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Audi Sport Shows Off its New Formula E Racer

Audi Sport Shows Off its New Formula E Racer

The fifth season for Formula E is upon us, and Audi Sport is ready to dish out some electric-bred hell on the track. In preparation for the fifth season, Audi has prepared its second-gen racer with a new livery that is just downright hard to look away from. Check out Audi’s latest twitter post below along with some higher-resolution images in the gallery at the bottom.

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Audi Steps Up To Formula E With E-Tron FE04

Audi Steps Up To Formula E With E-Tron FE04

Replacing a V-6 turbo diesel with more batteries

The high-tech slab of open-wheel speed machine you see before you is the Audi E-Tron FE04, the Four Ring brand’s very first all electric race car. The FE04 just made its big debut in Neuburg, Germany, and will be used in Audi’s re-doubled efforts in the all-electric Formula E race series. That makes Audi the first German brand to enter the Formula E fray with a full factory-backed effort. Audi says the FE04 will be used as a test bed for new and upcoming technology that will eventually trickle down to its production vehicles, raising hopes that battery motivation alone will be enough to whet the appetites of future Audi performance enthusiasts.

“Following quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many other innovations, our single-seater race car is a portent of our product offensive in the field of electric mobility that we are ringing in with the Audi e-tron in 2018,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development at Audi AG. The brand says it’s planning on offering as many as 20 new battery-assisted models, including both hybrids and all-electric models, by the year 2025. While the FE04 will use a spec chassis, per regulations, the FE04 is still an opportunity for Audi to develop it’s know-how with a new electric motor, transmission, and some suspension bits, as well as the software needed to run it all. Look for the FE04 to make its competition debut in Hong Kong this coming December, with pre-season testing taking place in Spain.

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2017 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

2017 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

It’s all ready for the new one-model Formula E series

Jaguar’s “Pace” lineup has grown quite quickly, with the F-Pace winning the hearts of many, and the E-Pace – the baby of the lineup – coming to life for the 2018 model year. Both of these models, however, make use of gasoline or diesel engines for motivation. Recently, however, Jaguar debuted the I-Pace Concept, a vehicle that, once put into production, will sit at the top of the lineup with its sedan-like proportions and two electric motors – the same ones that delivered 394 horsepower and 516 pound-feet in the concept. It seems that we’re actually getting a look at a high-performance version of the I-Pace long before we actually see the production car, all thanks to Formula E and a race series that will feature as many as 20 examples of the I-Pace eTrophy. Details about Jag’s newest race car are still predominantly under wraps until at least 2018, but we do know that it will be built by Jaguar SVO in the U.K.

With that said, the initial debuting of this new race car stands as an increased effort being put forth by Land Rover and Jaguar to electrify its entire lineup of new cars starting in 2020. And, with the Brits planning to ban ICE cars by 2040 altogether, the I-Pace and I-Pace eTrophy set Jaguar up nicely to be prepared for that inevitable moment 23 years from now. The I-Pace eTrophy also comes along as the basis for the world’s first production battery electric vehicle racing series – the first step in what will eventually redefine racing as we know it. But, we’re getting a little too far ahead of ourselves, so let’s take the time to take a look at the new I-Pace eTrophy race car and talk about what we can expect from Jaguars latest pet project.

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BMW Confirms FIA Formula E Championship Entry

BMW Confirms FIA Formula E Championship Entry

BMW hopes to hone all-electric performance on the track

The Bavarians are once again stepping up for a little wheel-to-wheel racing action, but this time around, internal combustion need not apply. Rather, it’s all about the electricity as BMW prepares a bid in the Formula E Championship. BMW just announced its intentions to make a full-fledged factory effort for Season 5 of the battery-powered sport, partnering with the Andretti Formula E works team for battle in 2018 and 2019. BMW will provide the team with an in-house developed powertrain produced under the banner of the newly created i Motorsport division, BMW’s latest racing skunk works, which will work alongside BMW’s M Division to advance its go-faster know-how. BMW says it’ll use the opportunity to advance its all-electric technology, which will eventually trickle down to street cars like the i3 and i8, as well as future models like the iNext electric crossover.

“The borders between production and motor racing development are more blurred at BMW i Motorsport than in any other project,” says Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. BMW’s timing coincides with recent rule changes that made Formula E participation more appealing to the automaker, including “omission of the car changeover” seen in previous seasons. Meanwhile, the Andretti team provides a natural fit for BMW, given the past collaboration between the two organizations. “I couldn’t pick a more prestigious or historic manufacturer to work with in Formula E,” says Michael Andretti.

