We have been following the progress of the Formula E series since it was first announced in April 2011 and the temperature has been rising lately on the FIA’s new world series, which is due to start in September 2014. Last week saw the publication of a report by Ernst & Young into the impact the series is set to have on global car market trends, then the Abt Audi team was confirmed as an entrant and today they announced that the prototype car has tested for the first time.
Formula E is a new series of zero emissions racing, with cars running entirely on electricity from batteries.
The car tested at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France with ex Virgin Racing F1 driver Lucas di Grassi at the wheel. The car completed 40 laps over two days as engineers carried out system checks. For the test, the car was fitted with a 50kw battery which is a quarter of the maximum 200kw power (270bhp) the final car will produce.
McLaren is involved in making the motors for the series and Williams is working on the battery technology.
Frédéric Vasseur of Spark Racing which makes the car, said: “Everything went very well and it was a very positive maiden run for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. The car ran for around 40 laps with no issues straight out of the box, which looks good for the overall reliability. We were also running with a much smaller battery than we will use – just 25% of the full power – which again gives us confidence going forward. The next test is planned for the coming weeks where we want to increase the mileage on the car, working our way up to a full race simulation.”
Meanwhile the CEO and leading light behind the Formula E series, Alejandro Agag said, “The first test was a historic moment for the championship and we’re delighted with how it has gone. We think teams, drivers and fans will love the way it looks and sounds. Now Frédéric and his team, together with Lucas, will begin to put mileage on the car, focusing on durability. It’s a very exciting development and we can’t wait for that first race in Beijing in September 2014 to see all 20 cars lined-up on the grid.”