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SBD Global/May 16, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Formula E Signs Deal With Renault Sport As Electric Series' Technical Partner

Renault Sport "has signed up to be the technical partner for the new Formula E series, which is set to launch next season with a series of events on a range of new street circuits," according to CRASH. Renault "will work alongside Spark Racing Technology to build and supply the cars that will be used in the series for electric cars" -- with the 42 machines being produced for the inaugural season set to be known as "Spark-Renaults." In addition, Tag Heuer "has also been announced as official timing partner for the new series" (CRASH, 5/15). AUTOSPORT reported Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that "the importance of getting a major motor manufacturer involved in FE could not be underestimated." Agag: "Not only is Renault one of the world's leading car manufacturers, with a very successful motorsport pedigree, it is also a pioneer for electric vehicles -- being the first full-range car manufacturer to market zero-emission vehicles. To have a manufacturer of this calibre onboard is a great testament to the growing appeal of the FIA Formula E Championship" (AUTOSPORT, 5/15).
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