The push towards a future for electric racing cars continues to gather momentum with the announcement by FondTech of its E-11, described by the Italian company as the world’s first purpose-built electric single seater.
The car has been designed by FondTech boss Jean-Claude Migeot and his team with an eye on the FIA’s Formula E category, which has been proposed for 2013, but for which which no firm regulations exist as yet. Intriguingly, the E-11 features four wheel drive.
The company says: “The project can be traced back to early computer simulations carried out in 2009 before the project was officially signed off in May 2010. Since then CFD research has continued, a 60% scale model wind tunnel-developed and the chosen motor/gearbox assembly bench tested. Chassis manufacture has also begun ahead of the car’s first track test in January 2012.
“E-11 is intended to match the performance figures of current-specification Formula 3 cars over a 20-minute duration around any existing circuit in the world. It is the challenges posed by such figures, as well as the car’s conception as the first ground-up electric single-seater, that has seen the E-11 depart from established design philosophy.”
Migeot says that the clean sheet of paper approach made for an interesting challenge.
“With a reputation built on aerodynamics, this adventure into a new sphere of motorsport has allowed FondTech to develop a concept unencumbered by regulations but at the same time bound by the current level of battery technology,” said the Frenchman. “Range and weight were always going to provide our biggest obstacles which is why aero efficiency has played such a key role in this project.
“E-11 also includes a number of innovative features, like four wheel-drive, which we believe are essential to extracting the most potential from electric racing cars. Due to the limitations of existing batteries, and in helping restore motorsport’s value as the proving ground of tomorrow’s road car technology, it was imperative that our imagination was not restricted. I am hopeful the FIA will appreciate this pioneering spirit when framing their own regulations in the coming months.”
The company has released the following video which demonstrates that – thanks to the batteries being under the driver – the car has a somewhat unusual top heavy look to it…