The Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E electric race car made its first ever public demonstration January 6, entertaining crowds with a high-speed display around the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Capable of speeds in excess of 150 mph, Formula E said the racecar was driven by former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi and gave invited guests, media and onlookers their first chance to see and hear the cars that will compete in the new FIA Formula E Championship.
The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric racing series and will begin in September.Competitors will compete on 10 city-centre circuits around the globe including two races in the US – Miami and Los Angeles – which take place in the spring of 2015.
Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fan, whilst accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting sustainability.
The Formula E car shown in Las Vegas has been designed and built by French-based Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the leading names in motorsport including Dallara (chassis), Williams (battery design), McLaren (powertrain & electronics), Renault (overall system integration) and Michelin (tires).
“Today is a very special landmark for the FIA Formula E Championship and I’m delighted to be sharing it with Qualcomm and all our partners,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promotes Formula E Holdings. “Since the FIA launched Formula E just over a year ago, the progress and interest in the series has been overwhelming. When we started we had no cities, no teams, no broadcasters and no car. Now we have all these things so to be able to showcase our new car to everyone involved, and of course the fans, is a very proud moment. 2014 is a very big year for Formula E with the championship starting in September so it’s important to be starting on such a positive note. Today will also be the first of many roadshows we have planned over the coming months as we want as many people as possible to see, and hear, what we believe is the future of motorsport.”
As part of the event, the Formula E car was also driven along the famous Las Vegas Strip by Lucas di Grassi under police escort, finishing at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.
It will now be displayed on Qualcomm’s stand at the 2014 CES, one of Formula E’s Founding Partners and the championship’s Technology Partner, where the company will be showcasing its Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC).