Since the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship's launch in September 2014, Spark Racing Technology could not have dreamed of a better start for their Spark-Renault SRT_01E, and are already focussed on the year ahead.
A very positive initial response
At each Formula E round, Spark's support staff provide technical assistance and expertise to teams. Data collected over the first six races has proved very useful for detailed analysis of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E's behaviour.
Having been specifically designed for the series, and in record time, the world's first fully 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."
Formula E has generated a great deal of enthusiasm and popularity amongst fans, TV broadcasters and manufacturers alike, showcasing Spark Racing Technology's pioneering Spark-Renault SRT_01E worldwide.
New developments already on the way
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.