Using entertainment, Formula E aspires to drive the change towards the greater use of sustainable mobility. In short, they want to improve the image and perception of electric vehicles and to encourage more people to buy and use them.
The inaugural season started last year with 10 teams, each with two drivers, competing in the 2014/2015 FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) Formula E Championship. During this year (from September 2015) Formula E will have an ‘open championship’ allowing teams to design and develop their own cars – in accordance to the technical specifications set out by the FIA – and showcasing their electrical energy innovations in a competitive, racing environment.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
Amlin Aguri from Japan is one of the teams participating during the championship this year. It believes expertise and knowledge gained from Formula E can be applied to creating eco-conscious technological solutions for future transport needs.
Andretti from USA is led by racing legend Michael Andretti who said:
“It’s an honour for Andretti to have been selected as one of the 10 founding Formula E teams for the inaugural season. I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world.”
On the other hand, Dragon Racing team also from USA believe Formula E is a tremendous opportunity for our many technology and media partners and look forward to its growth and ascendancy over the next decade.
Audi Sport ABT from Germany which has got five titles to its credit in the DTM alone, Abt Sportsline is one of the most successful German teams, which has also achieved victories and titles in GT and endurance racing.
China Racing Formula E Team aims to be a constructor in its own right and to build their own Chinese electric Formula cars within three years with support from Chinese EV manufacturers.
e.dams-Renault from France is a brand new team developed specifically for Formula E.
“Our motivation to enter this championship is based on both our passion for motor sport and the necessity to develop a more sustainable and more environmentally-friendly approach in our sport. The motor racing world has to adapt to the world’s environmental changes, Formula E brings some very concrete solutions that we’re convinced will help develop a new way of racing, and also the development of innovative solution for road cars…”
Mahindra Racing from India has already a major global force in the development and production of electric vehicles through its Mahindra Reva Company, Mahindra Racing is the eighth and only Indian team to race in Formula E. Mahindra Racing is no stranger to international motor sport, competing in the FIM Moto GP World Motorcycle Racing Championship – the first Indian team to do so in 2011. Based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra is a $16.2 billion multinational group employing more than 180,000 people in over 100 countries.
Trulli from Switzerland will begin work on adopting Drayson’s wireless charging technology – which offers the potential to free electric vehicles from the constraints of cable-based charging – with a view to fully implementing it from this year. Jarno Trulli (co-founder and driver) is one of the most experienced drivers in the history of Formula 1, competing in 256 Grand Prix and placing fifth on the all-time entry list.
Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Formula E Team has been co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa. The team is centred around the award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Venturi Automobiles, a leader in high performance electric vehicles developing a range of sports, urban and utilitarian cars, as well as being the current holders of the world land speed record for an electric vehicle with 495kph (307mph).
Finally, Virgin Racing from UK: Virgin is a brand that is strongly associated with technology and innovation, and is passionate about developing pioneering technology that can be put to commercial use, in the case of Formula E, directly impacting on cars on the road.
Formula E Seasons
For the first season Nine host cities are planning races for the 2014/2015 season. On April 11, 2014, a calendar with ten host cities for the 2014–2015 season has been confirmed, which consists of Beijing, Putrajaya, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Long Beach, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Berlin, Moscow and finally London, hosting the last two rounds of the championship.
The second season of Formula E will be held from September 2015 to June 2016. The calendar will be expanded to 12 cities. The season will see the introduction of eight manufacturers, who will be allowed to change certain parts of the car.
Read more at FIA Formula E website.