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Formula E Electric Racing: Inaugural Season Set For 2014

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Formulec EF01 electric race car

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Just over a year ago, we told you about a call for entrants to formally apply to take part in a potential all-electric race car series called Formula E.

Yesterday, the Federation Internatonale de l’Automobile confirmed the  race series would go ahead, with the inaugural race season now scheduled to start in 2014. 

According to the official press release, the FIA has agreed to license the commercial rights of the FIA Formula E championship to a consortium of international investors making up Formula E Holdings Ltd.

Like Formula 1, the races will take place in multiple countries over the course of 2014, with a planned 10 teams and 20 drivers. 

For the initial season, competitors will be given the option to race a pre-built electric race car developed by French automaker Formulec. 

Formulec EF01 electric race car

Formulec EF01 electric race car

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With a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 time of 3 seconds, and looks right out of the Indy 500, the Formulec EF01 will be able to run for 25 minutes on a single charge, meaning the 1-hour races will require drivers swap cars -- or battery packs -- as quickly as possible. 

We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more details about the series, but there is one more tiny snippet Formula E Holdings has shared about the all-new race series.

Rio de Janeiro, recent host of the G20 summit, has become the first city to volunteer itself as a host for the all-electric race series.

But where else should the series be held? Which tracks would you like the all-electric race series to visit? 

Let us know your nominations, and why you think Formula E should visit, in the Comments below. 

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Comments (7)
  1. Need to dub in vroom vroom like the London Olympics.
     
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  2. it would be pretty awesome if the Formula E could do a Rally on the DC Beltway. 500 miles would be about 5 times around which means they could start on the mall and whip round and finish downtown also.

    Do a sunday morning, and close the inner loop, would be beyond amazing.
     
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  3. They might have trouble getting entrance, but the much quieter cars should make the series much more appealing for city road races typical of Formula 1.
     
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  4. This will be a good place for manufacturers to test out motor, controller and battery technologies...
     
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  5. I have seen 3 F1 races at Silverstone. part of the 'magic' is the sound and 'feeling' the power as they raced by. The cars may need to invoke similar atributes; perhaps not with a sound recording but by a 'whisle(s)' incorporated within the bodywork that change pitch depending on what they are dong n the track....
     
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  6. For sure Rotterdam will want to set up a street racing circuit for this. Awesome!
     
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  7. I also think the Zandvoort circuit will want to host a race, perhaps also Assen. They haven't had the Formula 1 there since 1985, most probably because of environmental (noise) reasons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_Park_Zandvoort
     
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