Formula E Racer Completes Successful Testing (w/video)

NOV 22 2013 BY MARK KANE 6

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Formula E announced successful completion of its first Spark-Renault SRT_01E test on the track at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France.

The electric racer was driven by Lucas di Grassi who completed approximately 40 laps over two days, undertaking the initial task of checking that all systems were functioning correctly.

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Lucas di Grassi stated:

“It is a great feeling to be driving the Formula E car for the first time. I can assure all the drivers will have a lot of fun with this car – it has quite a lot of grip and the electric motor produces huge torque.”

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

SRT_01E, designed and built by France-based Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the other manufacturers like Dallara, McLaren Electronics Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering, Renault and Michelin, must be ready to go way before the FIA Formula E Championship series begins in September 2014.

For now, the first prototype isn’t ready, running with a small battery pack and only 25% of target power.

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology, remarked:

“Everything went very well and it was a very positive maiden run for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. The car ran for around 40 laps with no issues straight out of the box, 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 next test is planned for the coming weeks where we want to increase the mileage on the car, working our way up to a full race simulation.”

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoters Formula E Holdings, added:

“The first test was a historic moment for the championship and we’re delighted with how it has gone. We think teams, drivers and fans will love the way it looks and sounds. Now Frédéric and his team, together with Lucas, will begin to put mileage on the car, focusing on durability. It’s a very exciting development and we can’t wait for that first race in Beijing in September 2014 to see all 20 cars lined-up on the grid.”

We are curious what you think of the sound of Formula E Racer.

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Spark-Renault SRT_01E

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6 Comments on "Formula E Racer Completes Successful Testing (w/video)"

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George Bower

I love it.
What I want to know is what readers think about the fact that it

SHIFTS GEARS!!

Rashiid Amul

I love it too.
And I drive a stick, so I really like the fact that it shifts gears. 🙂

Jay Cole

/wave to Rashiid – long time my friend

HVACman

Listening to it, I kept looking around for the Jolly Green Giant holding a massive 4-channel RC controller…

I’m curious if the air intakes on the top and sides are for “looks” or if they are critical for cooling the motor/battery/power electronics. They look too big for what an EV racer would need and appear to create a lot of drag. I’d think electric version would take an order of magnitude less air to cool the EV stuff as opposed to a racing ICE of equal HP, not to mention that it doesn’t need a turbo-charger intake.

Jeff D

I used to like next to an RC car track, and I was thinking the same thing. It sounds the same, only louder.

Jeff D

I mean live next to