Williams Advanced Engineering announced in June 2013 that it will partner with Spark Racing Technology to design and assemble a battery system for the 42 cars that will be used in the FIA Formula E Championship.
Spark Racing Technology was created in 2012 and is focused on the manufacture of the cars that will compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully electric racing series that begins in 2014. Williams Advanced Engineering has signed an exclusive agreement with Spark Racing Technology and will be the sole supplier of battery technology to Formula E.
Williams battery expertise first originated from its Formula One programme, following the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems into the sport in 2009. Williams Advanced Engineering is drawing upon the battery systems used in Williams' Formula One cars to create new battery and battery management systems that are capable of powering a fully electric racing car.