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Renault Sport Trophy Series Scrapped After Only Two Seasons

Renault Sport Trophy Series Scrapped After Only Two Seasons

Renault’s decision could be attributed to its return to Formula One

The Renault Sport Trophy racing series made its debut in 2015 to much fanfare. One year later, the series will only finish out the 2016 season before it’s officially cancelled. The decision to cut the cord on the series comes at a point in time wherein Renault, considered as one of the most engaged and actively involved automakers in motor racing, is in the middle of reconfiguring its racing programs.

The French automaker has already exited the Formula Renault 3.5 series and with the abrupt closure of the Renault Sport Trophy, it’s once thriving Renault Sport Series program is down to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. That said, the series departures doesn’t mean Renault is giving up motor racing entirely. Far from it, actually, because the automaker has increased its involvement in Formula E and has even jumped back into the Formula One fray as an actual team instead of just an engine supplier for the first time in six years.

Clearly, Renault is as involved in motor racing as it has always been; it’s just shifting its priorities from running its own make-series to heading back to the glamour and prestige of Formula One while also doubling down on its commitment to Formula E.

While it’s hard to make sense of the rationale in starting a hyped racing series like the Renault Sport Trophy and then cutting the cord before it can even get off the ground, it’s just as hard to argue against that decision when Renault is boosting its involvement in Formula E and Formula One.

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Mercedes Set To Enter Formula E In 2018

Mercedes Set To Enter Formula E In 2018

Mercedes Grand Prix inks option agreement with Formula E Operations Ltd

With its success in Formula One not waning anytime soon, Mercedes-Benz is looking to take its dominance in motor sport racing to a new playing field, and it may have just found one in Formula E after announcing that Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd has signed an option agreement with Formula E Operations Ltd that includes reserving a seat in the Formula E table for the automaker in time for the 2018 season.

Mercedes joins a long list of automakers that have signed up for Formula E, considered as the next big thing in motorsports that even has the potential to supplant Formula One as the pre-eminent racing series in the world. Despite only being two seasons old (the third season kicks off in Hong Kong October 9), Formula E has already attracted a who’s who of the automotive world. Audi, BMW, Citroen, Jaguar, Renault, Volvo, and even Faraday Future are already involved in some capacity, either with a team of its own or as a partner with an existing racing team. Meanwhile, Nissan, Porsche, and Mugen, Honda’s racing arm, have also expressed interest in joining the series in some form in the future.

The growing popularity of Formula E, combined with the platform it offers in the development of electrification, has made it very appealing in the eyes of these automakers, who themselves are gearing up their own EV road offerings. It’s a perfect marriage that combines competition and the pursuit of new technology, something that Mercedes is all too familiar with given its dominance in Formula One.

Formula E’s plan to expand its teams from 10 to 12 opened the door for Mercedes to get on board and while it still needs the go-ahead from the 10 existing teams in the grid, the German automaker’s clout in the auto industry and motor sports should make its addition to the series a foregone conclusion, effectively making Mercedes Grand Prix the 11th Formula E team.

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Audi Incorporating Formula E Into a Factory-Backed Program for 2017-2018 Season

Audi Incorporating Formula E Into a Factory-Backed Program for 2017-2018 Season

Formula E could get a lot more interesting

Formula E is starting to take off in popularity rankings. Sure, electric cars don’t exactly have the soul you find in cars internal combustion engines, but it’s still downright invigorating to watch. If you still don’t believe that Formula E will be around for long, Audi Sport’s next move should put any reluctance in your heart to rest. Audi Sport has had a relationship with Formula E team ABT Schaeffler since the 2014-2015 season, offering up a factory driver and its infrastructure in Neuburg. For the 2016 – 2017 season the relations ship between ABT and Audi Sport will strengthen even more as Audi Sport will be providing financial and technical support. In turn, Audi Sport gets to display the four rings on the sides and rear winds of the ABT Schaeffler FE02 effective immediately.

