Want to get your hands on your very own Formula E racer? Your time will come soon.
The original SRT-01E has formed the backbone of the electric racing series since its inception in 2014. They were built by Spark Racing Technology based on a Dallara chassis, with electric motors provided by McLaren and batteries by Williams.
With 250 horsepower (190 kW) on tap, they provided for some exciting (if inaudible) racing action over the course of four seasons now. But they’re being sold off as the new cars are being introduced with a host of improvements – not the least of which will be seen in the battery capacity that will obviate the need for the mid-race car swaps that have punctuated every race to date.
“The current cars are still fit for purpose. They’ve provided us with four seasons of exciting, intense, and unpredictable racing,” Formula E chief Alejandro Agag told Bloomberg. “I know there’s a lot of interest from collectors and they could even be used for racing purposes.”
Each car is expected to sell for about $200,000-289,000 – approximately half of the €400,000 ($458k) amortized cost of each of the 40 that were purchased for €16 million ($18.2 million) four years ago. Since they’re all identical, the end price will likely reflect the achievements of the car in question. For example, the car in which Lucas di Grassi won the first race in 2014 will likely be worth more than a chassis that never won a race.
Some of the cars may be retained by the teams that campaigned them, and which have leased them from Agag’s company until now. But those that aren’t kept by their teams (or the series organizers) will be up for grabs.