Spark Racing Technologies
|Chassis||Carbon Fibre/Aluminium monocoque|
|Battery||McLaren Applied Technologies|
|Top Speed||280km/h (174mph)|
|Formula E Record|
|Début||2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix|
|Users||Audi; BMW; DS; Jaguar Racing; Mahindra; Mercedes-Benz; NIO; Nissan; Penske; Porsche; Venturi|
The Spark SRT05e, also known as the Spark Generation 2 or Gen 2, is a race car chassis, to be used as the base car for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship between the 2018/19 and 2021/22 Championship. Built by Spark Racing Technologies with assistance from Dallara as a replacement for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, the Gen 2 was be the first FE car capable of completing a full race distance, having been fitted with a battery constructed by McLaren Applied Technologies.
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. The examples sold to the teams were then be retrofitted with powertrains developed by one of FE's nine approved manufacturers for season five, as per the FIA's regulations.
The SRT05e was receive a "face-lift" ahead of the 2020/21 Championship, identified as the "Evo" package, which will implement "self-punishing" bodywork after complaints about aggressive driving in the SRT05e's debut season. However, this implementation would be delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, with tentative plans to introduce the update in 2021/22.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. The design process began late in 2016, with several proposed designs submitted to the FIA and Formula E for approval.
The FIA and FE approved one of the Spark designs in early 2017, releasing several CAD renderings by Spark in February 2017. 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. 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.
Spark SRT05e EvoAfter receiving widespread praise for its radical design, the FIA and Formula E agreed to extend the use of the SRT05e for an additional season, meaning it would serve as the base chassis for the series for four seasons. This announcement was followed by news that the SRT05e would receive a "facelift" ahead of the 2020/21 season, which was designed to "punish" drivers for making contact. The update was requested by several drivers and teams after the SRT05e proved particularly robust during its debut season in 2018/19, allowing drivers to be more aggressive than they otherwise could have been.
The first images of the "Evo" update to the SRT05e were revealed on 4 February 2020, and would show major revisions to the front and rear bodywork. The bodywork covering the front wheels was removed, and instead replaced with a Spark-Renault SRT-01E-esque front wing, designed to be more delicate than the original. At the rear, meanwhile, the coverings over the rear wheels had been removed, and were instead replaced by a shark-fin down the spine of the chassis, as well as a pair of angled winglets to form a partial rear-wing.
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. The major features of the specification are shown below:
- 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
- Maximum power: 250 kW (c.335 bhp)
- Race mode: 200 kW (c.270 bhp)
- 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.
Full Formula E Record
The full results for the Spark SRT05e are shown below:
Videos and Images:
- '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)
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ 2.0 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)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Alex Kalinauckas, 'Formula E set for new “self-punishing” front end design', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 06/08/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/self-punishing-front-end-facelift/4509302/, (Accessed 30/10/2019)
- ↑ Sam Smith, 'FORMULA E TO DELAY GEN2 EVO CAR', therace.com, (The Race, 09/04/2020), https://the-race.com/formula-e/formula-e-manufacturers-ask-to-delay-gen2-evo-car/, (Accessed 17/06/2020)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 '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)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ Sam Smith, 'FORMULA E: Gen 2 Car Update, Extra Season Confirmed', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 18/01/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/gen-2-car-update-extra-season-confirmed/, (Accessed 30/10/2019)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Matt Kew, 'Formula E reveals first pictures of updated Gen2 EVO car', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 04/02/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/gen2-evo-car-reveal-pictures/4680184/, (Accessed 17/06/2020)
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- ↑ Sam Smith, 'Fanboost Expansion Confirmed at WMSC', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 05/12/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/fanboost-expansion-confirmed-at-wmsc/, (Accessed 06/12/2018)
- ↑ Sam Smith, 'Formula E Confirms Attack Mode Details', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC., 03/12/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/formula-e-confirms-attack-mode-details/, (Accessed 06/12/2018)
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- ↑ 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)