Frankfurt Motor show 2013: 2014 Formula E racecar unveiled

Frankfurt Motor show 2013: 2014 Formula E racecar unveiled

11th Sep 2013 5:39 am

The Spark-Renault SRT_01E, was under development for nearly 10 months and has been built by some of the sport's biggest names.

Formula E has unveiled the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, the all-electric single-seater that will be used for its inaugural championship next year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA president Jean Todt pulled the covers back on the first version of the actual race-specification car that will be used for its debut season which is set to kick-off in September 2014.

The SRT_01E, which was under development for nearly 10 months, has been built by some of the sport's biggest names, with Spark Racing Technologies – led by ART's Frederic Vasseur and supported by Dallara (chassis), McLaren Electronic Systems (powertrain), Williams Advanced Engineering (batteries), and Hewland (gearbox).

Overseeing all the systems integration, performance optimisation and powertrain electrical safety is Formula E’s Technical Partner Renault, with its engineers and motorsport experts benefiting from the experience acquired while developing the new 2014-spec 1.6-litre Renault-Energy F1 unit.

The package will run on custom made 18-inch treaded tyres developed by Michelin, with just a single durable tyre suitable for both wet and dry conditions, which will help control costs.

"This is a great day for Formula E," said Agag. "One year ago we had an idea of the first global zero emissions championship. Today we take a big step towards making it a reality."

Todt added: "I'm very pleased. We know how important this championship is for the future. We have people who have believed in this project."

A calendar of 10 races is set to feature several street circuits including London, Rome, Los Angeles and Bangkok amongst others.

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