/Jarno Trulli Approves of Formula E Cars

Jarno Trulli Approves of Formula E Cars

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Jarno Trulli, the 39-year-old Italian racing driver and former F1 hotshot, is now supporting the Formula E Championship as a member of the Drivers’ Club. He recently got to spend a whole day at the wheel of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E car, and emerged from the experience thoroughly impressed.

Seeing as all Formula E cars are virtually similar in terms of the technicalities and aerodynamics, you can expand that view to the other cars as well. The car Trulli drove featured the final, race-approved 200kw (270bhp) battery pack that will be used during the season.

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The Spark-Renault Formula E car features a chassis by Dallara, McLaren electric motor, gearbox and electronics, Williams batteries, Renault systems integration and Michelin bespoke 18” treaded tyres. One thing that stands out about these Formula E cars is the impeccable reliability. The SRT_01E has completed more than 1,500km of trouble-free testing so far. An F1 car would break down 10 times covering the same distance!

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Trulli, one of the most experienced drivers in the history of F1, competing in 256 Grand Prix and lying third on the all-time entry list, behind Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher and joint with Riccardo Patrese, describes his Formula E experience as such:

“From inside the cockpit it feels like driving a proper Formula One car, the sound is different but you still hear the sound of the electrical engine and gearbox, so in terms of feeling it’s perfect for a racing driver. Maybe from the outside it seems different but inside you don’t notice it. So far I have enjoyed it because it’s a nice car to drive. As a first day I expected something different and it certainly is, but having a feeling of a racing car was the most important thing. I have been racing for 30 years, 15 in Formula One, so I have seen more or less everything so I anticipated finding something unlike anything else but it gave me the same feeling of the old days.”

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