Lucas di Grassi entertaining crowds in the new Formula E car

Formula E car gives first public display

The car that will be used in the inaugural Formula E championship later this year has made its first ever public demonstration.

Driven by former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi, the 150mph zero emission single-seater Spark-Renault SRT_01E entertained crowds with a high-speed display around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The car built by French-based Spark Racing Technology was unveiled in September last year, but yesterday’s display was the public’s first chance to see and hear the cars that will compete in the new FIA Formula E Championship taking place in 10 city-centre circuits around the globe that starts in September.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings, said: “Since the FIA launched Formula E just over a year ago, the progress and interest in the series has been overwhelming.

“When we started we had no cities, no teams, no broadcasters and no car. Now we have all these things so to be able to showcase our new car to everyone involved, and of course the fans, is a very proud moment.

“2014 is a very big year for Formula E with the championship starting in September so it’s important to be starting on such a positive note. Today will also be the first of many roadshows we have planned over the coming months as we want as many people as possible to see, and hear, what we believe is the future of motorsport.”

The car will now be displayed at Formula E partner Qualcomm’s stand for the remainder of the CES Show where the firm will alseo be showcasing its Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC), which will be fitted to the championship’s safety cars.

The competition will see ten teams, each with two drivers, go head-to-head with all teams racing in the Spark-Renault. In future series teams will be able to design their own cars, which is designed to accelerate research in the the electric vehicles market and promote sustainability.

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