As buzz for the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship continues to build, those behind it recently announced the vehicle which will be at the heart of early days of competition between drivers made its successful test debut recently. This is significant given it was only debuted back in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
FIA officials and others said the Spark-Renault SRT_01E performed well at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France, meeting expectations as the September 2014 launch date approaches. “The car ran for around 40 laps with no issues straight out of the box,” said Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology, in a statement, “which looks good for the overall reliability. We were also running with a much smaller battery than we will use – just 25% of the full power – which again gives us confidence going forward.”
The electric racing car, designed and built by French based Spark, together with a consortium of leading manufacturers in motorsport, completed the trial over two days. When race time comes around, it will be used by 10 teams and 20 drivers in the first season. A total of 42 cars will be produced by Spark, with each driver using two cars during the one hour races that will be set in locales including Los Angeles, Miami, Berlin, London, Rome, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Putrajaya and Bangkok.
And should you think the big names in racing are turning their noses away at driving this quiet electric rides, consider this – legendary household name Andretti, represented by Michael Andretti and his IndyCar team Andretti Autosport, was the first team from the United States to enter.