Formula E All-Electric Race Series Announced

Formula E All-Electric Race Series Announced

This year’s racing season surprised many when Toyota fielded a hybrid-powered Le Mans race car and Audi enjoyed immense success with its hybrid R18 e-tron quattro.

Based on the growing popularity of hybrids and electric cars hitting the track, the FIA has announced an agreement with the Formula E Holdings (FEH) for an all-electric car race car championship series. The race series will be called Formula E and will run in major city streets all around the world. The championship series won’t start until 2014, but next year will give race teams plenty of time to prepare as they do demonstration runs. The inaugural race will be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Drayson Racing Technologies has been working with Lola to develop a B12/69 all-electric racing car (seen below in the gallery). Lord Drayson has been acting as a scientific adviser to FEH and believes the series will help in electric-car development.

Perhaps it’s a new era in motorsports, where electric cars will prove to be a formidable opponent even against their standard gasoline counterparts. Interesting times indeed to be a race car fan.

“I would like to thank all the parties involved”, said FIA president Jean Todt on the agreement of the new race series. “This new competition at the heart of major cities is certain to attract a new audience. This spectacular series will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share the FIA values and objectives of clean energy, mobility and sustainability with a wider and younger audience as well.”

GALLERY: Lola-Drayson B12/69 Race Car