Formula E: Williams to provide battery expertise for FIA electric car

After McLaren, Williams Formula One team is getting involved in the new Formula E Championship for electric single seater that will begin in 2014.

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Williams announced that Williams Advanced Engineering, the division of the Williams group that commercialises Formula One based technologies, is to partner with Spark Racing Technology to design and assemble a battery system for the 42 cars that will be used in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Spark Racing Technology was created in 2012 and is focused on the manufacture of the cars that will compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully electric racing series.

Williams Advanced Engineering has signed an exclusive agreement with Spark Racing Technology and will be the sole supplier of battery technology to Formula E.

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Williams’ battery energy storage capability first originated from its F1 programme following the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) into the sport in 2009. Under the Williams Advanced Engineering brand name, Williams is now active in developing both battery and flywheel energy storage systems for motorsport and non-motorsport applications.

This has included developing a flywheel hybrid system for Audi’s Le Mans winning R18 e-tron quattro, a flywheel system for London buses with Go-Ahead Group, and a battery hybrid system for the Jaguar C-X75 supercar.


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