What is a racing series without a race car? Not much of a racing series, I’d wager, which is why the Formula E series has an electric race car all its own. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E is the quiet-but-powerful centerpiece of this zero emissions racing series, and this is the first one ever built.
Made almost entirely from carbon fiber and boasting an electric motor good for a maximum output of 268 horsepower, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E is also amazingly lightweight, weighing in at just 800 kg, or about 1,764 lbs. Drivers use a four-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters, and the wheels are wrapped in 18-inch rubber for maximum grip.
Formula E will also employ wireless charging technology between races and practices, though drivers will actually switch cars approximately halfway through the race, as the electric batteries only hold enough charge for about 25 to 30 minutes of racing. Indeed, power conservation will play a major role in Formula E, as will when drivers choose to use the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) similar to the flywheel KERS systems used in Formula One cars.
With the cars assembled and the drivers getting acquainted with this new way of racing, the first season of Formula E is shaping up to be something really new and exciting for motorsports fans around the world.