The all-electric version of formula 1 racing that is set to kick off in 2014 with its debut race being held in Los Angeles. The cars are limited to only 140 mph and must have at least 1 hour of autonomy.
In time for its highly anticipated debut, Spark Racing Technology is using the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E race car.
The race car is expected be one of the most prominent racers in the series. It looks like any modern single-seat race car, but other than its aesthetics, a whole load of features about the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E race car distinguishes itself from the likes of those Formula One racers.
For one, the SRT_01E will be build using a Dallara -designed monocoque chassis made out of carbon fiber and aluminum. But more importantly - and something that will be unique to the race car - the SRT_01E will be powered by a McLaren -sourced electric engine that’s capable of producing up to 270 horsepower, although that output will only be limited to 180 horsepower during races. It’s not as powerful as those F1 cars, but what do you expect with an electric engine.
Despite the lack of horses, the SRT_01E is still expected to be really quick off the block, capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3 seconds to go with an FIA-limited top speed of 140 mph.
For 43 years now, each year on April 22nd, more than 190 countries around the Globe celebrate "Earth Day." We are talking about one day each year when everyone needs to show his or her personal interest on the environment.
This special day has been selected as the perfect opportunity to announce the launch of a new FIA Formula E Championship - the world’s first fully-electric Formula E race set to begin in 2014. The races will be hosted in 10 cities around the Globe, with the first race set to be held in Los Angeles.
From L.A., Formula E will move to cities like Miami; London and Rome in Europe ; Beijing and Putrajaya in Asia ; and Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero in South America. Two more cities will be announced at a later date.
For the Los Angeles Formula E competition a total of 10 teams with two drivers each announced their intention to enter the race. Each model will provide autonomy of about 1 hour in full-electric mode and will be able to hit a top speed of 140 mph. For this special race, Los Angeles has upgraded or installed 121 public electric vehicle charging stations.
As a preview for the upcoming race, Los Angeles citizens were able to admire a Formula E car driven by ex-Formula 1 racer and official Formula E test driver, Lucas di Grassi.
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