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Jaguar Returns to Racing with New I-Type Electric

British maker set to join Formula E series

by on Sep.08, 2016

Jaguar will develop its own powertrain for the I-Type.

After a pouting absence following its failure in Formula 1, Jaguar is readying a return to racing, but don’t expect to hear the screech of a new V-10 or turbo engine. Jaguar’s all-new I-Type racer will move in near silence as part of the Formula E series.

The British maker will team up with – appropriately enough – battery and electronics giant Panasonic for the groundbreaking electric racing series. The partners pulled the covers off their new racer today, dubbing it I-Type 1. It will be driven in anger for the first time on October 9th, when the new Formula E season gets underway in Hong Kong.

Plug In!

Considering its long motor sports history, which reached apogee on the circuit of Le Mans with legendary models like the C- and D-Types and, later, the XJR-19, why Formula E. Because, said team chairman Gerd Mauser, it’s “an innovative series with competitive, close racing in front of urban audiences. It develops EV tech and helps change the perception of electric cars.”

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Formula E to Launch World’s First Roborace

Self-driving race series set to get underway next year.

by on Nov.30, 2015

Roborace will be an hour-long event before each of the Formula E battery car races.

Think motorsports and you’re as likely as not to immediately think of some of the great names associated with racing: Schumacher, Hill, Fangio, Andretti, Petty and Earnhardt. So, what happens when you take the driver out of the car?

You come up with the new Roborace, a series of hour-long track events set to launch next year as a prelude to the Formula E series. About to enter its third season, Formula E is itself a groundbreaking concept, the first major series to rely on battery-electric race cars.

Tech Talk!

“We passionately believe that, in the future, all of the world’s vehicles will be assisted by AI and powered by electricity, explains Denis Sverdlov, Founder of Kinetik and Roborace.  The new series will serve as a “celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far. It’s a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life.”

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Michelin Goes From Track to Street

Formula E tires could soon deliver better mileage and performance for average motorist.

by on Mar.31, 2015

Formula E racers shown charging through the 1.3-mile Miami street circuit last month.

Rain or shine, drivers will switch on their engines for the sixth round of the Formula E race series in Long Beach, California this weekend.

No matter what the weather, the 20 drivers in the battery-car racing program will ride the same set of rubber – in sharp contrast to the better-known Formula One series where teams can choose from an assortment of different tires customized for wet or dry pavement. In fact, the strict, green-minded rules of Formula E mean that drivers will likely be using some of the same tires that were on the car during the previous race in Miami.

Burn Rubber!

That may pose some challenges for those drivers, considering Formula E cars will can launch from 0 to 60 in barely 2.8 seconds and reach speeds of nearly 150 mph. But it also could be good news for the average motorist, as the technology that makes it possible to handle such extremes on track should  translate into better tires for the street, according to officials at Michelin, the official tire supplier for the Formula E series.

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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.

Plug In!

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.”

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Racers, Plug in Your Engines!

Teams get ready for first Formula E battery-car race.

by on Sep.05, 2014

Formula E racers run a simulation of the first race scheduled to take place in Beijing.

It’s taken several years of planning and engineering and months of simulations and dry runs, but if all goes according to schedule, proponents of electric propulsion will get their chance, a week from now, to prove that battery cars really can play in the same league as conventional gas-powered vehicles.

August 13th will bring the inaugural race for Formula E, a new motor sports series that is being billed as the electric equivalent of Formula One, the world’s most popular racing series. Indeed, the cars that will be racing in Beijing next weekend look quite similar to those used on the F1 circuit.

The Last Word!

While they won’t quite hit the same top speeds, the Formula E race cars will be reasonably quick, and expected to reach as much as 140 mph – though they’ll do it in near silence, rather than the deafening screams that mark a traditional race track.

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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.”

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