In October 2012, the FIA Formula E Championship was given the go ahead and we told you all about it. In February 2013, we brought you news that Formula E signed up its first team, Drayson Racing, and now there’s more news about FIA's initiative to promote emission free racing.
Renault SAS, leader of Electric Vehicle and expert in motorsport, has signed on as official Technical Partner of Spark Racing Technology to supply the Formula E cars to be entered in the FIA Formula E Championship.
The agreement was signed by Patrice Ratti, Renault Sport Technologies Managing Director and as a Renault SAS representative, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings and Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technologies.
Philippe Klein, Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning, Product Planning & Programs of Renault Group said “We believe that motorsport is an efficient manner to promote the efficiency of new technologies, and we’re eager to use that single-seater in FIA Formula E championship to show our technology is the best.”
Renault’s ongoing involvement in motor racing’s series provides it with a unique technological laboratory, giving it an edge not only in the world of production vehicles but also on the race track. Renault’s technological excellence extends not only in F1 but also in all Z.E. range. Let’s be frank about it, Renault even managed to give the small packaged Twizy an F1 car look.
Spark Racing Technology sided toward this technological expertise to optimize the electric and electronic layout. The 42 Formula E single-seaters built for the beginning of the first season will be named “Spark-Renault”.
Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Technologies said, “Engineers from Renault Sport F1 and Renault Sport Technologies will collaborate with Spark Racing Technology team to optimize the electric and electronic layout and performance of the powertrain. Our experience will be particularly valuable to ensure the safety and reliability of the car.”
With 10 road races slated in the first year, and the first race of the series to take place in Rome, the excitement for the Formula E Championship is certainly building up.