Ex-F1 constructor to design and build cars for Formula E series

JJ Lehto (FIN) BMS Dallara Ferrari 192

JJ Lehto drives a BMS Dallara 192 during the 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix

Italian racecar maker and ex-Formula 1 constructor Dallara has joined a consortium to design and build chassis for the new Formula E electric series to start next year.

Spark Racing Technology said in a statement on Monday that Dallara, who have designed and built cars for Formula One and open-wheel series in America, would undertake “the execution and approval of the new monocoque”.

In 1988 the company became a Formula One constructor, after being hired by BMS Scuderia Italia to build their chassis. The project endured until 1992. Dallara returned briefly to F1 in 1999, building the test-chassis for Honda’s planned and aborted return to the series.

Most recently Dallara built the cars for the Hispania Racing F1 Team team’s entry in the 2010 Formula One season.

Formula One contenders McLaren will provide the engine, transmission and electronics for the cars to race in the FIA-sanctioned championship that aims to have a grid of 10 teams and 20 drivers in 2014.

The plans are for races in the heart of at least 10 cities around the world with the commercial rights licensed to a Hong Kong-based consortium.

Formula E also released a first sketch of the new car.

Britain’s Drayson Racing, run by former Science Minister and businessman Paul Drayson, last month became the first team to sign up for the series.

Rome and Rio de Janeiro have been announced as two of the host cities. (Reuters)