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.
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."
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.
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.”
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.”
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