Is formula E the future of F1?

Formule-ESeptember 13, 2014 v compete for the first leg of a new motor racing championship, the Formula E. It differs from other automotive categories in this that he opposed drivers of cars on electric. While formula one has adopted hybrid engine this year alone, the formula E got completely rid of fossil fuels and will thus be able to leave its 10 teams and 20 drivers compete in city centres. London, Bueno Aires, Miami, Berlin and Beijing for the first round are some of the 10 races of this first season of formula E. Will it replace formula 1?

The same car for all teams

Car20gallery_6Halfway between the American Indycar and formula 1 European, formula E will have difficulty to seduce F1 purists. Unlike the F1, 10 teams will have the same car. They will therefore not tens of millions of dollars spend to optimize the aerodynamics of their cars, not to mention the astronomical sums swallowed up by engine manufacturers. As well as electric propulsion makes a closer Tie Fighter than a race car. Worse, the available power, 200 kW, or 270 HP seems very modest to the 800 HP of the modern F1 and more than 1,000 cv of F1 Turbo of the 1980s. However, the formula E has what seduce the public.

A real “reboot” of formula 1

Car20gallery_13On the one hand, the Formula E is in tune with the time. The cars do not pollute, it is giving them the downtowns of major cities. On the other hand, Formula 1 is falling apart under its own weight. Unable to control its costs, it has become unaffordable for many advertisers and apart from the big teams such as Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull Racing, half of the stables of the shelf lose vast sums. The investment devoted to aerodynamic research and mechanical devices which have absolutely no impact on road vehicles. The car, delivered by Spark Racing Technology and Renault has a carbon chassis produced by Italian Dallara (well known for providing a large number of championship the Indycar, the GP2, the World Series 3.5 and Super Japanese Formula). Battery has been developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, subsidiary technology from the stables of formula 1 Williams.

10 teams, 19 drivers… for now


Nicolas Prost will argue the formula E World Championship at the wheel of a Renault/e.Dams.

For the first season, the formula E has attracted 10 teams including e.Dams Renault, Audi Sport ABT, Virgin Racing, Venturi, Andretti, China Racing. They have hired a nice skewer of drivers, which many have already gone through the F1 box. Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso crew a few years ago, has created its own team. It will take the wheel of one of his cars, alongside Michela Cerruti, a female pilot. More than sixty years of history, never a woman was unable to start in an F1 race. Among the drivers from F1 which will run in formula E, Jaime Alguersuari, an ex-Toro Rosso, will drive for Virgin Racing, Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin signed with Venturi, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna will drive for the Indian Mahindra Racing team, Jérôme D’Ambrosio at Dragon Racing, Nelson Piquet in China Racing, Luca di Grassi at Audi Sport ABT. Finally, Franck Montagny won a tub at Andretti Formula E. only the second tub of the American team is still to be filled. As for the French team e.Dams/Renault, it has also placed a F1 driver in one of its cars, Sébastien Buemi. His second pilot will be Nicolas Prost, the son of the quadruple champion of the world of F1. Appointment on 13 September in Beijing for the first race of this Championship like no other.

Translation : Bing Translator

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