Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro0
Video: Formula E Race Car Drives Down The Vegas Strip
Requiring the culmitive efforts of not just Spark and Renault, but Dallara (which provided the chassis) and McLaren (which designed the drivetrain) among others. Driving the electric race car was Lucas di Grassi, who has been instrumental in helping test and tune this cutting edge vehicle. More than once he goosed the accelerator pedal, easily kicking the backend out, just as you’d expect from a conventional Formula 1 car.
The Formula E schedule kicks off this September in Beijing, before hopping all over the world, from Shanghai to Miami and many places in-between. This is just the opening salvo in a marketing blitz designed to hype up a racing series that has a lot more riding on it than any established racing series.
Not to be dramatic, but the success or failure of Formula E may affect the future design of electric vehicles, as well as the hopes for other, equally-ambitious zero-emissions racing series. I’ll do my part in pumping up the series, but will you?