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.
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.
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.
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
- Buenos Aires
- Punta del Este
- Monte Carlo
- Los Angeles
- And our own Miami (The Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals Headquarters is in Miami).
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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