Tony O'Kane | Aug 12, 2013

The all-electric Formula E race car will make its global debut at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, one year before the first race of the inaugural FIA Formula E season.

Built on a Renault-derived chassis that's been tweaked by Spark Racing Technologies, the Formula E racer is powered by electric motors from McLaren and ride on Michelin-supplied tyres.

Officially called the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E, it will form the basis for every one of the 40 cars in the Formula E grid next year. It's not yet clear if there will be any scope for teams to deviate from the Spark-Renault's pattern.

Performance numbers will be announced at Frankfurt, but according to the FIA the Formula E cars will be able to accelerate to 100km/h in three seconds, and will have a maximum speed of 220km/h.

Compared to a modern F1 car those numbers may not seem especially exciting, but as all Formula E races will be conducted on street courses, it's arguable that higher speeds won't be necessary.

Battery technology will be crucial to success. Each Formula E race is expected to be just 45 minutes in length, with two pit stops to allow drivers to swap out of their depleted car and run 100 metres (!) to a fully-charged car.

So far ten cities have been confirmed as Formula E venues, with Rio de Janiero, Rome, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, London, Miami, Putrajaya and Buenos Aires all on the calendar.

Only three teams have been confirmed for the 2014 season: Drayson Racing, China Racing and Andretti Autosport.


Formula E car specifications

Top speed: 220 km/h A
Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 3 seconds
Power: 180 KW
Weight: 780 Kg
Gearbox: 2 gears
Batteries: Lithium ion
Voltage: 800 volts
Range: 25 minutes appx
Charging time: 90 mins (Approx)

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