TTI is proud to announce its partnership with Dragon Racing to further advance electric vehicle technology. The all-electric racing series centers around the fusion of engineering, technology, sport, music and entertainment. The team came in 2nd in the constructors championship for the 2014/2015 season.
Dragon Racing was the only team to have 2 double podiums in the season, which were in Germany and London. This season, teams will use the SRT_01E model vehicle and all teams/drivers will be based at Donington Park, a purpose-built motorsport hub in the UK.
The format for Formula E is very similar to that of Formula One. Each Formula E event will be held over three days, with Day 1 allocated for practice, Day 2 qualifying, and Day 3 is race day. The race will last 45 minutes with one mandatory pit stop. Racing will sound very different, with Formula E registering at about 80dB, slightly louder than ordinary cars; whereas Formula One registers in at about 130dB. Spectators and fans will be brought into the racing event with smartphone apps and the ability to vote to influence the race with something called FanBoost.
Formula E is the world’s first all-electric race series officially approved by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automotible (FIA).
From September 2014 to June 2015, ten teams and twenty drivers competed in ten circuits venues around the world. All drivers race in the same model car, the SRT_01E.
This season, all teams will use the SRT_01E model vehicle. The development of the Formula E racecar was led by French company Spark Racing Technology.
The SRT_01E features an electric powertrain and electronics by McLaren Electronic Systems; carbon fiber and aluminum monocoque chassis.
The 1,940.1 pound vehicle will be able to hit 0 to 62 mph in 2.95 seconds and have a top speed of 150 mph.
Its maximum power output will be 200kW equating to 270 horsepower and the vehicle will have a max regenerative capacity of 150kW, powered by the brakes as drivers enter corners and chicanes.
"The sound of Formula E is going to be a big surprise for everyone" says Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
The sound is said to be akin to that of a podracer from Star Wars. Find out for yourself with this video of Grand Prix champion Jarno Trulli test driving the SRT_01E.The SRT_01E can go from 0 - 100 km/h (0-62mph) in 3 seconds.
Founded by Jay Penske, DRAGON RACING became one of the ten teams competing in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship after many successful years competing in the North American IndyCar racing series. The accomplishments of the team’s key personnel places Dragon Racing in the enviable position of having one of the most experienced teams in the Formula E Paddock.
Collectively the team’s crew has over 150 years of racing experience, with over 275 race wins, 24 Indy 500 victories, and 17 series championships. In the inaugural Formula E season DRAGON RACING finished Runner up in the teams points standings, won the Berlin ePrix and not only was the only team accomplishing putting both drivers in the podium in the same race but did it twice!
Jerome D'Ambrosio began karting in 1997 before graduating to compete in Belgian Formula Renault. He won three Belgian karting titles, including Formula A and the Junior Monaco Kart Cup. The Belgian then teamed up with ex-Formula 1 driver Thierry Boutsen in his first year in Formula Renault. D'Ambrosio joined the Renault F1 driver development programme in 2004 whilst racing in the French Formula Renault championship.
Following a number of years moving through the ranks to Formula Renault 3.5 and the Formula Master Series, D'Ambrosio made the step up to GP2 with the DAMS team. He competed alongside Kamui Kobayashi in the Asian Series before landing a seat for a full season a year later.
After securing his first win in Monaco, d'Ambrosio joined Renault F1 as a test driver before taking part in a number of Friday practice sessions with Virgin Racing.
In 2011, he made his Formula 1 debut with Marussia. D'Ambrosio showed consistency in his first season and recorded a best place finish of fourteenth, higher than his team-mate Timo Glock. D'Ambrosio subsequently signed as a reserve driver for Lotus F1 and replaced Romain Grosjeanat the Italian Grand Prix in 2012 following a one-race ban for dangerous driving.
Loic Duval began his career in karting in 2002 winning the French Formula Campus title. The following year he clinched the French Formula Renault Championship before moving to race in Formula Three Euro Series. He picked up two podiums and had his first taste of Formula 1 machinery in a test for the Renault F1 team.
In 2005, Duval finished the year sixth in F3 Euro Seriesand won pole at the famous Macau Grand Prix. He then moved to Japan where he began racing in Formula Nippon and Super GT.
He continued in Formula Nippon and made two starts for A1 Team France in the A1 Grand Prix series in Australia and New Zealand. He won the 2009 Formula Nippon Championship with four wins driving for Nakajima Racing after finishing second in 2008. Duval has also competed in endurance racing in both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship. His most notable victory came in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours for Audi.
Using the very latest technology, the zero emission Venturi VM200 stretches the boundaries of what is currently available in electric motorsport. Made from carbon fiber and aluminum, the chassis is both super lightweight and incredibly strong and fully complies with the latest FIA crash tests.
Venture, a world leader in high performance electric vehicles, provides the electric powertrain (motor control unit, motor and multi speed paddle shift sequential gearbox.) Williams Advanced Engineering supplies the battery which produces 200kW, the equivalent of 270 bhp.
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