Mar 25, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT
Testing continues for the Spark-Renault challenger that will be the centerpiece of the all-electric Formula E championship, which begins later this fall in Beijing.
Recently, an experienced hand stepped into the cockpit of the innovative new car: Jarno Trulli, a veteran of 256 Formula One Grand Prix and a past champion of F1’s cornerstone, the Monaco Grand Prix.
Trulli, who recently joined Formula E’s ‘Drivers Club’ pool, put the car through its paces at the La Ferte Gaucher circuit in France. The car featured the final version of the 200kw race-ready battery.
While the Italian regarded the sound of the Formula E car as something much different than what he’s used to, he also said that the Spark-Renault drives like a proper race car should.
“The sound is different but you still hear the sound of the electrical engine and gearbox, so in terms of feeling, it’s perfect for a racing driver,” he said. “Maybe from the outside it seems different, but inside, you don’t notice it. So far, I have enjoyed it because it’s a nice car to drive.
“…I expected something different and it certainly is, but having a feeling of a racing car was the most important thing. I have been racing for 30 years – 15 in Formula One – so I have seen, more or less, everything. So, I anticipated finding something unlike anything else. But it gave me the same feeling of the old days.”
The series reports that the first batch of cars will be delivered to teams at its headquarters in Donington Park, England in mid-May.
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