The 2014 Formula E Championship has yet to even commence and already, a lot of interest is being generated for the open-wheeled racing series of the future. With a selection of teams and drivers already confirmed for next year, such as Mahindra Racing, Formula E is shaping up to be an exciting series even though it features purely electric driven racing cars.
Now, Red Bull Racing’s Dr Helmut Marko has revealed that the racing outfit could field a Formula E car for the 2015 season depending of course on how the inaugural season next year turns out. While speaking with a German newspaper, Marko said, “We have been asked (to enter a team), but at the moment our full focus is on formula one. We will look again at this series and re-evaluate after the first season.”
Despite the fact that famous racing driver’s such as Michael Andretti and Alain Prost are getting behind the new formula, current four time Formula One World Driver’s Champion Sebastian Vettel isn’t a fan of Formula E. He recently said, “I don’t like it at all. I think the people come here to feel formula one and there’s not much to feel when a car goes by and you don’t even hear anything else but the wind.”
The sole racing car for the upcoming Formula E racing series was recently revealed in the form of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. The car will be utilised by all 10 teams and all 20 drivers.
As a result, a total of 42 Spark-Renault SRT_01E’s will be produced because in Formula E, instead of having pit stops to refuel (or in this case recharge), driver’s will simply hop into their second Spark-Renault SRT_01E and get back on track. It’s hoped that the Spark-Renault SRT_01E will only serve as the sole entrant for the 2014 season with teams then encouraged to invest in their own cars for future seasons.
Powering the Spark-Renault SRT_01E is an electric engine delivering a total of 270 hp. However, just 180 hp will generally be on tap with the additional 90 hp coming through a “push to pass” button.