Williams to supply Formula E battery units
11 June 2013 – Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), a division of the Williams group, will supply battery power units for the Formula E Championship, governing body the FIA's new electric-based racing series which is set to stage its inaugural season in 2014.
As part of the agreement, WAE will team up with Spark Racing Technology, designing and assembling the battery systems for all 42 cars to be used in the category.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Spark Racing Technology to introduce our battery technology into their cars for next year’s FIA Formula E Championship," explained Williams Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams. "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 whilst 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. Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly important part of the automotive industry and Formula E is the perfect opportunity for Williams to validate the latest developments in battery technology."
Formula E is due to hold street races in London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro during its debut 2014 campaign.