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Formula E Lays Out Electric Race Calendar

Eight battery-car races planned from Buenos Aires to Beijing.

by on Mar.08, 2013

Formula E hopes to field 10 teams in 10 races for 2014.

Anyone who thinks battery power means a slow, cramped and boring ride needs to think again. This year’s Geneva Motor Show is loaded with examples showing what electric propulsion can do, from the peppy Audi A3 e-Tron plug-in to the fearsome, all-electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.

And if you’re still not convinced, the Fédération Internationale de l´Automobile, the same sanctioning body that governs Formula One, is weighing in.  It’s set to sanction first eight battery-car races that will be part of the new Formula E series set to debut in 2014.

While the calendar is still preliminary, it calls for races in London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. The goal is to add two more events for next year.

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“Zero emission world class motor racing is a scintillating concept and I am hugely keen that London be involved in the birth of Formula E,” says Boris Johnson, the battery-electric proponent who also serves as mayor of London. “It has the potential to highlight the impressive strides being made in the manufacture of electric vehicles and hosting a street race could also be of considerable economic benefit to our city.”


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.


Formula One Threatened With Season Cancelation

Eight teams, with Ferrari leading the way, walk out of an FIA meeting on cost-cutting. Will Toyota bail out entirely next year?

by on Jul.08, 2009

Last year for loss making Toyota in ultra-expensive F1?

Last year for loss-making Toyota in ultra-expensive F1 Championship as the Great Recession wins?

There’s the sport of racing, the business of racing and the politics of racing.

All three are being negatively affected by the ongoing Global Great Recession and the wallop it has delivered to automakers.

Nowhere is this clearer than in Formula One racing, once considered the pinnacle of the sport. And well it should have been, went its wildly profitable promoters, considering its international audience reaching a claimed 100 million or more for some races, and drivers who routinely made $20 million-plus annually as they flew in private jets to some of the world’s most expensive and exotic locations.

But that may soon be past tense

Last month, the Formula One Teams Association, comprised of the top eight FI teams, threatened their own racing war of independence from the sport’s sanctioning body, the scandal-wracked Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

A war of words ensued, with the FIA saying “lawyers have now examined the FOTA threat to begin a breakaway series. The actions of FOTA as a whole, and Ferrari in particular, amount to serious violations of law including willful interference with contractual relations, direct breaches of Ferrari’s legal obligations and a grave violation of competition law. The FIA will be issuing legal proceedings without delay.”

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Ultimately a compromise was reached that — it was claimed at the time– would significantly cut the costs that teams incur by designing, building and running extremely sophisticated, purpose-built cars for one season. Ah, but that gets into the business and politics of racing, which are as conflicted by as many agendas, as there are teams competing to win.

Well, here we go again. The Associated Press has just reported that FOTA has walked out of a cost cutting meeting in Europe earlier today.