Formula E

Formula E

  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.

When Venturi , the company that brought us the VBB-3 , announced its plans to enter the 2014 Formula E Championship with Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio, by its side, it not only added some much needed star power to the young racing series, but it also brought in another team that will compete in the series’ inaugural season next year.

The addition of the Venturi-DiCaprio team meant that a total of five constructors have now signed up for the series, which is scheduled to have its first ever race in Beijing, China on September 13, 2014.

Having DiCaprio as part of the Venturi team is important on a lot of facets. For one, his involvement will undoubtedly give the series a household name that it can attach itself to in order to attract mainstream fans and media alike.

It also validates DiCaprio’s commitment and reputation as one of the foremost proponents of eco friendliness. "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles," the Gatsby star said.

"Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”

But the most important aspect of Venturi’s entry to Formula E means that the roster of constructors that are joining the series is growing and it has some pretty highly regarded teams. More are expected to announce their plans of joining Formula E in the coming months, and judging by the teams that have already confirmed their participation, we’re confident that more auto brands will join in sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read a primer for the 2014 Formula E season

"Next year will be a landmark year in the history of motorsports racing."

We’ve heard that sentence uttered far too many times each year and more often than not, we attribute it to nothing more than hyperbole.

But 2014 will be a landmark year in the history of motorsports racing with the introduction of the FIA Formula-E Championship , a one-make, single-seat racing series that will be competed by electrically powered race cars .

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.

Updated 04/30/2014: Ho-Pin Tung – the first Chinese driver to ever test a Formula 1 car - was invited to drive the new SRT_01E and apparently he was very impressed. Check out the video to see for yourself.

Click past the jump to read more about Formula-E

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Formula E Championshiop


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