The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico, last week included the announcement of the Formulec EF01, an all-electric single-seater conceived to introduce a new, multichassis, international track-racing series in 2013.
The target is for on-track performance on par with the FIA Formula Three series, which is based on a 2.0-liter internal-combustion engine. The car was developed during the past 30 months by French company Segula Matra Technologies.
The powertrain consists of a pair of Siemens electric motors mated to a purpose-built, two-speed transmission developed by Hewland.
The rules for the racing series have not been announced, in particular how many miles a vehicle will race and how battery replacement will be handled during the race. The SAFT lithium-ion batteries have sufficient energy for 20 to 25 minutes of racing, and take 60-90 minutes to recharge.
The monocoque frame and bodywork of the new car were developed by the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team, using a two-fifths scale model in its on-site wind tunnel in Brackley, England.
Michelin adapted new energy-saving tires to suit the power and torque of the motors.
A prototype Formulec car has been track-tested at Magny-Cours by Jules Bianchi and on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit by Alexandre Prémat. The car accelerated from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds and exceed 155 mph. Ongoing track testing will be managed by the ART Grand Prix team.
The promoters in Paris plan a 10-event championship on five continents in 2012.