The fully electric racing series that is scheduled to begin in 2014. Williams will partner with Spark Racing Technology, which is building the 42 Formula E cars.
Williams Advanced Engineering has announced that it will be the sole supplier of battery technology to the FIA Formula E Championship, the fully electric racing series that is scheduled to begin in 2014. Williams will partner with Spark Racing Technology, which is building the 42 Formula E cars.
Williams has been active in the Formula One program since the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) into the sport in 2009. It has also developed a flywheel hybrid system for Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro, a flywheel system for London buses (with GoAhead Group), and a battery hybrid system for the Jaguar C-X75 supercar.
“The vast experience from Williams in the field of hybrid systems and electric engine power guarantees quality,” said Frederic Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology. “Spark is extremely proud to bring together some of the biggest names in motorsport and expects no less from Williams as they accompany us in the highest level of the first world championship for electric cars.”
“This is an exciting new racing series that will play a key role in highlighting the growing relevance of technologies originally developed for motorsport to the wider world,” said Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal of Williams. “Energy efficiency is an important issue for Williams and whilst our work in this field is now spanning a number of market sectors beyond racing, motorsport will always be the ultimate proving ground for our technologies. Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly important part of the automotive industry and Formula E is the perfect opportunity for Williams to validate the latest developments in battery technology.”