Formula E car unveiled for electric race

The new car that will be used in the electric motor racing championship was unveiled in Germany yesterday. Two iconic Formula One teams McLaren and Williams helped build the Spark-Renault […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The new car that will be used in the electric motor racing championship was unveiled in Germany yesterday.

Two iconic Formula One teams McLaren and Williams helped build the Spark-Renault SRT_01E fully electric single-seater car, which was revealed during the opening day of the 65th International Frankfurt Motor Show, for the Formula E series.

A host of major cities, including London, Los Angeles, Beijing, Rome and Rio de Janeiro, have signed up to be part of the first ever global zero-emissions series.

The car, which has been 10 months in the making, will be used by all 10 teams and 20 drivers competing in the championship – expected to start in September next year.

Jean Todt, President of the FIA, the governing body of motorsport worldwide referred to the car is a “fantastic achievement”.

He added: “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 will undergo a stringent FIA crash test followed by an extensive testing programme.