Video: Jarno Trulli tests 200 kW Formula E car: “Lot of potential”

Former Formula 1 star Jarno Trulli has tested the new fully-electric Formula E car for promotion purposes at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France. Besides technical feedback from the 39-year-old Italian, the FIA Formula E Championship unlocked the opportunity to answer a question that has been innumerable times asked: what sound does the electric Spark-Renault SRT_01 single seater produce?

Trulli, member of the Championship’s Drivers’ Club, spent a whole day at the wheel of the car, using the final 200 kW (270 hp) battery. “As a first day I expected something different and it certainly is, but having a feeling of a racing car was the most important thing,” says Trulli. “From inside the cockpit it feels like driving a proper Formula One car; 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 continues. “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 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.”

Trulli is one of the most experienced drivers in the history of F1, competing in 256 Grands Prix and lying third on the all-time entry list, behind Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher and joint with Riccardo Patrese. He was renowned for his qualifying pace and during his 15-year F1 career he secured a memorable win on the streets of Monte Carlo.

The SRT_01E has been designed and built by Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the leading manufacturers in motorsport: the chassis has been constructed by Dallara, with McLaren Electronics Systems providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics, Williams Advanced Engineering the batteries, Renault the overall systems integration and Michelin the bespoke 18” treaded tyres.

To date, the SRT_01E has completed more than 1,500km of trouble-free testing and will shortly go into production with the first cars delivered to teams at the Championship’s new Donington Park headquarters in mid-May. Public testing will start early June and the first race is scheduled in September in Beijing.

Speaking on the forthcoming Formula E Championship, Trulli concluded his test day with the follow words: “There is a lot of potential in this series and it’s going to be fun because you are going to be driving in street circuits bringing the cities into the fans’ house.”

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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