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An FIA-sanctioned racing series for electrically-powered open wheel cars.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Formula E page on 2 October 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars. The series was conceived in 2012, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing on 13 September 2014. The series is sanctioned by the FIA. Alejandro Agag is the current CEO of Formula E.

For the first season, all teams were supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT 01E. The chassis was designed by Dallara, with an electric motor developed by McLaren (the same as that used in its P1 supercar), a battery system created by Williams Advanced Engineering and a Hewland five-speed gearbox. Michelin was the official tyre supplier. For the first season, 42 electric cars were ordered by the series, with four cars made available to each of the ten teams and two cars kept for testing purposes.

An average Formula E car has a power of at least 250 horsepower (190 kW). The car is able to accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). The generators used to re-charge the batteries are powered by glycerine, a by-product of bio-diesel production.

Since the second season regulations allow for new powertrain manufacturers, the manufacturers are able to build the electric motor, inverter, gearbox and cooling system. The chassis and battery stay the same. There were nine manufacturers creating powertrains for the 2016–17 season: ABT Schaeffler, Andretti Technologies, DS-Virgin, Jaguar, Mahindra, NextEV TCR, Penske, Renault, and Venturi.


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5 November 2017 (1:43AM)
Will Formula Racing Switch to Electric Cars?
George Putic, VOA News
As private and public transportation slowly shifts to electric propulsion, fans of Formula One car racing wonder whether the thrill of roaring turbocharged engines and the smell of burning car tires will someday be replaced by the subdued sleep-inducing whine of electric motors. But Formula E cars keep gathering fans and creating support for alternative power sources. VOA's George Putic reports.
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DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
17 September 2014Concept_One making history in Beijing
Rimac Automobili at Formula E in Beijing, China

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DateArticleAuthor/Source
28 August 2012Formula E - New Formula for electric race cars Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
9 December 2012Formula E - the latest news Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
9 December 2013Leonardo DiCaprio's Team Completes the Formula E Grid Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
8 January 2014Let’s Hear It For Electric Motorsport Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
3 July 2014Rimac Automobili to Supply Concept_One Supercar for Formula E Rimac Automobili
8 July 2014Why Formula E Won't Succeed Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
17 September 2014Concept_One making history in Beijing Rimac Automobili




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