Calling Electric Cars: Formula E Championship Rapidly Approaches

Formula One lovers will soon have another racing option to follow: the first official electric car championship. It is officially named the FIA Formula E Championship, much like the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Formula E Championship

The Formula E Championship and the F1 are sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The word ‘formula’ in the titles implicates a specific set of rules that racing participants must adhere to. The new electric car championship will be the highest class of competition for one-make, single-seater electrically powered racecars. This is a huge step toward greater acceptance of electric and hybrid powered vehicles.

Formula E Championship

The idea for the Formula E Championship was born in 2012, and it will begin as early as 2014. The tentative inaugural championship is planned for 2014-2015, with special demonstration events planned for later this year to generate awareness of the new circuit and excitement.

Formula E Championship

To further the attention, former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi will be a test driver for the E series. So far, 42 electric cars were ordered in November of 2012 with components supplied by Formula One. As you can imagine, the host cities are already gearing up for the all-new racing event. There are ten host cities for the 2014 season and each will provide a street circuit for the event, though Berlin will offer a special post World War II British airfield circuit.

The first host cities for the first-ever Formula E Championship include the following:

  • Hong Kong
  • Beijing
  • Putrajaya
  • Buenos Aires
  • Punta del Este
  • Monte Carlo
  • Berlin
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • And our own Miami (The Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals Headquarters is in Miami).

Formula E Championship

Some specifications for the E Championship:

  • 10 teams
  • 20 drivers
  • 40 cars
  • Each team will have 2 drivers and 4 cars
  • It is being called the e-prix, a clever nod to the Formula One’s Grand Prix
  • Cars must accelerate from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 3 seconds with a max speed of 220 km/h. I could plug in to watch that.

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