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Two Years of Planning, but Formula E Cars Are Finally Ready to Race



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Remember the fully electric Formula E cars which we reported on a few months back? Well they’re finally built and ready to race! It has taken two years to create Formula E, which now includes ten teams, ten city-street circuits and its own championship. Aside from a few public demos, there hasn’t been much advancement for Forumula E, but now that the official Formula E operational headquarters and team facilities are in place at Donington, electric powered motorsports is one step closer to seeing the chequered flag.

The teams will be racing the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, which is lavished in carbon fiber and is certainly not to be confused with the the kind of electric road cars you might see driving around town. Styled much like a Formula 1 car, the Formula E vehicles are sleek and aggressive looking.

“It’s not just about racing, but the development of new technology that’ll filter down to road vehicles,” said Formula E Championship CEs Alejandro Agag, when speaking of the 200kW motor that powers each of the identical Spark-Renault SRT_01E’s. There is little room for modification this year, but the plan is to then open up the development side and push each time to innovate with what they have, much in the same way you see teams improving their Formula 1 cars each season.

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The first race takes place in Beijing in September, where the teams will be hoping to attract fans, sponsorships and general interest all round. The hope is that the sport will be exciting enough to watch, while also providing the sponsorship to accelerate R&D within the electric vehicle space.

“We need to find new ways, either with more efficient batteries, or with other devices like supercapacitors and fuel cells. We need to find a solution for that. That’s why we’re doing Formula E.” said Agag.

Excited? I know I am, 2014 is certainly going to be an interesting year for the electric car.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Engadget.


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  • Wayne

    Well this is good but what are they gonna sound like being electric? You can’t enjoy motorsport unless your eardrums are being tortured by the high decibels levels of highly tuned engines.

    • Reginald D Hunter

      I work in a restaurant and we cannot have the formula one on, But we still have it in the back with no sound and its still enjoyable, And your saying all deaf people hate formula 1 because they cannot hear it?

      • Wayne

        I was talking about being at the races proper. If you’ve ever been to an F1 race or any race meeting you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Motorsport and noise go hand in glove.

        • John Lindsay

          im deaf and have been to F1 races – are you saying I don’t enjoy them because I cant hear? how discriminatory of you.

          • Wayne

            Next time read the comments carefully before replying with such an obtuse comment!

          • John Lindsay

            don’t discriminate – you said `If you’ve ever been to an F1 race or any race meeting you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Motorsport and noise go hand in glove` and `You can’t enjoy motorsport unless your eardrums are being tortured by the high decibels levels of highly tuned engines`. So again you are saying I do not enjoy motorsport because I am deaf.

  • Daz

    Not True Wayne. There are people out there who are completely Deaf and still enjoy Motorsports. Dont be so ignorant man.

  • Ryan Airth

    They should put the latest research into high capacity and recharge rates into practice through these vehicles. That would really help the push towards electric cars as being the standard. Maybe then our governments can actually achieve the carbon reductions that they themselves set….