Williams Advanced Engineering announced its partnership with Spark Racing Technology in June 2013 to design and assemble a battery system for all the cars that compete in the FIA Formula E Championship.
Spark Racing Technology was created in 2012 and is focused on the manufacture of the cars in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric racing series that begins in 2014. Williams Advanced Engineering signed an exclusive agreement with Spark Racing Technology to be the sole supplier of battery technology to Formula E throughout seasons one to four.
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 drew upon the battery systems used in Williams' Formula One cars to create new battery and battery management systems capable of powering a fully electric racing car.