Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) has announced the launching of Formula E, featuring Formula cars powered solely by electric energy. Demonstration runs are underway and a championship racing tour is planned for 2014. 40 cars will participate, consisting of 10 teams and 20 drivers. Each team will include 2 drivers and 4 cars to compensate for the relatively short battery lives of the vehicles. These cars can accelerate from 0 to 60 or 0 to 100 Km/h in less than 3 seconds and reach speeds of 220 Km/h, so expect plenty of excitement, but without all the noise. The Formula E race car noise decibel tops out at about 80dB, the equivalent of a city bus.
The e-Prix races will take place in 10 -12 cities across the world, with racecourses of 2.5 to 3 km long. The inaugural Formula E series race is slated for Brazil on November 13 2014, with plans to hold two U.S. races in Miami and Los Angeles.
If Formula E is not sending an electric current throughout your body, long time Formula One fans can still enjoy the sweet smell of petrol and deafening roars of gas engines. The FIA has recently published a revised schedule for the 2014 Formula One world championship racing tour following its World Sport Council in Paris, kicking off the season in Australia on March 16 and concluding in Abu Dhabi on November. Two
new races have been
added to the calendar, Austria on June 22 and Russia on October 12.