The prototype of the second-generation Formula E car has conducted its first endurance test, after recent running in Spain.
The car, known as the SRT05e, conducted three days at the Monteblanco circuit and clocked more than 1000 kms of running.
It comes following initial validation tests with the car, without bodywork, by Anthoine Hubert and Benoit Treluyer in September, to evaluate the more powerful Season Five battery.
It is understood Hubert has tested again and continues in the car today for further running.
E-racing365 has discovered that Porsche factory driver Frederic Makowiecki also tested the car on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The tests at Monteblanco saw the SRT05e run with its full bodywork for the first time. The shape of the car, which one senior source described as ‘otherworldly’ incorporates a large Venturi at the rear rather than a conventional rear wing.
The same source told e-racing365 that the test was “the most significant to date and ticked many of the boxes identified by the FIA and Spark.”
No major issues were reported, with four full-race simulations understood to have been carried out over the course of the three-day test.
Spark Technologies has been entrusted with developing the SRT05e and will run several more tests before the end of the year.
The SRT05e must go twice the distance of the current cars and is known to have been constructed using new materials that’s aimed to reduce the overall weight.
“Weight is a key factor and we can compensate something with the chassis but again the Halo situation is working a little bit against us,” Professor Burkhard Göschel, the head of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission (ENECC) told e-racing365.
“We are getting a weight reduction compared to the first estimates. This is through a better calculation and simulation after the crash test result where we put a reduced weight in the body structure which is a tough issue because it is all carbon fibre and not too heavy.”
Several team managers told e-racing365 in Valencia that there was some concern on the likelihood of expensive bodywork repairs due to the intricate nature of the Season Five design.