It seems Formula E is good at recruiting top-notch technology partners. According to the championship's website, Williams is the latest Formula One mainstay to sign on as a technology partner for the new electric car championship series. It will to work closely with Spark Racing Technology to design, assemble, and test the cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries that will power the 150 mph electric cars during the ciruits inaugural season.
Each of the teams competing in Formula E will use a common vehicle to compete. Renault will work with Spark, which has been tasked with building 42 single-seat cars, to optimize the electric and electronic layout and performance of the powertrain. Its focus will be on the safety and reliability of the cars. Powering the cars will be a 300-hp electric motor built by McLaren.
Every race will require 40 batteries (10 teams, two drivers, two cars).
All in all, Formula E is shaping up to be much more exciting with big names (and big egos) joining up. Hopefully this will lead to a sustainable, and entertaining, new race series.