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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

X-Car Feature Delves into the Intricacies of Formula E

 

@ BOLD RIDE                               

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Formula E is a tough beast to love, but a beast nonetheless. The new-for-2014 electric racing series makes its debut in Beijing on September 13, and the guys over at X-Car spoke with some of the sport’s racing elite on what to expect from the inaugural season. Take a look.



This first season will be a bit tricky. Each of the 10 teams will field four cars at each event, and it’s worth noting that the engineers can’t fiddle with them.

 All the batteries, conductors, motors – you name it – will have to remain off-limits until next year, when chassis development can begin, per the regulations. However, this first year finally gives drivers the opportunity to showcase their talents in a field of equally matched cars.

The notion of electric racing does carry with it an undeserved stigma. Formula E won’t bring screaming V8 engines or iconic sprints around Spa-Francorchamps, but it does provide for the advancement of EV technology and that’s something we can all get behind.

Thanks to Formula E, electric cars will undoubtedly become cheaper, more efficient, and potentially speedier.
If it’s good enough for Alain Prost, it’ll be good enough for any F1 fan. Tune in this September to see American drivers J.R. Hildebrand, Conor Daly, and Marco Andretti fighting it out against an experienced field.