Formula E have released test footage of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E which is the common chassis to be used by every team in the first season of Formula E. The season will have its first race in September of 2014 in Beijing. The test took place at the Circuit La Ferté Gaucher, in northern France. Former F1 driver and Macau Grand Prix winner Lucas di Grassi was behind the wheel and over the two day test he completed 40 laps in the driving seat. The big difference between this vehicle and the cars racing next September is that this test car featured a 50kW battery which is a 1/4 of the power the cars will produce in Beijing.
“It is a great feeling to be driving the Formula E car for the first time,” said Di Grassi. “I can assure all the drivers will have a lot of fun with this car – even with just a quarter of the power it has quite a lot of grip and the electric motor produces huge torque.”
Audi racing partner ABT Sportsline recently signed on as the seventh of the ten scheduled teams to form part of the grid for 2014, joining the likes of Drayson Racing, Andretti Autosport and Super Aguri with the eighth team set to be announced this month.
The SRT_01E has been designed and built by Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the leading manufacturers in motorsport. The chassis has been developed by Dallara, with McLaren Electronics Systems providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics, Williams Advanced Engineering the batteries, Renault the overall systems integration and Michelin the tires.