The whirring of success as Formula E customer car completes test debut

Formula E’s new fully-electric race car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, has successfully completed its test debut at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France.

Unveiled this year at the at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new single-seater was driven by Lucas di Grassi who will be undertaking the early test and development work.

The car completed around 40 laps over two days with the initial task of checking all systems were functioning correctly. For the test, the car was fitted with a 50kw battery, a quarter of the maximum 200kw power (270bhp equivalent) the final car will produce.

The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first global electric race series, begins in September 2014.