To further boost its position as one of the leaders in electric vehicles and motorsports, Renault is entering the new FIA Formula E Championship as a technical partner. Ten teams will take part in the Formula E and each will pilot Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater co-designed with Renault Sport. The racing cars recently had their global debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Formula E contest will feature full -electric, zero-emission single-seaters and its first-ever season will be held from September 2014 to June 2015.
Formula E will be divided into ten legs, each held in a major city in the world -- London, Berlin, Rome (Europe), Beijing, Bangkok, Putrajaya (Asia), Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires (Americas).
The race will feature 20 drivers who will be distributed among 10 teams. Formula E holdings, the mastermind of FIA Formula E Championship, named Spark Racing Technology to conceive and build the first 40 single-seaters racing cars.
Spark established a consortium to develop the cars and put them into production, with Renault made responsible for the electric drivetrain, system integration, performance optimization and the safety of the electric drivetrain.
Other members of the consortium include, McLaren Electronic Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering and Dallara. The 800-kg Spark-Renault SRT_01E (with driver on board) was designed for easier overtaking with its relatively high ride height was suited for use on the urban circuits in the Formula E Championship.
The car meets current Formula 1 regulations. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E’s electric motor is powered by a 200-kg battery that is homologated according to international transport standards, allowing it to provide 200 kW, or 270 hp, to the rear wheels.
While drivers will be allowed to use the full power of their vehicles in qualifying sessions, the power during the races themselves will be limited to 133 kW, or 180 hp. However, drivers could enter into a “push-to-pass” mode to allow them to temporarily get access to 200 kW (270 hp). The Spark-Renault SRT_01E can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h time in three seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 200 km/h to ensure maximum safety in urban racing. [source: Renault]