We've known about the all-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E since it made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, but now we can finally see the car in full race trim in action.
The Formula E racer is currently on the show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and made a brief appearance in the carpark outside to showcase some of its abilities.
While a few half-donuts don't really give an indication of the car's full potential, it is interesting to note to complete lack of aural drama.
Under full power it sounds like a remote control car, while the loudest noises seem to come from the transmission as the driver' rows through the sequential gearbox.
Will such a quiet machine thrill audiences quite as much as a conventionally-powered Formula One car? The muted reaction of these onlookers suggest it won't, but with the FIA-backed Formula E season set to kick off in September we won't need to wait long to find out.
The field will comprise of 40 cars, and races will be held exclusively on street circuits. Every Formula E car will be capable of accelerating to 100km/h in three seconds, while maximum speed will be limited to 220km/h.
As for the issue of battery life, there will be one pit stop during each 45-minute race where the driver will need to run 100 metres to a fully-charged replacement car.
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