Prototype testing is scheduled for July 2019
Extreme E has joined forces with motorsport manufacturer Spark Racing Technology to engineer, develop and assemble an all-new electric SUV model for the pioneering off-road racing series.
Spark Racing Technology will create and construct a package with strict specification parts, before handing over the homologated framework to each team. The competitors will be then able to test and develop their own powertrain and bodywork.
The standardised parts consist of the tubular steel frame, suspension and dampers, braking and steering system – as well as crash structure and roll cage. The components are focussed on the motor and inverter and select areas of exterior bodywork, such as the engine cover, side skirt, lights and front and rear bumpers.
Spark Racing Technology will also partner with Continental Tyres for the supply of high-performance tyres. The teams are expected to receive the first delivery of 12 cars in March 2020. They will later have the opportunity to put the Extreme E cars through their paces with collective group testing, before appearing for the first race in January 2021.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E and operating partner of Extreme E, said: “Starting the production and build process for a car is always special and a defining moment when getting a new series off the ground. I’m glad to be once again taking this journey together with Spark Racing Technology – just as we did for Formula E. Working with trusted partners and people like Theo and the team at Spark allow us to drive forward with preparations and offer race-ready cars to the teams, before giving them the freedom to develop their own components. I can’t wait to see the prototype in action and the first public demonstration this summer.”
Theophile Gouzin, Technical Director of Spark Racing Technology, said: “Spark is thrilled to engineer the all-new electric SUV for Extreme E. Our team is privileged to be co-pioneering this new competition focussed on e-mobility. Spark sees Extreme E as forward-thinking and a true engineering challenge – the ultimate proving ground for electric vehicles.”