Ho-Pin Tung took to the Spanish Circuit Monteblanco last week to test the fully-electric Spark-Renault STR_01E.
Tung, the first Chinese driver to ever test a Formula 1 car, seemed very impressed by the torque and the grip that the car provides.
“Driving this car is very different from any other Formula car,” says Tung. “When you get on the power it instantly has full torque so you have to anticipate that a bit
“There’s going to be super-close racing because you can brake really late,” he added in an interview with FIA Formula E.
Tung spent a lot of time experimenting with the Fan Boost system, a system that will push the car up to 270hp when the driver wishes to attempt an overtake or to defend from a potential attack from behind.
“Having seen the Beijing track layout, it looks like there’s going to be lots of overtaking opportunities and with the Fan Boost system you will have to be really strategic with the way that you use it,” added Tung. “For China it’s a very big honor that the series will kick off in Beijing, in a very iconic place as well, around the Bird’s nest Olympic park where the 2008 Beijing Olympics had been held.”
“There’s a lot of big names linked to the series and to be amongst them would be really nice and something I’d look forward to,” adds Tung. Only Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt so far have confirmed rides for the inaugural 2014-2015 season, which will begin in Beijing on September 13.
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