If the future of Formula racing is electric, it could look a lot like the Formulec EF01 that's just been revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Constructed in a two-and-a-half-year period with a number of quality partners pursuing pollution-free Formula 3 performance, the single seater could be the starting point for a new electric series with over a dozen events on five continents. Soon, too. Green flags could be dropping as early as 2012.
With Segula Matra Technologies providing the technical coordination for the effort, the drivetrain was developed by the same people behind the Exagon Furtive eGT and Andros ice-racers. It makes use of a pair of Siemens motors mated to a two-speed gearbox that help it accelerate to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in three seconds and head northward of 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour). The energy to race for 20 to 25 minutes is stored in lithium ion batteries from Saft and are hidden beneath beautiful bodywork developed with help from the likes of the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team.
The Formulec organization has a serious plan in place to get an electric Formula racing series established that could see the entrance of other constructors in 2013, once a set of technical specs are decided upon. In the near term, look out for appearances at tracks around the world as they make their case for electric performance. Hit the jump for a sample of EF01 making the rounds at Magny Cours in a spiffy video put together by the folks at Formulec as well as their official press release.