That’s not all, though, along with this announcement, Audi has announced that it is planning to incorporate Formula E into a factory-backed motorsport program for the 2017-2018 season. This should come as no surprise as electric mobility is a key factor in Audi’s future plans, with its first all-electric vehicle to come in the form of an SUV in 2018. Obviously, there’s no better place to root your electrification plans than Formula E racing.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, the Head of Audi Motorsport, said, “Audi has consistently been using motorsport to test and develop new technologies further for subsequent use in production. With Quattro drive, we revolutionised rally racing and subsequently set standards in circuit racing as well. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi was the first manufacturer to have achieved victories with a TFSI engine, a TDI, and a hybrid race car, so writing motorsport history on several occasions. Now we intend to repeat this in fully electric racing. Formula E with its races being held in the hearts of major cities is an ideal stage for this purpose and Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport a logical partner for us.”

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Formula E e-Race Contest Offering $1 Million Prize

Formula E e-Race Contest Offering $1 Million Prize

Do you have what it takes to take on some of the best real-world and virtual race drivers in the game?

Formula E is conquering the world. Okay, that’s a little bit of a stretch, but the electric racing series is growing at such an incredible rate that it’s now dipping its toes into the world of automotive video games with the launch of the 2016 eSports eRace. Similar to ESL’s Forza Racing Championship, the eSports "Road to Vegas" eRace will feature some of the best car video gamers in the world competing to be called the best of the lot. Unlike the Forza Racing Championship though, nobody’s winning a Ford Focus RS in this competition. That’s because the stakes are much higher as the contest has been announced to come with a prize pot of $1 million.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag made the announcement during the London ePrix weekend and detailed specific events that will be held leading up to the virtual eRace in Las Vegas on January 5, 2017. That spectacle will be part of of the Sports Business innovation Summit that will take place at the Consumer Electronics Show.

But before that, gamers from all over the world will be required to compete in a series of online qualifying races to determine whether they make the cut. The first round of qualifying is set to take place in Long Beach, California from October 17 to 23, 2016 and will be followed by similar rounds in Paris, Berlin, and London. Only the top 10 races will move on the eRace where they will compete against 20 current race car drivers in the rFactor 2 computer racing simulator. The top-placing drivers will then receive shares of the $1 million prize pot depending on how they fare in the finale.

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Meet "Robocar" - The First Concept Car For The Upcoming Roborace Series

Meet "Robocar" - The First Concept Car For The Upcoming Roborace Series

Created by famed concept car designer Daniel Simon

In late 2015, it was announced that a new racing series with autonomous cars will be launched in 2016. It will be called Roborace and will act as a support series for the all-electric Formula E championship. With the next Formula E season only six months away, more details about the series and the self-driving race car are now available.

Although actual specs of the vehicle are still under wraps, Roborace announced its chief design officer as Daniel Simon. Known for his work as a vehicle concept designer on Hollywood films "Tron: Legacy and Oblivion", as well as his popular "Cosmic Motors" book, Simon has also designed a number of road-going vehicles, race car liveries, and even motorcycles. Notable projects include several cars for Seat and Lamborghini under the supervision of Walter de Silva, the Bugatti Veyron Hermes, the Lotus C-01 motorcycle, and the liveries of the Lotus LMP2 and Hispania Racing F1 cars.

At Roborace, the 41-year-old was tasked with creating the all-electric car that will bring autonomous technology to the race track. Although the self-driving vehicle is still under development, Roborace has already published photos of the prototype. Not surprisingly, given Simon’s previous work, the Robocar looks as futuristic as they get. It mixes the familiar design of Formula E cars with a bit of the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT concept, with some wild results. Devoid of a traditional cockpit, this thing looks like a rocket with fenders and wheels. It makes me wish current Formula One and Formula E single-seaters had a similar design.

The setup might change, however, as Roborace moves closer to its debut season. According to Simon, the cars will be modified to include active body parts that are "more organic and seamless than solutions today." Details are scant, but expect some groundbreaking technology to evolve from this. No info as to what will motivate the self-driving race car, but it could receive a drivetrain similar to that used in Formula E cars.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Formula E: Video

10 Things You Need To Know About Formula E: Video

By and large, the inaugural season of Formula E was a resounding success on all fronts. From a television perspective, it attracted a total cumulative global audience of over 10.7 billion people. Television networks from all over the world also spent 6,855 hours of dedicated TV coverage on the new sport. From a pure racing point of view, Formula E had the parity and excitement that Formula One and MotoGP have lacked in recent years. Of the 11 races held in its first year, seven different drivers won races and the championship wasn’t decided until the final race in London. Nelson Piquet Jr. eventually became the inaugural winner of Formula E, taking the title for NEXTEV Team China Racing by edging out Sebastian Buemi by a single point.

