2013 Frankfurt: Spark-Renault SRT_01E arrives at the Messe [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 13, 2013

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]

Press Release


FIA President Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, revealed the much-anticipated new Spark-Renault SRT_01E fully-electric single-seater during the opening day of the prestigious 65th International Frankfurt Motor Show.

Watched by invited guests and members of the press, the SRT_01E has been designed and built by Spark Racing Technology, headed by the renowned Frédéric Vasseur, together with a consortium of the leading manufacturers in motorsport, and will compete in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship - the world's first global electric race series beginning in September 2014.

Using the very latest technology, the SRT_01E aims to push the boundaries of what is currently achievable in electric motorsport, whilst ensuring a balance between cost-effectiveness and sustainability, in addition to coping with the demands of racing entirely on city-centre circuits.

The car's monocoque chassis has been constructed by leading Italian firm Dallara and has been aerodynamically designed to aid overtaking. Made from carbon fibre and aluminium, the chassis will fully comply with the 2014 FIA crash tests.

Providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics is McLaren Electronics Systems, the world leader in high- performance technology for motorsport. Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Williams group of companies that includes the world famous Williams F1 Team, is responsible for the design and supply of the batteries and their battery management systems; producing 200kw (the equivalent of 270bhp).

Overseeing all the systems integration, performance optimisation and powertrain electrical safety is Formula E's Technical Partner Renault, a leader in electric vehicles and an expert in motorsport thanks to its Renault Sport Technologies and Renault Sport F1 programmes. Meanwhile, custom made 18-inch treaded tyres have been created by Official Tyre Partner Michelin, with just one durable tyre to cater for both wet and dry conditions and helping to reduce overall costs and promote sustainability.

"I congratulate all partners involved in the production of the fully-electric SRT_01E car – it is a fantastic achievement," said FIA President Jean Todt. "The innovative technology deployed follows the best environmental practices, highlighting the potential of the Formula E Championship to spark a revolution in the development of new electromobility systems, not just for motorsport but also for everyday use. This new championship builds on the FIA's traditional role as a leading promoter of innovation, technology and performance in the automotive sector."

The car, which has been 10 months in the making, will be used by all 10 teams and 20 drivers competing in the new zero emission series although only for the first season as Formula E is an 'open championship' designed to encourage manufacturers to build their own car to help accelerate R&D around the electric vehicle. A total of 42 cars will be produced by Spark with each driver using two cars during the one hour races.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings, said: "With Formula E being an open championship, the series gives manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations and we're delighted to have Spark Racing Technology as the first, and for them to produce our new fully-electric Formula E car. Spark has enlisted the very best companies in motorsport to aid with its development, with Dallara, Renault, McLaren, Williams and Michelin all leaders in their respective fields and it's an honour to welcome them here today. The Frankfurt Motor Show is also the perfect environment to reveal our new car. Many leading manufacturers at the Show today are unveiling their new electric road cars but not just one offs, full car ranges, demonstrating how times have changed and why the time is right to launch the new FIA Formula E Championship."

Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology, added: "I am extremely proud and happy to work with the partners Spark has gathered together to form this unique consortium, a first in the history of motorsport. I regard each and every one of these partners with the highest esteem, I have worked with them throughout my career and they have accompanied me in a lot of the successes I have been fortunate to achieve in my other activities in traditional motorsport. All consortium members are driven by a motivation to make this innovative project a success."

Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Technologies, said: "As a global leader for the production of electric vehicles and with a unique expertise in motorsports ever since the company was founded, the choice of Renault as technical partner to develop the fully-electric SRT_01E car for the FIA Formula E championship was obvious. Renault engineers and motorsport experts are directly contributing to the overall powertrain architecture and are in charge of electric systems' specifications and integration, benefiting from the experience acquired while developing the new 2014 Renault-Energy-F1 Power Unit. Renault is also working with Spark to enhance the performance and safety level of the SRT_01E car powertrain. The objective is to design an outstanding race car that will be clean, reliable, safe as well as fast and responsive."

Peter van Manen, Managing Director of McLaren Electronic Systems, said: "These cars are going to be brilliant racing through the centres of cities. Electric motors deliver instant torque and acceleration and that is what McLaren is all about. Performance and efficiency. Our electric motor, developed originally for the McLaren P1TM, has the highest power-to-weight ratio in the world. McLaren is proud to provide the performance behind Formula E."

Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal of Williams, commented; "Motorsport is moving towards a greener future and the FIA Formula E Championship will be a prime opportunity to showcase the latest green technology that has its origins in motor racing. Williams has a track record in developing hybrid technologies and we are proud to be supplying the battery and battery management system for the car that is being launched today. These components will be a pivotal part of what makes the car so green and the team at Williams Advanced Engineering is working hard to develop a battery system that is reliable and makes for excellent racing."

Andrea Pontremoli, CEO of Dallara Automobili, said: "With our single-seater cars running successfully in the most important categories and championships all over the world, we could not lose the opportunity to be part of the new Formula E exciting challenge and we are very thankful to our long term partner Frédéric Vasseur for the credit he gave us. We will use all our experience and know how to design and build the best possible chassis in terms of performance, reliability, ease of use and safety. The safety aspect is particularly important for us and we are working hard with Spark and the FIA to set new safety standards for such an innovative championship."

Pascal Couasnon, Director of Michelin Motorsport, added: "Michelin is the official tyre supplier to the FIA Formula E Championship for the next three years [2013 to 2015]. This new discipline is of special interest to Michelin because it is a means to work on the design of efficient tyres to optimise the range of the formula's single- seater cars. These solutions need to be extremely versatile in order to adapt to different weather conditions without losing any of their pedigree as genuine racing tyres. For Michelin, it is an additional opportunity to carry over the innovations developed for motorsport from the race track to the street."

As well as Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag, the launch event was also attended by representatives from all the Championship's partners, sponsors and teams together with development driver Lucas di Grassi and newly- announced Racing Ambassador Gil de Ferran.

The SRT_01E will now remain at the Frankfurt Motor Show for the duration of the event, with a duplicate car also on display at the FIA Mobility Conference in The Hague on Tuesday, 11th September. After that it will undergo a stringent FIA crash test followed by an extensive testing programme.

For more information visit www.fiaformulae.com.

Qualcomm Becomes Founding Technology Partner of FIA Formula E Championship
Qualcomm Halo Technology to Help Reduce Environmental Impact in Automotive Racing

BERLIN – September 09, 2013 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced a multi-year agreement with Formula E Holdings (FEH) to become an Official Founding Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, the new international championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electric energy. The agreement will allow Qualcomm and FEH to showcase mobile and Electronic Vehicle technologies globally through an exhilarating sport and demonstrate how current and future generations all over the world can benefit from wireless, sustainable technology on- and-off the track.

As a leader in the mobile space, Qualcomm will advise FEH in their quest to incorporate new and more sustainable technologies into the racing series. As a start, Qualcomm Halo™ Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology will be adapted to be fitted into the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship safety cars so they can be wirelessly charged. The wireless charging system will be made available to the race cars from season two. Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer energy between a ground-based pad and a charging pad on the electric vehicle. Drivers simply park over the base pad and charging commences automatically. As part of its advisory role, Qualcomm will evaluate the connectivity and mobile technology of each of the ten venue cities around the world, providing solutions to help enhance the spectator experience around the circuit such as live streaming to fans, video gaming and social media.

"Our collaboration with the FIA Formula E Championship is not just a great opportunity to showcase Qualcomm technologies, such as our Halo WEVC system, but to evaluate and improve wireless connectivity and EV technology across the globe, especially in the host cities," said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Qualcomm. "We hope this arrangement will leverage mobile technology to enhance the fan experience and impact the global movement toward more sustainable living."

"The FIA Formula E Championship is going to become a showcase for electric vehicle technology," said Alejandro Agag, chief executive officer of Championship Promoters Formula E Holdings. "As the global leader in mobile technology, Qualcomm's involvement will not only help us develop new advances in EV tech, but also to provide our fans and the world's EV community with the best race viewing experience possible. New technologies in connectivity, wireless and mobile fit perfectly with a Championship open to new technology, not only for the cars but for everything around the venue."

For more information, please visit http://www.fiaformulae.com/

About Qualcomm Incorporated
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm's licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm's engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About FIA Formula E Championship
Formula E is a brand new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. Commencing in September 2014, the Championship will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities - including London, Beijing and Los Angeles - racing around their iconic landmarks. For the inaugural season, 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fan. Operating as an 'open championship', the series gives car manufacturers and constructors the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations in a racing environment, designing cars to the technical specifications set out by the FIA. www.fiaformulae.com.

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