History

The initial idea to develop a motor racing championship for a single-seater, electric powered car, was first proposed by Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag and FIA President Jean Todt. They wanted to show the huge potential of electricity, as a means of sustainable mobility and produce a series which could contribute to a cleaner environment.

Three years later, the first organised Formula E race took place in Beijing’s Olympic Park in 2014 and saw the Brazilian racing driver Lucas Tucci di Grassi, complete the 26 laps and race to victory in the newly named ePrix. The race was a massive success and the 10 teams went on to race in 9 more cities including: Putrajaya, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Long Beach, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Moscow and finally London; where the championship reached its thrilling conclusion.

Since then, Formula E has gone from strength to strength and is the fastest growing motorsport; attracting renowned global manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Porsche. Formula E has now expanded to include 11 teams with 22 world-class drivers and is gearing up to be the future of motor racing.

Technology

The Gen2 car is the new star of Formula E, recently making its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Its innovative design has several features which have been developed to not only improve performance, but to also act as a framework for better technology in everyday electric cars.

Key Features

  • Double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car to eliminate mid-race car swaps.
  • Accelerates from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds.
  • Top speed of 280km/h.
  • Wheels enclosed inside bodywork to cut drag and extend range.
  • Aerodynamic bodywork creates downforce and cool air to radiators.
  • The underside’s large diffuser efficiently creates downforce without the drag.
  • V-shaped rear wing reduces drag and turbulence for the car behind.
  • Halo protection system to safeguard drivers from flying debris.
  • Cutting-edge battery supplied by McLaren Applied Technology.

Sustainability

Through the Formula E championship, FIA and their partners aim to raise awareness and inspire change in sustainable practises, as well as contributing to reducing global emissions and our impact on the environment. The series was also created to help develop solutions to improve air quality in our city centres and Formula E is a respected partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Formula E is redefining the out-dated boundaries of what motorsports can be. But it’s not just the cars that are sustainable, Formula E has gone a step further and is committed to powering their events with 100% renewable energy by 2020. They have found a number of creative ways to achieve this objective:

  • Vehicle Sharing – No parking spaces are provided at Formula E events and fans are encouraged to use public transport to travel to races.
  • Integration – Embracing advancements in technological innovations like Qualcomm’s HALO wireless charging technology. An entire system for charging an electric vehicle, enabling drivers to recharge by parking on charging ground pads. The technology has multiple features which include tuning, wireless power transfer, communications and safety systems.
  • Fuel – Formula E cars are fully powered by generators filled with a 100% renewable glycerine fuel.
  • Infrastructure – Races are held with minimum disruption and energy loss, as Formula E uses temporary tracks.
  • Online Events – An online platform has been developed to encourage fans to watch races online, live and in 360.
  • Tyres – In Formula 1 multiple sets of tyres are used throughout the course of a race. Formula E has solved this problem by using just one set of Michelin all-weather, hybrid tyres per race.
  • Regional – The racing calendar has been made regional to optimise freight and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Offices -The Formula E offices in London are powered with 100% renewable energy.

Upcoming UK Event

The London ePrix – Summer 2020
London’s Royal Victoria Dock and ExCeL London are the fantastic venues for next year’s Formula E Championship. The temporary track will run both in and outdoors with 23 corners and forms a circuit covering 2.4kms along the Thames waterfront.

Formula E coming back to the UK extends beyond pure racing excitement, it’s also a strong message for London to tackle inner-city air pollution by promoting clean technologies and electric sustainable mobility.”

Series’ Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag

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