live and on-demand training, full connectivity through the Mywellness app, perfect for tracking wellness anytime anywhere, and the ability to assign individual programs to keep staff members motivated and on track - said David - Technogym equipment is great for tracking and measuring data – as you can imagine, that is a huge appeal to our workforce who thrive on numbers! If anyone can beat one of our drivers on even a single metric, it’s cause for celebration. Technogym’s out-of-the-box thinking suits us perfectly.

Designing solutions for professional Formula E drivers

Formula E drivers – like all professional sportspeople – need access to serious training equipment. Technogym’s solutions for Mahindra Racing mean their drivers can seamlessly carry out their Personal Training programmes on site. But they also need an environment to help them decompress from the demands of simulator training.

We positioned the gym close to where the drivers spend the majority of their time,” explained David. “It is crucial that the drivers can quickly change their mental state after being in the simulator. Technogym helped us pay close attention to this, by designing the gym so they can see nature and have access to natural light.

Mental state is a unique and vital aspect of our drivers’ training. Technogym understood exactly what we needed and were able to come up with specific solutions that mean we offer our drivers something unique that will keep up with developments in sports psychology.

Global brand ensures continuity during team travel

Working with Technogym has far-reaching benefits, helping Mahindra Racing’s team members stay on track when travelling. Our race team travels to so many countries during the season, and it’s so helpful to be able to use Technogym equipment in hotel gyms, - explained David. - That’s one big benefit of choosing a fitness brand with global reach.

Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will start in January 2021, and Mahindra Racing are focused on being the winning team from day one. Their Technogym solutions are all part of the plan. Season 7 is a new era for the Mahindra Racing team, - explained David. - We have new headquarters, a new powertrain provider – and of course our new fitness facility. We are coming in with a winning attitude and won’t accept anything but being front of the grid. Technogym is with us for this team rebirth and we are glad to have their support.

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