|Williams Advanced Engineering|
|Based||Grove, Oxfordshire, UK|
|Founder||William Grand Prix Engineering (2010)|
|Announced||1 July 2020|
|Role||Official Battery Supplier|
Williams Advanced Engineering are a British research and development firm, which has multiple links to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as an official supplier to Spark Racing Technologies and Jaguar Racing. The first supplier of batteries to FE during the SRT_01E era, WAE would subsequently reclaim the battery tender for FE ahead of the Generation 3 era.
WAE was formed in 2010 as an off-shoot of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, the firm behind the Williams Formula One team, to better relate Williams to the wider automotive industry. The firm quickly found a niche in research and development, particularly in electronics for major motorsport programmes as well as developing enhanced battery systems. In 2019 EMK Capital obtained a controlling stake in WAE, although the group would maintain their close ties with Williams F1, including their base in Grove, Oxfordshire, UK.
Formula E History
WAE first became involved in the FIA Formula E Championship ahead of the inaugural season, after signing a deal with Spark Racing Technologies to develop the batteries for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. That partnership lasted until the end of the 2017/18 season, when WAE lost the battery supply contract to McLaren Applied Technologies. WAE would, however, maintain a presence in FE by signing a deal with Jaguar Racing to help support the British squad on a technical level, before also signing a deal to supply the Extreme E Championship with battery system in 2019.
Third Generation: 2022/23 - 2025/26
WAE would subsequently apply to supply FE with batteries again once the tender for the Generation 3 ruleset was opened in December 2019. WAE duly reclaimed the contract to supply FE with batteries on 1 July 2020, and would again work with Spark to develop a system that could cope with 600 kW of regeneration and an out-put of 250 kW.
For the first generation of the FIA Formula E Championship car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, WAE developed a 28kWh Lithium-Ion battery, in partnership with Spark Racing Technologies. 42 batteries were produced for the inaugural season, to match Formula E's purchase of 42 cars for the 2014/15 season.
Generation 3 Battery
Videos and Images:
- Sam Smith, 'HANKOOK GRABS FORMULA E TYRE DEAL FOR GEN3', therace.com, (The Race, 01/07/2020), https://the-race.com/formula-e/hankook-grabs-formula-e-tyre-deal-for-gen3/, (Accessed 01/07/2020)
- [Archived] 'Spark Racing Technology announces partnership with Williams', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/06/2013), https://web.archive.org/web/20130920012934/http://www.fiaformulae.com/news/Spark-RT-announces-partnership-with-Williams-Advanced-Engineering, (Accessed 21/12/2021) - Original
- 'About Us', wae.com, (Williams Advanced Engineering Limited, 2021), https://wae.com/about-us/, (Accessed 21/12/2021)
- 'EMK Acquires Williams Advanced Engineering', emkcapital.com, (EMK Capital, 31/12/2019), https://www.emkcapital.com/emk-acquires-williams-advanced-engineering/, (Accessed 21/12/2021)
- '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)
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- Alex Kalinauckas, 'Gen3 car to be quicker and lighter, with fast-charge pitstops', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 16/12/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/gen3-car-faster-lighter-pitstops/4614026/, (Accessed 18/06/2020)
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