French automaker Renault announced on Wednesday a technical partnership with Spark Racing Technology to provide a zero-emission, all-electric race car for the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship. The #42 Spark-Renault SRT_01E will make its debut during the inaugural season of Formula E racing. Renderings of the car also show Swiss watchmaker Tag-Heuer and tire manufacturer Michelin as newly inked FIA Formula E Championship sponsors.
"We believe that motorsport is an efficient manner to promote the efficiency of new technologies, and we're eager to use that single-seater in FIA Formula E championship to show our technology is the best," said Renault Executive Vice President Philippe Klein.
Renault will also lean on its Formula 1 racing experience to help develop safety and reliability technologies for Formula E. "Engineers from Renault Sport F1 and Renault Sport Technologies will collaborate with Spark Racing Technology team to optimize the electric and electronic layout and performance of the powertrain. Our experience will be particularly valuable to ensure the safety and reliability of the car, " said Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Technologies.