Unlike its well-established older brother Formula 1, the Formula E racing league is just a baby. The concept for Formula E was conceived by Jean Todt, the President of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 2011. Todt announced his intention to create an all-electric vehicle (EV) racing league while dining with friends in Paris, and Formula E was born!
The inaugural race for the Formula E League took place in Beijing in 2014. Additional races were held in the cities of Buenos Aires, Long Beach, Moscow, and London. Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first ever Formula E champion, winning the title by a single point.
All Formula E vehicles are single driver EVs. There are currently 11 racing teams with two drivers to a team in the league. The races are held on the streets of various cities, and the tracks range from 1.2 to 2.1 miles long. Point-scoring for the league is identical to the system used buy Formula 1.
First generation Formula E vehicles featured platforms capable of generating roughly 250 horsepower, giving the car and acceleration rate of 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. Top speeds for these vehicles was roughly 140 miles per hour. Second generation Formula E cars have achieved top speeds of about 175 miles per hour, a significant Improvement over their predecessors. As EV technology improves, it is expected that these numbers will continue to improve. One day Formula E vehicles may rival Formula 1 cars, and reach speeds well over 200 miles per hour.
In a 2018 interview with motorsport.tech.com, Todt told reporters, “Formula E encourages people to buy electric cars when they live in the city. Electric cars produce less pollution and are perfect for the city use where you don’t have to do much mileage and there are easy ways to recharge.”
Indeed officials from the league don’t see Formula E as just another racing organization. The league not only provides entertainment for fans, it also champions environmental protection and research relating to EV technology.
According to formula E’s website, “We are not just a race! We are a technological and sustainable development test bed for some of the leading companies in and out of motor racing to address mobility and environmental issues. We believe that electric vehicles represent the future and are the answer to sustainable transportation and fighting climate change. However we acknowledge that in our push into the electric era and the transition towards low carbon societies, the power used needs to be low carbon too.”
Formula E’s philosophy can be summarized in 5 words: electric, clean, connected, shared, and driverless. In addition to supporting the transition to carbon-free societies, Formula E seeks to move towards a world where all vehicles used for transportation purposes are autonomous. The league is even considering adding a race to its lineup that would only feature self-driving cars!
The league will stick with its human drivers for the time being, but the future looks exciting. Formula E is gaining momentum and making new fans exponentially. We look forward to what tomorrow holds for the league and wish them nothing but success in their endeavors.
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