All-electric off-road racing series Extreme E has partnered with Spark Racing Technology to engineer, develop and assemble its SUV chassis.
Spark Racing Technology will create and construct the common package with strict specification parts, before handing over the homologated framework to each team, allowing competitors to test and develop their own powertrain and bodywork.
The standardized parts produced by Spark Racing Technology consist of the tubular steel frame, suspension and dampers, braking and steering system, as well as crash structure and roll cage. The components open for development are focused on the motor and inverter and select areas of exterior bodywork, such as the engine cover, side skirt, lights and front and rear bumpers.
Prototype testing is scheduled to take place in July this year together with founding partner Continental Tires, with the teams receiving the first delivery of 12 cars from Spark Racing Technology in March 2020. Teams will later have the opportunity to put the Extreme E cars through their paces with collective group testing in the summer, before hopping on board the newly- renovated RMS St. Helena for the first race in January 2021.
“Starting the production and build process for a car is always special and a defining moment when getting a new series off the ground,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, operating partner of Extreme E.
“I’m glad to be once again taking this journey together with Spark Racing Technology – just as we did for Formula E. Working with trusted partners and people like Theo [Theophile Gouzin, Spark Technical Director] and the team at Spark allow us to drive forward with preparations and offer race-ready cars to the teams, before giving them the freedom to develop their own components. I can’t wait to see the prototype in action and the first public demonstration this summer.”