Renault is upbeat about the performance of its new Formula E powertrain following a successful debut in pre-season testing at Donington this week.
Sebastien Buemi topped both days of testing for the Renault-powered e.dams team, surpassing the quickest time set with last year’s spec Spark-Renault SRT_01E on day two.
Renault’s Formula E project leader Vincent Gaillardot said: “This was the first outing for us with the new powertrain and we ran nearly trouble-free so the performance is very promising.
“Obviously we have a lot to do before the first race but this has shown us where we are.
“We also managed to carry out a full ‘event simulation’ too, including practice, qualifying and the race.”
Buemi, who won three races in Formula E’s inaugural season and missed out on the championship by one point to Nelson Piquet Jr, said e.dams proved this week Renault has “lots of potential”.
“Obviously this is just testing so we don’t take anything for granted, but I think we’re all really pleased with the results over the past two days,” said the ex-Formula 1 driver.
“We do still have some work to do to ensure that every time we come back to Donington we can improve, but it was a good couple of days overall.
“It’s also great that we were able to run in the wet [on Monday] as it gave us some insight into how the powertrain performs in different conditions.”