The car to be used in Formula-E, the race series that will promote zero-carbon electric driving, has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E will be driven by the 20 competing teams in the inaugural series of the competition, beginning September 2014.
McLaren Electronics Systems is providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics, while Williams Advanced Engineering is responsible for the design and supply of the 200kW batteries and BMS for the zero-carbon cars.
Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal of Williams, said: “Williams has a track record in developing hybrid technologies and the team at Williams Advanced Engineering is working hard to develop a battery system that is reliable and makes for excellent racing.”
As with traditional Formula One, the promoters hope the e-motorsport will accelerate technological developments for electric cars. Each race will take place on a city circuit to best simulate driving conditions for passenger e-cars.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings, said: “With Formula E being an open championship, the series gives manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations.”
Following the first series teams are encouraged to design and build their own cars to promote electric drivetrain technology that will in turn benefit universal e-mobility. For this end, Formula E has dictated batteries cannot be swapped during the race to prevent companies designing evermore-efficient swapping systems that will have no value in passenger vehicles.