Renault Sport has signed up to be the technical partner for the new Formula E series, which is set to launch next season with a series of events on a range of new street circuits.
Renault will work alongside Spark Racing Technology to build and supply the cars that will be used in the series for electric cars – with the 42 machines being produced for the inaugural season set to be known as 'Spark-Renaults'.
The deal, which has been mooted for some time, was announced at the same time as new images of the Formula E car were made public, while Tag Heuer has also been announced as official timing partner for the new series.
“Renault and Formula E both share the same commitment to innovative technology and sustainable motoring and we're delighted to welcome them to the Championship as a Founding Partner,” Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings, said.
“Not only is Renault
one of the world's leading car manufacturers, with a very successful motorsport pedigree, it is also a pioneer for electric vehicles being the first full-range car manufacturer to market zero-emission vehicles. To have a manufacturer of this calibre on-board is a great testament to the growing appeal of the FIA Formula E Championship.”
Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault
Sport Technologies, said the company was in the perfect position to get involved in the new series.
“Renault's expertise in electric powertrain design and integration acquired both in production E.V. and in Formula 1 makes Renault
Sport a natural partner for Spark in this exciting Formula E project,” he said. “Engineers from Renault
Sport F1 and Renault
Sport Technologies will collaborate with Spark Racing Technology team to optimise the electric and electronic layout and performance of the powertrain.
“Our experience will be particularly valuable to ensure the safety and reliability of the car.”