The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship already secured a promising line-up of teams and drivers, city centre venues and it will showcase new technology. One eye-catcher fans are waiting for is the safety car. It will be revealed during the final pre-season test at Donington Park, scheduled for August 19. The test day is free to attend.
The only thing that has been confirmed is that the safety car will be able to charge wireless as it needs to be instantly available. “Seconds can cost lives,” Qualcomm Chief Joe Barrett told us.
1. BMW i8
BMW is to become the official vehicle supplier of Formula E. That has been announced in the end of June. The agreement would see BMW supply a fleet of the all-electric BMW i3 and hybrid BMW i8 to be used as course, medical and VIP cars. The word ‘safety car’ hasn’t been used in the announcement. The partnership with the German car manufacturer may become official soon and could feature the BMW i8 as the series’ official safety car.
BMW i8 key specifications:
- Electric range: 35 km
- Maximum total range: >500 km
- Gross capacity of lithium-ion battery: 7.1 kWh
- Top speed fully electric: 120 km/h
- Top speed: 250 km/h
- Acceleration 0–60 km/h on purely electric power: 4.5 seconds
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.4 seconds
- Dry weight: 1,490 kg
- System output: 266 Kw (362 hp)
- Electric motor: Output 96 kW
- Electric motor: Max. torque in 250 Nm
- Internal combustion engine: Capacity 1,500 ccm
2. Rimac Concept_One
Even if BMW secures the deal to become the official vehicle supplier, at least one important Formula E employee won’t drive one. The Croatian electric supercar builder Rimac made an electric-blue Concept_One available for the series’ race director as ElectricAutosport.com spotted at Donington Park in July. The Rimac Concept_One has enough power and range to become a safety car.
Rimac Concept_One key specifications:
- Power output: 811 kW / 1088 hp
- Torque: 1600 Nm from 0 to 6500 rpm
- Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2,8 seconds
- Range: up to 600 km (realistic range – 500 km)
- Braking distance: 31.5m (100-0 km/h)
- Efficiency: 140-550 Wh/km
- Weight-to-power ratio: 1.79 kg/hp
- Dry weight: 1950 kg
- Battery: Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry
- Voltage: 650V nominal
- Capacity: 91 kWh
3. Renault DeZir
Renault has been a technology partner of Formula E since Spark Racing Technology developed the vehicles that will be used for the inaugural season. The French car manufacturer oversaw the systems integration and announced recently that it became the title sponsor of the e.Dams-Renault Team. Renault has built a range of electric cars like the DeZir concept car, which was officially presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. In addition, Renault has a close cooperation with Qualcomm, another technology partner of Formula E which implements the wireless charging technology onto the safety car.
Renault DeZir key specifications:
- Power: 110 kW / 150 hp
- Maximum torque: 226 Nm
- Top speed: 180 km/h
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5 seconds
- Battery: Lithium-ion (24 kW/h)
- Range: 160 km
- Kerb weight: 830 kg
The FIA Formula E Championship safety car will be officially presented on August 19 at Donington Park. Which car do you think will be presented?
Images by BMW, ElectricAutosport.com and Renault