Trying to topple the excitement of the inaugural season is a daunting task, but Formula E is off to a good start after Buemi’s thrilling victory in the season-opening race in Beijing on October 24, 2015. If there are still those who haven’t been updated on the latest items surrounding Formula E’s second season, this five-and-a-half minute video is a must-watch.

In a nutshell, the 2015-2016 Formula E season has had a treasure trove of changes, beginning with a driver’s lineup that now includes former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who takes over the Venturi seat left behind by another ex F1 driver, Nick Heidfeld. For his part, Heidfeld has moved to Mahindra. Meanwhile, Simona del Silvestro has taken a seat on the Andretti team, joining Michela Cerrutti and Katherine Legge as the only female drivers to race in the series.

But the biggest change for the 2015-2016 Formual E season is in engine development. Unlike the first season, teams have been given the freedom to develop their own powertrain, specifically the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system. It’s a completely new approach that could redefine the sport now that teams have the freedom to develop their own engines as they see fit. Can you imagine the different sound signatures coming out of these cars this season?

I’m excited for the second Formula E season, although I will admit that I got a bit spoiled by the excitement of the first season. My bar is now set pretty high and anything that doesn’t exceed that is going to be a disappointment. Here’s to hoping that Formula E can carry the buzz and momentum it created last season into the second year.

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Citroen's DS To Launch "DS Performance" Sub-brand

Citroen’s DS To Launch "DS Performance" Sub-brand

Citroen DS models have been around since 2010, but in June of 2014, the DS brand name was brought back to life. When Citroen revived the brand name, the idea was to help restore the premium sector of the auto industry in France, while staying true to the qualities of the original DS that was created back in 1955. Currently the brand has five different models in its lineup , including the DS 3, 4 and 5 in the French market, as well as the 2014 DS 5LS and DS 6 in the Chinese market. DS even has its own network of sales locations throughout China. The brand has sold over a half-million vehicles since it’s launch in 2014, and has also developed a hybrid-diesel 4x4 drivetrain for its DS5 model.

Now, just a year after the brand’s revival, DS has created a new division called DS Performance. The new division aims to bring expertise and technological advances to the DS Virgin Racing Team and its DSV-01 Formula E race car. So far, DS Performance has completely designed the electric motor, transmission, rear suspension and cooling system for the DSV-01. DS performance will be a supporting factor to the Virgin Racing Team through the next Formula E season. Further advancements will include the development of all-electric and plug-in hybrid models for the DS brand.

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Formula E IS Changing

Formula E IS Changing

Formula E was pretty much a spec series for its inaugural season, meaning all the cars participating were identical 2014 Spark-Renault SRT_01Es, but that’s set to change for the 2015-2016 season, when manufacturers will compete using their own electric motors, power inverters, gearboxes and cooling systems. Teams have already started preseason testing for their new drivetrains, which can be seen and heard in action in this recent video, with each sounding like a slightly different variation of a very unhappy cat.

Eight manufacturers, ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Motomatica, NEXTEV TCR, Renault Sport, Venturi Automobiles and Virgin Racing Engineering, have signed up to develop new drivetrains, which should make the competition more interesting on both the track and at teams’ headquarters. The regulations will continue to open for the 2016-2017 season, when manufacturers will also be allowed to develop and modify their batteries.

“The gradual opening up of the regulations will promote innovation, while at the same time keeping costs under control. The solutions chosen by the manufacturers will hopefully lead to rapid development of the future-focused technologies at the heart of Formula E,” said FIA president Jean Todt when discussing Formula E. “In terms of the manufacturers chosen, we are satisfied with the quality of the applications received, and the number of manufacturers becoming involved reflects the huge interest generated by Formula E.”

The test took place at Donington Park in England, where Sebastian Buemi topped the time charts in his Renault e.dams. Sam Bird of DS Virgin Racing, Daniel Abt of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, Nick Heidfeld of Mahindra Racing and Nicolas Prost of Renault e.dams rounded out the session. Each drivers’ best times were within almost a half-second of each other, so it doesn’t look like any one manufacturer has found a tangible advantage. So far.

