All ten competing teams in the FIA Formula E Championship have received their first car on Thursday. Work on the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E began almost immediately in the brand new Formula E facility located at Donington Park circuit in the United Kingdom.
“Today marks a special day in the history of our Formula E project,” says ABT Sports Director Thomas Biermaier, who stopped at Donington prior to travelling to the DTM race at Oschersleben. “The days of the show cars are over, now the professional preparation of the cars for the tests and race simulations begins. You can tell with all the teams that the action is now starting in earnest. We’re delighted about that.”
The German team was the first to announce its drivers for the electric single seater championship that starts mid-September. Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi will race alongside Daniel Abt, a 21-year-old youngster and son of team owner Hans-Jürgen Abt. Abt Sportsline announced that it has attracted key personnel to lead the team: Albert Deuring, who as Head of Motorsport was previously responsible for the DTM project in Kempten among other things, has come on board as coordinator for the technology. Furthermore, in Gianni Bianchi ABT has been able to gain an experienced project leader to manage operations.
Mark Preston, Team Principal of the Super Aguri outfit, is also very excited about having the first car in its garage: “Having actual cars in the garage makes the whole series a lot more real not only for the team, but for fans and potential sponsors. It’s been a long journey to get here but it’s quite exciting to see the cars and all the teams together in one place.”
“This is another significant moment for our team”, adds Technical Director Peter McCool. “The car looks great and the whole team is excited about getting to understand and unlock its full potential. The real challenge for us starts now as we prepare our car for the intensive summer test programme. As sales of electric road cars suddenly take off the public will soon realise the true performance potential and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Formula E is now positioned as the most exciting and sustainable form of urban motorsport and Super Aguri Formula E team will lead this technology to the front of the grid.”
Public pre-season testing with all the teams starts on July 3 (find out here how to attend). The first race has been scheduled mid-September on a street course around the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Cities like Buenos Aires, Miami, Los Angelos, Berlin and London can also be found on the calendar.