Thursday saw Formulec’s EF01 become the first 100% electric single‐seater to take to the fabled streets of Monte Carlo and the historic Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
The demonstration run took place as part of the Monaco EVER Show, an event dedicated to promoting future use of environmentally conscious vehicles, with the inaugural Eco Luxury Tour parade bringing together seven exceptional cars powered solely by electric motors.
Frenchman Jonathan Cochet drove the EF01 from the Forum Grimaldi, where the show takes place until March 25th, to Le Rocher, site of the famed Prince’s Palace.
The seven cars were then presented to Prince Albert II. Formulec representatives discussed their electric single-seater’s project history with the reigning monarch including the EF01’s key characteristics and performance details.
Following the presentation the cars took to the streets again, taking in parts of the iconic Grand Prix circuit including; the start‐finish straight, Sainte Dévote, the climb to Casino Square and Loews hairpin before returning to the Grimaldi Forum.
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s (FIA) – the worlds primary motoring and motorsport organization – are already developing a 100% electric single-seater championship series called Formula E. Their plan will see the FIA conduct worldwide demonstrations for the new electric racing series starting next year.
With that in mind, Formulec is already hard at work on the new EF02 and their own plans for an international electric racing series, integrating the masses of data acquired from two years testing the current car.
The FIA noted that the recent Formula One Grand Prix held in Melbourne Australia could play host to the Formula E series in the foreseeable future (see story here, http://www.emotorsportnews.com/on-track/2012/03/australian-circuits-considered-for-formula-e-demonstration/).
As popular as the Australian Grand Prix event is, surely hosting a Formula E demonstration or support race as well during a future Monaco Grand Prix weekend would be a no-brainer both in terms of exposure and prestige. You bet the FIA know that as well so stay tuned…