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A quick tour of Formula E’s Spark-Renault machine (VIDEO)

Jan 16, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

As the first car in the history of the world’s first fully-electric global racing series, Formula E’s Spark-Renault SRT_01E has already carved out a unique niche for itself.

The SRT_01E, which recently had its first American demonstration in Las Vegas, is charged (no pun intended) with not only producing a solid on-track product but also to redefine what many casual observers may believe about electric cars.

It may not be the quickest race car ever (its top speed is around 150 miles per hour) and its quieter noise will no doubt be a strike against it in the eyes of some. But in the end, it’s about the technology that’s inside – technology that one day could play a major role in how we move around our world.

In the YouTube clip above posted by Qualcomm, one of F-E’s key technology partners, development driver Lucas di Grassi gives us a quick tour of this innovative machine.

  1. worknman24hours - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    That’s a much better video about the new cars.

    Luca sounds pretty optimistic.

    I like the tires following real world design.

    I hope that the series doesn’t drop into the three or four compound nonsense.

    This first all electric car harkens back to the idea that a real world car doesn’t have a trailer of guys behind them with a different set of tries for every change in the weather.

    Nice to see all the drag and rolling resistance stuff employed on the car.

    There will be a real chess game in this series as far as drivers stealing drag reducing second place positions during the races that save battery power.

    I would almost expect team to try and have two cars that can draft each other and thereby extend the battery power peak as long as possible for both cars.

    There is a lot of strategy you could employ in a race car series where the power provided is finite and you

    And this E-Series is a first step too so expect some issues in the first year that are embarrassing ,just know that all trendsetters have bad days .

    It’s the people who never quit and make things work who see their efforts succeed.

    Formula E should be a fun series to follow.

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