Rio De Janeiro
A new global racing series for all-electric cars will debut in 2014, according to an announcement made by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Formula E will race cars similar to those used in Formula 1 and other forms of open-wheel racing which are powered by electric energy. The series hopes to have 10 teams, of two drivers per team, racing on street circuits in major cities around the world and with a backdrop of famous landmarks in each city.
“This new competition at the heart of major cities is certain to attract a new audience,” says FIA president Jean Todt. “This spectacular series will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share FIA values and objectives of clean energy, mobility and sustainability with a wider and younger audience as well.”
Demonstration runs of the Formula E cars will begin in 2013 and the Formula E Championship will begin in 2014. Formula E Holdings will be the promoter of the series.
“We see this as a great opportunity to create a new and exciting spectacle mixing racing, clean energy and sustainability,” says Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings. “We expect this championship to become the framework for research and development around the electric car, a key element fro the future of our cities.”
FIA is the governing body for many auto racing events such as Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship. Professor Burkhard Goeschell, president of FIA’s Electric and New Energies Championships Commission, says the series follows the organization’s “global megatrends for our world” including the promoting of sustainability and the gowth of digital world of connectivity.
“Formula E will be a milestone for the future of motorsports, driven by FIA,” he says.
Rio de Janeiro became the first city to jump on board with the new racing series. Mayor Eduardo Paes said a “spectacular” urban track will likely be designed near the city’s Marina da Glória, a Rio neighborhood which will host sailing events during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“We are very thankful to the Rio authorities for the enthusiastic welcome they have given to our championship,” Agag says. “We look very much forward to race in this amazing city on 2014.”