FIA Formula E Championship
Formula E 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. 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; unlike most motorsport categories, Formula E races will be run exclusively on street circuits. Rio de Janeiro and Rome were the first host cities to be announced. As of May 2013, a preliminary list with 9 host cities for the 2014 season has been announced, which consists of London, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Bangkok and Buenos Aires.
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 2.5km to 3km long
- Cars will accelerate from 0km/h to 100km/h in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 220km/h
- Noise decibel levels will be approximately 80dB (ordinary car - 70dB; bus - 90dB)
- 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.
As of May 2013, the following 9 cities were selected to hold races in the first season, with one more city to be announced later: The final calendar is expected to be approved by the World Motor Sports Council in September 2013. It is being considered to run the season as a "reverse calendar", starting in September and ending in June of the following year.
|Brasil||Rio de Janeiro||13 November 2012|
|Italy||Rome||1 December 2012|
|United States||Los Angeles||22 April 2013|
|Thailand||Bangkok||16 May 2013|
|China||Beijing||1 June 2013|
Bold indicates the capital city of the respective country.
Two teams have so far been announced and confirmed by the FIA to be competing with others, such as Vastha Racing, hopefully in the pipeline still awaiting confirmation:
- "FIA Formula E Championship". fia.com.
- "Di Grassi revealed as Formula E test driver". Pitpass.com. 5 September 2012.
- "Formula E orders 42 cars". Pitpass.com. 15 November 2012.
- "McLaren to power Formula E". Pitpass.com. 12 November 2012.
- "Rome signs up for Formula E". Pitpass.com. 1 December 2012.
- "Bangkok revealed as candidate city for FIA Formula E Championship". formula-e-news.com. 2013-05-16.
- "Formula E series targets reverse calendar for debut season in 2014". .jamesallenonf1.com. 2013-05-19.}
- "Rio, first city to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship". formula-e-news.com. 2012-11-13.
- "Mayor Villaraigosa Welcomes Formula E Electric Car Racing to Los Angeles on Earth Day". formula-e-news.com. 2013-04-22.
- "Rome first European city to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship". formula-e-news.com. 2012-12-01.
- Matt Beer (2013-02-27). "China Racing becomes second team to commit to Formula E". autosport.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
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