The car that will be used for the inaugural Formula E season has been revealed during the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Series CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA president Jean Todt pulled the covers off the Spark-Renault SRT_01E on the opening day of the event, with the all-electric single-seater set to compete on a series of city circuits when the first year of competition starts next year.
The chassis of the new car has been built up by Dallara, while the powertrain has been provided by McLaren Electronic Systems. Batteries come from Williams Advanced Engineering, while Hewland have provided the gearbox.
Systems integration, performance optimisation and powertrain electrical safety is then overseen by technical partner Renault, already established as a leader in electric vehicles, while Michelin has provided a bespoke 18 inch tyre that can be used in wet or dry conditions.
“I congratulate all partners involved in the production of the fully-electric SRT_01E car – it is a fantastic achievement,” Todt said. “The innovative technology deployed follows the best environmental practices, highlighting the potential of the Formula E Championship to spark a revolution in the development of new electromobility systems, not just for motorsport but also for everyday use. This new championship builds on the FIA's traditional role as a leading promoter of innovation, technology and performance in the automotive sector.”
The car, which has been 10 months in the making, will be used by all 10 teams and 20 drivers competing in the new zero emission series although only for the first season as Formula E is an 'open championship' designed to encourage manufacturers to build their own car to help accelerate R&D around the electric vehicle.
A total of 42 cars will be produced, with each driver using two cars during the one hour races.
“With Formula E being an open championship, the series gives manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations and we're delighted to have Spark Racing Technology as the first, and for them to produce our new fully-electric Formula E car,” Agag added. “Spark has enlisted the very best companies in motorsport to aid with its development, with Dallara, Renault, McLaren, Williams and Michelin all leaders in their respective fields and it's an honour to welcome them here today.
“The Frankfurt Motor Show is also the perfect environment to reveal our new car. Many leading manufacturers at the Show today are unveiling their new electric road cars but not just one offs, full car ranges, demonstrating how times have changed and why the time is right to launch the new FIA Formula E Championship.”