Williams to supply Formula E battery systems
Williams have today announced that they will supply the newly-created Formula E with battery systems for its debut season in 2014, seeing the team continue its support of junior formulae.
The team had previously worked with MotorSport Vision in designing Formula Two cars, and also led the way in innovative technology by developing an early version of the KERS system used in Formula One.
In a statement, the team said: “Williams is pleased to announce that Williams Advanced Engineering, the division of the Williams group that commercialises Formula One based technologies, is to partner with Spark Racing Technology to design and assemble a battery system for the 42 cars that will be used in the FIA Formula E Championship.
“Spark Racing Technology was created in 2012 and is focused on the manufacture of the cars that will compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully electric racing series that begins in 2014. Williams Advanced Engineering has signed an exclusive agreement with Spark Racing Technology and will be the sole supplier of battery technology to Formula E.”
Team principal Sir Frank Williams was highly enthusiastic about the project.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Spark Racing Technology to introduce our battery technology into their cars for next year’s FIA Formula E Championship. 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.
“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.”
This development is an interesting one for Williams, allowing them to widen their horizons by expanding into this new and highly-exciting feeder series which aims to redefine the technology and carbon efficiency of single seater racing.
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