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Spark SRT05e
Spark II
Car Details
Manufacturer Italy Dallara
France Spark Racing Technologies
Model SRT05e
Designer
Chassis Carbon Fibre/Aluminium monocoque
Electric Motor Various
Battery Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren Applied Technologies
Length 5,160mm (203.150in)[1]
Width 1,770mm (69.685in)
Height 1,050mm (41.339in)
Weight 900kg (1984.160lb)
Top Speed 280km/h (174mph)
Tyres Michelin
Formula E Record
Début 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Entries ({{{starts}}} Starts)
First Win
Titles
Users Audi; BMW; DS; HWA; Jaguar Racing; Mahindra; NIO; Nissan; Penske; Venturi; Virgin Racing
Poles Wins Fastest Laps
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The Spark SRT05e, also known as the Spark Generation 2 or Gen 2, is set to be the base car for the upcoming 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a replacement for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E.[2] Built by Spark Racing Technologies with assistance from Dallara, the Gen 2 will be the first FE car capable of completing a full race distance, having been fitted with a battery constructed by McLaren Applied Technologies.[2]

22 Gen 2s were sold to the eleven entrants 2018/19 Formula E Championship, along with a full set of spares for each chassis, with two additional examples retained by the series for promotional events.[2] The examples sold to the teams will then be retrofitted with powertrains developed by one of FE's nine approved manufacturers for season five, as per the FIA's regulations.[2]

Competitive HistoryEdit

The Gen 2 made its public debut at the Geneva Motorshow on the 6 March 2018, with deliveries to teams following soon after for testing.[1] The SRT05e subsequently made its public test debut during the 2018 Valencia Test, which was attended by all eleven entrants to the 2018/19 season with nine different manufacturers building powertrains.[3] The fastest time of the test would be recorded by António Félix da Costa at the wheel of the BMW iFE.18 variant of the Gen 2, a 1:16.977, while Nelson Piquet Jr. covered the most distance in the Jaguar powered version.[3]

Development HistoryEdit

Spark Racing Technologies were among a number of companies to apply for the tender to build a new FE car for the 2018/19 season when the FIA and Formula E Holdings opened applications in March 2016.[4] They won the tender with ease having successfully obtained the tender for the first FE car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E back in 2012, and immediately announced that Italian racing specialists Dallara would partner them on the project once again.[5] The design process began late in 2016, with several proposed designs submitted to the FIA and Formula E for approval.[2]

Formula CreativeEdit

The FIA and FE approved one of the Spark designs in early 2017, releasing several CAD renderings by Spark in February 2017.[6] These designs were steadily evolved over 2017, with Spark and Dallara ultimately getting approval to build a version of their final design at the end of the 2017 season.[2] The final design was revealed on the 30 January 2018 with a series of HD images and renderings of the new car, dubbed the "Gen 2", with the full public unveiling of the first chassis staged for the 6 March 2018 at the Geneva Motorshow.[2]

SpecificationsEdit

A full report of the Spark Gen 2's technical specification was released on the 6 March 2018, alongside the reveal of the first fully built chassis.[1] The major features of the specification are shown below:

Dimensions:

  • Overall length: 5,160 mm
    • Wheelbase: 3,100 mm
  • Overall width: 1,770 mm
    • Track width: 1,553 mm
  • Overall height: 1,505 mm
    • Ride height: 75 mm (max)
  • Weight (inc. driver): 900 kg (battery 385 kg)
  • Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport - 18" (treaded)
    • Front width: 260 mm
    • Front diameter: 650 mm
    • Rear width: 305 mm
    • Rear diameter: 690 mm
  • Brakes: Brembo

Performance:

  • Maximum power: 250 kW (335 bhp)
  • Race mode: 200 kW (270 bhp)
    • FanBoost: TBA
    • Regeneration: 250kW (max)
  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (174 mph)*
  • 0-100kph (0-62mph): 2.8s

* It was originally reported that the Spark Gen 2 could reach over 300 km/h.[7]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

The full results for the Spark SRT05e are shown below:

ResourcesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Next generation Formula E Car breaks cover in Geneva', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/next-generation-formula-e-car-breaks-cover-in-geneva/, (Accessed 06/03/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 'Introducing: the Gen2 Formula E car', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/introducing-the-gen2-formula-e-car/, (Accessed 30/01/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'BMW top for all three days of pre-season testing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/10/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/bmw-top-for-all-three-days-of-pre-season-testing/, (Accessed 19/10/2018)
  4. 'FIA puts Formula E battery and chassis supply out to tender', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/03/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/march/fia-puts-formula-e-battery-and-chassis-supply-out-to-tender.aspx, (Accessed 31/01/2018)
  5. Scott Mitchell', 'Spark to build new Formula E car, cockpit protection device likely', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 24/08/2016), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/125840/fe-set-to-adopt-cockpit-protection-device, (Accessed 31/01/2018)
  6. Sam Smith, 'Formula E's concept for new 2018/19 cars unveiled', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 12/02/2017), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/128081/formula-e-new-201819-concept-unveiled, (Accessed 31/01/2018)
  7. Scott Mitchell, 'New Formula E car capable of more than 300km/h - champion di Grassi', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 31/01/2018), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/134156/new-fe-car-capable-of-more-than-300kmh, (Accessed 31/01/2018)