The excitement the first Formula E race in Beijing, China, on 13 September 2014 is building up nicely. Last week we saw our friend and EV-advocate Robert Llewellyn being announced as one of the commentators and this week we see that the 10 Renault-Spark made electric race cars have been delivered to the teams at their shared premises in Donington, UK.
Patrice Ratti, General Manager of Renault Sport Technologies, said: “We are delighted to have worked alongside Spark ahead of the delivery of the first 10 Spark-Renaults to the Formula E teams. It was no mean feat, because this is the world’s first small-scale production-produced single-seater electric racing car to deliver such a high level of performance. To have succeeded is another illustration of the passion that fires the teams of experts who work at Renault Sport, as well as of their grasp of advanced electric vehicle technologies.”
French manufacturer Renault, who sells three electric vehicles themselves (the ZOE, the Twizy and the Kangoo ZE) has been working with new French company Spark Racing Technology to bring the Spark-Renault SRT_01E car to the track.
This year all ten Formula E teams will be competing in the same car – but what a car. Weighing 800kg (200kg of which are the batteries) and pumping out a maximum of 200kW, the SRT_01E can jump from 0-62mph in an estimated 3 seconds get up to speeds of 140mph (225km/h).
Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technologies, said: “The development, fine-tuning and production of such an innovative racing car as the Spark-Renault SRT_01E in such a short lapse of time was a challenge that we are particularly proud to have risen to. The cooperation we enjoyed with our various partners was remarkable and the input from the teams at Renault Sport was especially decisive in enabling us to develop a car that is reliable, safe and competitive. We are delighted to have reaped the fruit of our collaboration with Renault.”
Formula E racing will tour across then cities throughout the globe from London, UK to Los Angeles, USA and Monte Carlo, Monaco. So far 9 of the 10 locations have been announced.
What do you think of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E? What do you think of Formula E overall? Let us know in the comments.
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