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Formula E Could Join The Olympics In 2020

Formula E Could Join The Olympics In 2020

The history of motorsports in the Olympics is not a rich one. Car racing was featured as a demonstration event (and therefore not officially counted as part of the games) in 1894, and motor boats raced in three events at the 1908 games, but that’s the entire list. Racing cars is an intensely physical activity, and F1 drivers need to be in peak physical shape, but the link between being fit and winning races is too indirect for most people to consider racing a genuinely athletic endeavor (which it most certainly is). That could all change in 2020 though, as rumor has it that motorsports are being considered for the games, that will take place in Tokyo.

The specific motorsport being considered is Formula E, essentially a version of Formula 1 that uses electric cars. Formula E has struggled to find viewers, and this is presumably part of the organizers’ push to find new ways of attracting audiences. We have no idea of just how feasible this idea is, and it does seem that if motorsports was going to be included in the Olympics, it would have happened already. But Formula E is a slightly different kind of thing, and it’s possible that it’s different enough.

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Pavegen at Formula E

Pavegen at Formula E

Not too long ago, we featured the U.K. technology startup Pavegen, which produces tiles designed to generate seven watts of electricity every time someone steps on them. The company makes some pretty big claims, offering up easy solutions to humanity’s power needs with nothing more than the installation of its product in strategic, high-traffic locations. Pavegen is making the right moves to gain visibility, with the latest being a partnership with Formula E.

Rounds 10 and 11 of the Formula E championship brought the EV circus to London for a British double header at Battersea Park, where Pavegen had a presence alongside the booths of racing staples like BMW and Michelin. Some 60,000 attendees were on hand for the event, and many took the opportunity to try out Pavegen’s product.

The power-generating tiles were hooked up to a slot-car recreation of the track, with spectators propelling the miniature open-wheelers through every step, no doubt fostering a good deal of sustainable-style, running-in-place dance-off competition in the process. Fun!

So what’s the endgame? Will we eventually replace sidewalk concrete with Pavegen tiles to help power all those EVs in the street? Will the arrival of a crowd be all that’s needed to keep the lights on for major sporting events? Will the next Prius come with a human-sized hamster wheel to make it go? Will Tesla buyout Pavegen as soon as Elon Musk is finished flying his personal spaceship around the moon?

Maybe.

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The facts and figures behind the Formula E battery

The facts and figures behind the Formula E battery

Unlike cat memes, rick-rolling and cyber warfare, infographics are among the more interesting and useful things the Internet has brought us, and now we have a new one about the incredibly potent batteries that power each of the cars on the FIA Formula E grid.

If you not familiar with it, Formula E is the world’s first professional racing series powered exclusively by electricity, and now entering its second year, is beginning to find its footing, with top-flight drivers and an impressive lineup of teams, including Richard Branson-owned Virgin Racing.

All the cars are identical (for now, but more on that in a bit). The Spark-Renault SRT_01E has an aluminum and carbon-fiber monocoque chassis constructed by Dallara, a drivetrain developed by McLaren and a battery pack developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, a subsidiary of the Williams Formula 1 team. The battery and electric motors produce 270 horsepower, or 200Kw, which is enough to power an average-sized house for three days.

Click through to the infographic for more geeky facts about the Formula E battery.

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Forza Motorsport 6 Will Offer You The Chance To Drive The Cars From FIA Formula E

Forza Motorsport 6 Will Offer You The Chance To Drive The Cars From FIA Formula E

We’re still a couple of months away from the release of the Forza Motorsport 6, and the folks at Turn 10 Studios have been seriously enjoying teasing us by releasing the names of cars in the game a handful at a time. This latest announcement named a few cars, but then dropped the bombshell that the game would include the entire grid of an FIA open-wheel racing series. Of course, that series is Formula E, so it’s just 10 cars.

This is still pretty impressive though. Big-name racing games are often reluctant to use open-wheel racers, and certainly tend not to bring an entire series into a game like this. And then there’s the fact that the cars are electric to make it that last extra bit of weird. In fairness, some Formula E cars were available as downloadable content for FM5, but here they will be available from the start, and it will be the entire grid. Formula E is quite different from other racing (drivers swap whole cars during pit stops as a way around the problem of long charging times, for example) so it will be interesting to see how that’s handled.

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2014 Formula E Championship Primer

2014 Formula E Championship Primer

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.

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2014 Spark-Renault SRT 01E Formula E Race Car

2014 Spark-Renault SRT 01E Formula E Race Car

"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.

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Formula E Kicks Off in Los Angeles in 2014

Formula E Kicks Off in Los Angeles in 2014

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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