Data that has been collected during the first six races of the FIA Formula E Championship provide useful input for detailed analysis of the of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E’s behaviour. As a result, constructor Spark Racing Technology has come up with improvements.
Having been specifically designed for the series, the all-electric single-seater has already proven itself a sound performer. “We have an almost 100% reliability record,” explained Spark Technical Director Théophile Gouzin. “The e-motor and inverter, designed by McLaren using Renault’s expertise, have a very low failure rate, while any minor problems with the battery are swiftly addressed by our technical team and official supplier, Williams.”
From the second season constructors are able to develop their own improvements for the powertrain, but they will not be building a new car. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E is due to receive technical upgrades that will enhance its performance and innovation.
“We’re constantly improving the car’s mechanical components in order to meet street circuit requirements,” added Gouzin. “Recently, we have been working on a new carbon braking system with a view to improving consistency on track.”
As Formula E’s official battery supplier, Williams will also join forces with SRT to adapt the car’s energy storage system in an effort to develop energy recovery and speed up the recharging process, improving battery life at future race weekends.
A new organisational structure
The Formula E project remains Spark Racing Technology’s main activity and core business. “Both the influx of new manufacturers and the need to assist with new engine integration demand a slight change to our organisational structure, which is a challenge we look forward to,” enthused Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology.
As early as next season, SRT’s mechanics and engineers will work closely with each constructor to ensure equality across the field and excellent after-service. As a constant proving ground, Formula E helps Spark uphold the relentless pace of development and stay at the forefront of hybrid and fully electric systems.