The historic first season of Formula E racing is set to start late this summer, and the first batch of the exciting, Dallara-built race cars is on its way to the 10 teams competing in this inaugural season.
That’s right, gang. Formula E is actually happening, and all 10 teams committed to the new series received their Spark-Renault SRT_01E race cars earlier this week. At the same time, Formula E opened the doors to their new state-of-the-art facilities with a ton of fanfare including introductions by F1 legend, Alain Prost, and the presence of the teams and a roster of celebrity drivers.
Formula E CEO and TEDx speaker Alejandro Agag was on-hand at the event, and had a few words for the press, which I’ve included, below:
Today marks a very significant milestone in the genesis of the FIA Formula E Championship. In September 2013 we launched this incredible fully-electric 150mph car and after more than 3,000km of rigorous testing we’re delighted to be now handing them over to our 10 teams. My thanks go to Frédéric Vasseur and his team at Spark Racing Technology for making this happen and all our car partners – McLaren, Williams, Dallara, Renault and Michelin – involved in its development.
Today we also officially welcome our teams into their new bespoke facilities, built to the latest environmental and sustainable construction standards. The Donington Park team, led by Kevin Wheatcroft and Christopher Tate, together with the North West Leicestershire Council, the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Growing Places Fund should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time. We’re delighted with our new operational headquarters and very pleased to be a part of burgeoning British motorsport industry.
Formula E put out a lot of great photos of the event, and the whole album is available over at Motorsport.com. I’ve included a few of my favorites, below, but you should definitely head over there and see the rest.