Williams to power F E teams

2013-06-11 15:58

LONDON, England - Formula 1 Williams will design and provide batteries for cars racing in a new Formula E electric series due to start in 2014.

Williams is the second F1 team to become involved in the championship; McLaren signed up in November 2013 to provide the motors, transmissions and electronics.

The team said its Advanced Engineering Division, which finds commercial applications for F1-based technology, would be the sole supplier of battery technology.


Spark, led by Frederic Vasseur, is part of a consortium that will design and assemble the 42 cars required.

Formula E will involve 10 teams and 20 drivers with races scheduled in at least 10 cities around the world including - Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Los Angeles, London, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Putrajaya in Malaysia.

Cape Town, apparently turned it down with little or no discussion.

Team founder and principal Frank Williams said: "This is an exciting new racing series that will play a key role in highlighting the growing relevance of technologies originally developed for motorsport to the wider world.

"Energy efficiency is an important issue for Williams and while our work in this field is now spanning a number of market sectors beyond racing, motorsport will always be the ultimate proving ground for our technologies."


Williams's battery energy storage expertise developed from F1 after the introduction of kinetic energy recovery systems in 2009.

The company has developed battery and flywheel energy storage systems for motorsport - including the Le Mans-winning Audi R18 E-Tron 4x4 - and non-motorsport applications such as London buses.