The Spark-Renault SRT_01E, the fully electric race car that will be used in the Federation Internationale de l\'Automobile\'s new Formula E series, has just completed its successful test debut held at the La Ferte Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi in France.
With ex-Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi behind the wheel, the single-seat, zero-emission race car completed approximately 40 laps over two days to check if all its systems were functioning correctly. For the test, the car was fitted with a 50kW battery, a fourth of the maximum 200kW power (equivalent to 270hp) the final car will produce.
\"It is a great feeling to be driving the Formula E car for the first time,\" di Grassi said after the test. \"I can assure all the drivers will have a lot of fun with this car. Even with just a quarter of the power, it has quite a lot of grip and the electric motor produces huge torque.\"
Designed and built by Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the leading manufacturers in motorsports like McLaren, Williams, Renault and Michelin, the SRT_01E will compete in the inaugural Formula E championship--the world\'s first global electric race series--beginning in September 2014.
\"Everything went very well and it was a very positive maiden run for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E,\" said Spark Racing Technology president Frederic Vasseur. \"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.\"
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