Formula E Electric Racecar To Debut at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show | Edmunds

Formula E Electric Racecar To Debut at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The new Formula E electric racecar will be introduced in September.
  • The unveiling will be held at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany.
  • The series is scheduled to hold its first race in September 2014.

LONDON — The new Spark-Renault SRT_01E electric racecar set to compete in the new Formula E electric-car global racing series will be presented September 10 at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The official unveiling was announced Friday, approximately one year ahead of the first race for the new series, scheduled in September 2014. The site and specific date of the inaugural event have not been released.

The reveal will be at the Michelin stand during the 65th annual edition of the Frankfurt show. Jean Todt, president of sanctioning body Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, and Alejandro Agag, CEO of promoter Formula E Holdings, will preside, along with Frederic Vassuer, president of Spark Racing Technologies, and Florent Menegaux, president of Michelin car and light-truck product lines.

Spark is part of a technical consortium that includes Dallara, which is designing the racer's monocoque structure; Renault, which is overseeing powertrain architecture and systems integration; McLaren, which is providing the electric motor, gearbox and power and control electronics; Williams, which is developing batteries and battery management systems; and Michelin, which is supplying tires.

A tentative eight-race schedule, with events on temporary circuits in major cities in Europe, North and South America and Asia, was announced in March.

Cities on the calendar announced in March include London and Rome in Europe; Los Angeles and Miami in the United States; Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in South America; Beijing; and Putrajaya, Malaysia. Later, Bangkok, Thailand, and Berlin were added.

Ten teams fielding two cars each are planned for the series, which will be held on temporary street circuits. The most recent team to sign up is Andretti Autosport of the United States, joining Drayson Racing of Great Britain and China Racing.

Edmunds says: Images of the Formula E machine that have been released depict a typical 21st-century open-wheel single-seater, but the official unveiling will be a landmark event in the evolution of the new series.

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