NEXTEV TCR Liveried Spark-Renault SRT_01E (2016) â€“ Piquet Jr. â€“ London ePrix Race 2
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The electric formula race car designed for use as the base chassis by all 10 teams competing in the inaugural season of the zero-emission Formula E series, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E aimed to push the boundaries of what was achievable in electric motorsport. It was the result of a 10-month collaboration, designed and built by Spark Racing Technology, headed by the renowned Frédéric Vasseur, together with a consortium of leading manufacturers in motorsport. The car's monocoque chassis was constructed by Italian firm Dallara from carbon fibre and aluminium, and possessed aerodynamics sculpted to aid overtaking. McLaren Electronics Systems provided the electric motor, gearbox and electronics and Williams Advanced Engineering was responsible for the design and supply of the batteries and their management systems. Overseeing all the systems integration, performance optimisation and powertrain electrical safety was Formula E's Technical Partner Renault, whilst custom made 18-inch treaded tyres were created by Official Tyre Partner Michelin. The battery developed a maximum power of 200 kW, allowing a FIA limited top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h) and acceleration from 0–62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 3 seconds. The battery pack was big enough to provide power for 20–25 minutes but, as races were almost an hour long, the drivers had to swap one car for another halfway through the race.
This fine 1:8 scale model depicts the NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team’s Spark-Renault SRT_01E precisely as it was raced to Drivers' Championship victory in the London ePrix Race 2 on 28th June 2015 by Nelson Piquet Jnr, sealing him the inaugural 2015 FIA ABB Formula E Drivers’ Championship ahead of Team e.dams Renault’s Sébastien Buemi by a single point. In a highly competitive season, in which the top three drivers finished only eleven points apart, Piquet emerged victor after an eventful double header race weekend at Battersea Park. At the beginning of the weekend, Piquet Jnr. was 17 points clear of his closest rival Lucas di Grassi after winning his second race of the season in Moscow. Despite finishing fifth in London’s Race 1, Piquet’s lead was slashed to just five points after a stunning pole-to-flag victory by Buemi, whilst di Grassi also outscored him and remained only thirteen points behind.
Race 2 occurred on the Sunday and started in devastating fashion for Piquet. A rain-hit qualifying session only saw him succeed in gaining sixteenth on the grid, with his title rivals both ahead: Buemi in prime position in sixth, whilst di Grassi was eleventh. Piquet drove in a very determined fashion from start to finish, making up a lot of places thanks to a very aggressive strategy. His courage was rewarded with seventh place. Di Grassi finished a single position up the road, not enough to overhaul the gap from third, whilst Buemi was punished for a spin shortly after his pit stop. The mistake meant Bruno Senna got ahead of him to finish fourth, giving Piquet the maiden title by a single point in front of over 25,000 spectators. Piquet’s triumph marked a moment in history, not only for Formula E but for China, as NEXTEV TCR became the first Chinese team to produce the champion in an FIA series. Despite Piquet winning the championship, NEXTEV TCR only finished fourth in the Teams' Championship, as his teammates, of which there were four during the course of the 11 races (Ho-Pin Tung, Antonio García, Charles Pic and Oliver Turvey), only added 8 points, the team scoring 152 points in total.
This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Formula E regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of original CAD supplied directly has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, the prototype model has undergone detailed scrutiny by Formula E to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
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