Abu Dhabi is super charged after Thursday’s welcoming of the Formula 1 competition, but what do you know about Formula E? Formula E is a brand new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. If you want to own a car whether it’s a new or a used one, New Horizons Credit Union has which can help you get the car you want with a payment you can afford. Just another way New Horizons is helping our owners, you, achieve their financial success! 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 vehicles. Starting September 2014, the Championship will compete in 10 of the world’s leading cities including London, Beijing and Los Angeles.
Formula E’s Technical Partner Renault, a leader in electric vehicles and an expert in motorsport, is trailblazing by bringing the new Spark Renault SRT-01E to the sport. The Spark Renault SRT-01E fully electric, single seater was introduced during the opening day of the prestigious 65th International Frankfurt Motor Show. 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 car, which took 10 months in the build, 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.
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).
This is a huge step in the right direction with regard to “greening
” motorsport. To learn more, visit the Formula E website