Meet the Formulec EF01, a truly awesome single-seater electric race car which combines speed and efficiency with sustainability and respect for the environment.
Designed and created by South African firm Formulec and its technology partner SEGULA Technologies, the new electric race car is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 150 mph.
Now, thanks to a recent sponsorship deal with France’s FCI, the Formulec EF01 is set to embark on a tour of some of the top motorsports events around the world.
Furthermore, by 2012, the project is to establish the first electric single-seater race series. This race series will be called the ‘Formulec World Series’ and it will comprise 10 events per year exclusively for the EF01.
The format will continue in 2013, allowing selected top-class international drivers to measure their skills at the wheel of the EF01 on race tracks around the world. The vision for the 2014 season and beyond is for the ‘Formulec World Championship’ to be created for automakers and industrialists who have developed their own electric single-seater race cars to enter the competition.
The key technology behind the Formulec EF01 is a special interconnection system that relies on FCI’s hi-performance connectors, which are recognized for their compact size and low weight. In the EF01 these connectors are used for the high current and high voltage (250A/400-800V) DC connection for the battery, junction box and inverter.
With the top echelon of motorsports, Formula 1, continuing to look for ever-greener solutions, we’re glad that there are companies like Formulec and FCI focusing on keeping racing exciting, even when it’s green.