The Spark-Renault racing car was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show on the Michelin stand. A second model was featured on the Renault stand around the corner. Sidepod intakes are solid – this car had no powertrain installed.
Its silhouette echoes traditional open wheel racing cars. Large rear fairings are designed to improve efficiency.
Suspension components appear lightweight and somewhat flimsy compared to F1 machines. Skinny front wing produces minimal downforce; note the additional surfaces that are far simpler than F1 multiplane surfaces.
Fang-like aero devices direct air flow better around the contoured underbody.
Side wings on the Spark-Renault Formula E racing car are mostly for safety but will have some limited functionality for airflow direction too. Sidepod intakes are required for cooling the batteries and motors, but requirements are minimal compared with F1 engines.
The view from the inside the new racing car. (We did say we’d been shouted at for getting too close.) Enjoy.
The Formula E racing car will be just as tight a fit as other open cockpit single seaters. The drivers know what to expect, then.