Here it is, proof-positive that racing in all-electric vehicles is a formula for pure thrills. The Renault Spark SRT_01E, making its world debut here in Forza Motorsport 5, represents the first generation of the next generation of Formula E racing cars. The monocoque chassis is built by Dallara and meets FIA safety standards. The aerodynamics contribute to both downforce for cornering traction and reduced drag for overtaking. The 200-kilowatt batteries produce the equivalent of 270 brake horsepower. Grand Prix winner Jarno Trulli said that being in the cockpit "feels like driving a proper Formula One car." What will it sound like though? Different? Yes. Astounding and awesome? Undoubtedly. When you get an earful of the Formula E cars tearing up the track, you might think you have been transported to Tatooine to take in the pod races. It’s an astounding sound for an astounding race car.
Driven by Sam Bird and Fabio Leimer. Sir Richard Branson has been known for his eccentricity and innovation through the pioneering technologies of Virgin. It’s only natural to see Virgin’s presence on the forefront of EV racing. Virgin represents the British effort in Formula E.
Driven by Jerome D’Ambrosio and Loic Duval. When the Penske name is attached to anything in racing you can bet it will have success. Son of Roger Penske, Jay Penske started Dragon Racing in 2007 at the Indianapolis 500 and landed an amazing fifth on their debut.
Driven by Nicolas Prost and Sébastien Buemi. Co-founder Alain Prost needs no introduction as one of the winningest Formula One drivers in history. He has paired himself with Jean-Paul Driot founder of top single-seater team owner Dams. The team is based just outside Le Mans, France.
Driven by Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Swiss co-founder and driver Jarno Trulli has competed in 256 Grand Prix in Formula One and is a business entrepreneur. One of the amazing goals for Trulli is to adopt and prove wireless charging technology.
Drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt. Bringing their success in DTM to the new world of Formula E racing is Abt Sportsline and Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt. Abt is one of the most successful German teams with titles in endurance and GT racing.
Drivers Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna. Mahindra is a huge multinational group employing more than 180,000 people worldwide. They are the only Indian team to race in Formula E but are no strangers to international motorsport.
Drivers Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin. The team is based out of Monte Carlo and owned by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor founder of EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles. Venturi is the current holder of the land speed record for electric vehicles having reached a speed of 307 mph.
Drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Simona de Silvestro. The Andretti name is synonymous with racing and so who better to field one of the two American efforts in the inaugural Formula E seasons. Andretti racing boasts wins in every category of racing they have endeavored in.
Drivers Sakon Yamamoto and Salvador Duran. Representing Japan is a coalition of global insurer Amlin and proven technological innovation through Aguri’s Formula One heritage. The team hope to inspire eco-conscious transportation solutions though their joint venture.
Driven by 2015 Formula-E champion Nelson Piquet and Oliver Turvey. Team China Racing (TCR) is authorized by the Ministry of Sports in China and led by Steven Lu. TCR started in 2004 and competes in many racing disciplines from GP2 to FIA GT1.
The SRT_01E was designed for the inaugural season of Formula E in 2014. The car is a result of a 10-month collaboration between Spark Racing Technology, McLaren Electronic Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering, Dallara, and Renault.
It features a McLaren Electronic Technologies-built electric motor with a maximum power output of 268 hp (200 kW) combined with 111 ft·lb (150 N·m) of instant torque. The electric motor was derived from the McLaren P1 road-going hypercar.
The Formula E SRT_01E is a fully electric race car equipped with a five-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Despite this, it doesn't have seamless acceleration due to its gearbox, but can manage a quick 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.2 seconds. The SRT_01E also has superb handling through corners, a trait inherited from Formula One race cars. Another typical race car performance trait the SRT_01E carries is decent braking performance; it needs at least 211 ft (64 m) to brake to a stop from 100 mph (161 km/h). The SRT_01E, on the other hand, has a low top speed of only 140 mph (225 km/h).
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