The FIA Formula E has named Spark Racing Technologies as the supplier of the next generation of Formula E race cars.
For the fifth season of Formula E, which starts in late 2018, Spark Racing Technology will partner with will chassis builder Dallara to develop ‘SRT05e’ chassis under newer, stricter regulations than in seasons past.
The French company promises improved aerodynamics, a reduction in weight, and more efficient use of the battery. Most notably Spark has opted not to use a traditional rear wing. Instead the car has a very prominent diffuser in respect to width, height and length.
The new car will look similar to the concept car pictured here. Some of the visual elements may change, but what won’t change is a requirement that the SRT05e complete an entire race on one charge.
The SRT05e is designed to get twice the range of its predecessor, the first-generation Spark Renault SRT01 used by all teams since Formula E’s inception. Current Formula E cars don’t have the range to run an entire race, so drivers swap cars during a pit stop.
Formula E is steadily gaining traction. Manufacturers currently participating in the series include Renault, Audi, Jaguar, Mahindra, and Citroën’s DS sub-brand, as well as startups NextEV and Faraday Future. BMW and Mercedes-Benz have taken options to enter the series at a future date, while Audi has said it will expand its presence significantly.