Σημαντική ήταν η σημερινή ημέρα για το ηλεκτρικό πρωτάθλημα της FIA, τη Formula E. Η Spark-Renault SRT_01E ήταν το πρώτο ηλεκτρονικό μονοθέσιο που πάτησε πίστα, συγκεκριμένα έκανε τα πρώτα χιλιόμετρα στην πίστα La Ferté Gaucher, στη Γαλλία, με τον Lucas di Grassi να είναι στο τιμόνι.

Ο Βραζιλιάνος κατάφερε να κάνει 40 γύρους, αν και το μονοθέσιο είχε απόδοση μόλις 50kw, αντί για 200kw (270 ίππους) που θα έχει το τελικό μονοθέσιο, κάτι που δείχνει ότι το τεστ είναι για να διαπιστώσουν οι μηχανικοί ότι όλα τα συστήματα λειτουργούν κανονικά.

Ο Di Grassi είπε ότι το αυτοκίνητο είναι διασκεδαστικό, με καλή πρόσφυση και πολλή ροπή από τον ηλεκτροκινητήρα. Περισσότερες δηλώσεις από τον πρώην οδηγό τής Virgin (σημερινή Marussia), αλλά και από τον Frédéric Vasseur, Πρόεδρο της Spark Racing Technology, και τον Alejandro Agag, CEO τής Formula E, μπορεί να βρεις στο δελτίο Τύπου που ακολουθεί.

[Πηγή: Renault Sport]

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LA FERTÉ GAUCHER, FRANCE, (21 November, 2013) – Formula E’s new fully-electric race car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, completed is successful test debut recently at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France.

Unveiled earlier this year (September) at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new single-seater was driven by Lucas di Grassi who will be undertaking the early test and development work. The zero emission car completed around 40 laps over two days with the initial task of checking all systems were functioning correctly. For the test, the car was fitted with a 50kw battery which is a quarter of the maximum 200kw power (270bhp equivalent) the final car will produce.

“It is a great feeling to be driving the Formula E car for the first time,” said Di Grassi. “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.”

The SRT_01E has been designed and built by French based Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the leading manufacturers in motorsport, and will compete in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first global electric race series beginning in September 2014. The chassis has been constructed by Dallara, with McLaren Electronics Systems providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics, Williams Advanced Engineering the batteries, Renault the overall systems integration and Michelin the tyres.

Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology, said: “Everything went very well and it was a very positive maiden run for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. 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.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoters Formula E Holdings, added: “The first test was a historic moment for the championship and we’re delighted with how it has gone. We think teams, drivers and fans will love the way it looks and sounds. Now Frédéric and his team, together with Lucas, will begin to put mileage on the car, focusing on durability. It’s a very exciting development and we can’t wait for that first race in Beijing in September 2014 to see all 20 cars lined-up on the grid.”