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The ePrix Searches for the Right Formula

“I think this is the future,” says Michael Andretti.

by on Mar.19, 2015

Formula E racers charge through the 1.3-mile Miami street circuit on the first of 39 laps.

From a distance, they sound like a swarm of angry hornets – if you can hear them at all. For those familiar with traditional motorsports series, like NASCAR or Formula One, the oddest aspect of a Formula E event is the virtual silence of the dart-shaped race cars. But for organizers and supporters of the ePrix, that really is the sound of the future.

Now, halfway through its first season after finishing a 39-lap run through downtown Miami over the weekend, Formula E is a global race series with a mission.

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The goal is not just to entertain but to prove the viability of electric propulsion at a time when at a time when the public is having a hard time getting charged up about battery cars.

“Formula E is both my environmental conviction and my business conviction,” says series organizer Alejandro Agag. “I don’t believe environmental convictions alone are sustainable without being supported by a good business case.”


Drayson Tops 204 MPH – Sets EV Record

Old record stood for 29 years.

by on Jun.27, 2013

Members of the Drayson Racing team celebrate their land speed record.

With all the emphasis on electric propulsion these days, it might seem hard to believe that it’s been 39 years since General Electric – yes, GE – set the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. But that achievement has finally been bested by a sleek, green Le Mans Prototype dubbed “Lola.”

On an RAF airbase in Yorkshire, England, an 850-horsepower battery-electric vehicle built by Drayson Racing hit a top speed of 204.185 miles per hour during a pair of runs down a 3-kilometer (nearly 2-mile) track.  That was a full 29 mph faster than the 175 mph record set way back in 1974 by the Battery Box General Electric.

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“I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable,” said Lord Paul Drayson, whose firm built the 2,200 battery car, and who personally piloted it during the record run. “It is not the outright speed of 204.185 mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000 kilogram electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile.”


Is Formula One Going Green?

FIA considering new battery car series.

by on Apr.05, 2011

FIA Chief Jean Todt is charged up about racing electric cars, and may launch the first series by 2013.

Hitting 200-plus miles an hour down the straight you’re likely not thinking much about matters like mileage or CO2 emissions.  But up in the Formula One suites, well, that’s another matter entirely.  And after encouraging teams to develop hybrid systems for their F1 racers, the sport’s top brass may be ready to take things to the next level.

The Formula One governing body is planning to launch a series of electric car race series that could eventually generate a battery-powered rival to F1 itself.

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“We want, as soon as possible, to have new categories with new energy,” Jean Todt, president of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, or FIA, told the British newspaper, the Telegraph.

Don’t look to find Michael Schumacher behind the wheel, at least not initially, nor is it clear whether major players like Ferrari or Team Red Bull will be signing on up front.