Formula E Teams Receive First Delivery Of Racers – Video
MAY 21 2014 BY MARK KANE
FIA Formula E Championship teams received first delivery of Formula E race cars Spark-Renault SRT_01E. For now, each of the 10 teams got one racer, but by July 15 each team will get three more, so in total 40 electric racers will be delivered. That’s just in time to do some tests in July and August at Donington Park, before the September race in China. Interesting is that tests will be open to the public, free of charge.
To date, the prototype of Spark-Renault SRT_01E was tested for more than 3,000 km (or 1,800 miles).
“With both projects delivered precisely to schedule, each team received one fully-electric single-seater which has been designed and built by Spark Racing Technology, together with a consortium of the leading names in motorsport including McLaren, Williams, Dallara, Renault and Michelin.”
Deliveries were done in at the new state-of-the-art facilities officially opened at Donington Park, UK.
“Meanwhile their new 44,000ft² bespoke premises has taken 14 weeks to build and will house the teams for at least the next three years as well as provide offices, stores and workshops for Formula E’s own operational staff – a total of more than 150 people.”
With several months until the launch of the 2014-2015 FIA Formula E Championship, 4 out of 20 drivers were confirmed (Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt, Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari), but a few dozen others are ready to join the series (including F1 drivers).
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E said:
“Today marks a very significant milestone in the genesis of the FIA Formula E Championship. In September 2013 we launched this incredible fully-electric 150mph car and after more than 3,000km of rigorous testing we’re delighted to be now handing them over to our 10 teams. My thanks go to Frédéric Vasseur and his team at Spark Racing Technology for making this happen and all our car partners – McLaren, Williams, Dallara, Renault and Michelin – involved in its development.”
“Today we also officially welcome our teams into their new bespoke facilities, built to the latest environmental and sustainable construction standards. The Donington Park team, led by Kevin Wheatcroft and Christopher Tate, together with the North West Leicestershire Council, the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Growing Places Fund should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time. We’re delighted with our new operational headquarters and very pleased to be a part of burgeoning British motorsport industry.”
Kevin Wheatcroft, Chairman of Donington Park Racing Ltd added:
“I would like to pass on my congratulations to the working group from Formula E, the construction companies and my staff here at Donington Park, who have made all this happen in just 14 weeks since construction started. It’s a proud day for everyone associated with Donington Park, now back at the heart of the British motorsport industry. We look forward to welcoming 150 highly trained specialist engineers who will be working here on site within the Formula E setup. We are also looking forward to all the other developments and improvements that are taking place; it’s certainly a very exciting time ahead for Donington Park.”