FIA Formula E Championship
Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing, sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The "formula", designated in the name, refers to a set of rules with which all participants' cars must comply. Formula E is intended to be the highest class of competition for one-make, single-seat, electrically-powered racing cars. The series was conceived in 2012, with the inaugural championship to be held in 2014–15. Demonstration events are planned for the second half of 2013.
Former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi was announced as the series test driver in September 2012. Forty-two cars were ordered in November 2012, with Formula One team McLaren providing the motor, transmission and electronics that all cars will use.
Ten host cities are planning races for the 2014 season, and Formula E originally intended to run races exclusively on street circuits. However, not all races are now set for street circuits. On December 4, 2013, a calendar with 10 host cities for the 2014 season has been confirmed, which consists of Beijing, Putrajaya, Rio de Janeiro, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin and London. Berlin intends to race on quasi-permanent post-World War II British airfield circuit.
In order to manage the costs of operating a Formula E team each constructor will be mandated to make their car available to two other teams for a maximum capped price. This cap is currently set at 350 000€. 
A few details about the specifications have been released by the FIA.
- There will be 10 teams, 20 drivers, and 40 cars
- Each team will include 2 drivers and 4 cars
- e-Prix will be held in 10 cities across the world
- Racing circuits will be held in cities, and will be approximately 2.5 km to 3 km long
- Cars will accelerate from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 220 km/h
- Noise decibel levels will be approximately 80 dB(SPL) (ordinary car: 70 dB; bus: 90 dB; Formula One track 130 dB)
- Early morning: free practice session, followed by qualifying
- Late morning: qualifying 1 lap time each driver with both cars A and B
- Afternoon: a 2-hour break to recharge the cars
- Evening: Final race with 3 stints and 2 pit stops
- Pit stop will involve a change of car: when the battery runs out, the driver will make a pit stop, then will run 100 metres to climb into a recharged car
Races are planned to be 45 minutes in length.
|Grand Prix||City||First race|
|China||Beijing||13 September 2014|
|Malaysia||Putrajaya||18 October 2014|
|Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||15 November 2014|
|Uruguay||Punta del Este||13 December 2014|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires||10 January 2015|
|United States||Los Angeles||14 February 2015|
|United States||Miami||14 March 2015|
|Monaco||Monte Carlo||9 May 2015|
|Germany||Berlin||30 May 2015|
|United Kingdom||London||27 June 2015|
Bold indicates the capital city of the respective country.
Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok were initially announced to be hosting races, but were later removed. However, Rio de Janeiro was re-announced on the final calendar on December 4, 2013, replacing Hong Kong.
Nine teams have so far been announced and confirmed by the FIA to be competing. Others, such as Vastha Racing, Team Rosberg, and Bluebird, are still awaiting confirmation. The majority of teams consist of Formula E subsidiarys of major motorsport operations worldwide, with championships in Formula Renault, GP2, INDYCAR, and DTM having been won by the parent companies of Formula E teams.
- Drayson Racing
- China Racing
- Andretti Autosport
- Dragon Racing
- Super Aguri
- Audi Sport Abt Formula E Team
- Mahindra Racing
- Virgin Racing
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