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Passing Gas: Electric Racing, is it the New Future of Racing?

Written by: Sarah Martisek
Leonardo DiCaprio certainly thinks so with Venturi Automobiles. And for that matter so does Virgin, Audi and the Andretti empire. Here is what we know about this progressive sport:

This class of auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and was conceived in 2012 with the inaugural championship to be held in 2014–15 season.

The series starts on September 13, 2014 in Beijing, China and will finish on June 27, 2015 in London after ten races.

Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship refers to a set of rules with which all participants’ cars must comply. Formula E is intended to be the highest class of competition for one-make, single-seat, electrically-powered racing cars.

There will be 10 teams, 20 drivers, and 40 cars and each team will include two drivers and four cars.

Racing circuits will be held in bustling cities, and will be approximately 2.5 km to 3 km long.

Cars will accelerate from 0 MPH to 60 MPH in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of about 140 MPH.

Pit stops will involve a change of car: when the battery runs out, the driver will make a pit stop, then will run 100 meters or about 328 feet to climb into a recharged car and races are planned to be roughly 45 minutes in length.

Finally, teams will be required to use McLaren motors and Michelin tires. Renault will be on the technical side.

So the question is, are you on board with this new form of racing? Let us know your opinion!

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Here are the teams:

FIA Formula E Championship

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