Formula E car makes its début on public roads in Las Vegas

WU staff | Motorsport | January 8, 2014
Formula E car makes its début on public roads in Las Vegas

Spark-Renault SRT, one of the teams participating in the much awaited Formula E world championship, made their first public demonstration of the all-electric, single seater racer at the CES show in Las Vegas.

The technology fans at the CES show and the public of Las Vegas were treated to a driving demonstration by Brazilian Lucas di Grassi in one of the Formula E cars, as he drove down the Las Vegas Strip and then to Mandalay Bay in the centre of the city.

“Everybody at Renault is very proud that we were able to show the 100% electric Spark-Renault race car in driving conditions for a very tech-savvy crowd in Las Vegas. The work that has been done by all technical partners over the last few months has been fantastic and the car lives up to Renault’s high competition standards,” said Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Technologies.

You could say the Formula E car felt at home driving on public roads, as the 10 races lined up for its maiden season will all be held on specially prepared street circuits. The cars run purely on electricity, and are zero-emissions, further bolstering the capabilities of this technology.

Through the sport, the organisers hope that they can have a positive impact on the sales of electric cars worldwide. In future seasons, the sport – much like how Formula 1 is to gasoline powered cars– will hopefully become a hot bed for the latest electric vehicle technologies.

Among the teams participating in the maiden season of Formula E will be India's Mahindra Racing, that has had phenomenal success in two-wheeler racing in the Moto3 championship. Mahindra hopes the knowledge gained in racing will help it build better and sell more electric vehicles through its Reva brand.

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