Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Formula E Championship

John Marine | 5/14/2014 09:56:00 PM | | |
The FIA Formula E Championship promises to provide great racing featuring completely electric race cars. The tracks will all be major cities- the likes of Los Angeles, Rome, and Beijing among others. How the racing will be executed will also be interesting. I don't know all the specifics of Formula E, but I am very much interested in how this series will play out and how its continued evolution will play itself out.

This blog post is a look at the all-new FIA Formula E Championship. These are all my thoughts on the series and what it could be.





--- Formula E Championship ---

The Formula E World Championship is a racing series that features formula race cars powered by electric engines. Its racing format and style will be much different from any other average racing series. Cars have to be changed over during the course of a race. How all of this will be executed is something I am purely curious about. The design of the cars and their various internals help make these cars vastly sophisticated.

There are a number of teams that will partake in the inaugural season of Formula E. Among them... Renault, Andretti Autosport, Team China, Dragon Racing, Virgin Racing, Super Aguri, and Drayson Racing among others. There will be various drivers taking part in the series ranging from ex Formula 1 drivers to drivers of various other circuit racing disciplines.


Inaugural Schedule.

The races will take place on city streets. Here is the 2014-2015 schedule for the series:

Rd. 01: Beijing, China - September 13, 2014
Rd. 02: Putrajaya, Malaysia - October 18, 2014
Rd. 03: Punta del Este, Uruguay - December 13, 2014
Rd. 04: Buenos Aires, Argentina - January 10, 2015
Rd. 05: ???, ??? - February 14, 2015
Rd. 06: Miami, Florida, USA - March 14, 2015
Rd. 07: Los Angeles, California, USA - April 4, 2015
Rd. 08: Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 9, 2015
Rd. 09: Berlin, Germany - May 30, 2015
Rd. 10: London, England, UK - June 27, 2015

I had to consult the Wikipedia page on the Formula E Championship for info on the open date on Valentine's Day 2015. Considered cities that were eventually dropped include Rome, Rio de Janerio, and Bangkok.


Convincing?

Many people could care less about Formula E because this is about electric cars. Over time, people will easily write off and hate on cars like these just because they are not gas/petrol powered. Why do you think people hate on cars like the Toyota Prius (besides not being overly sexy or attractive)? I think Formula E represents a generational leap in not only motorsport, but also automobile culture in general. After all, our automotive culture has some influence and insight from motor racing. What could be learned from Formula E may likely be picked up by automotive companies and even other racing constructors.

I say that if you are any kind of motorsports fan, at least respect this series from an enthusiast's standpoint. Nobody said Formula E was going to turn the racing world upside down and blow peoples' minds. All that can be said is that this series will be a continued evolution of automotive engineering and motorsport engineering.


Final Thoughts.

I still think you should give Formula E a chance and not dismiss it. The cars may not be overly fast or intimidating, but that isn't the point in my view. This series will probably provide great racing while not hurting the environment to a great extent. I mentioned that this series is not going to be anything groundbreaking or exciting. Well likewise, it isn't going to be completely perfect. Part of me wants to believe Formula E will be a championship that's sort of a work-in-progress. Lessons learned from races and in helping develop the cars all the further will help this series continue to evolve. Regardless of the further development of this series and its cars, there remains one constant- hard racing, and I think that is what people tend to forget in regards to what this series is about and how far it can go. People just think this is going to be just another racing series with uninteresting cars on uninteresting tracks. Who is to say that maybe this series doesn't eventually race on world-class racing tracks like Laguna Seca, Silverstone, Circuit de Catalunya, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Suzuka, and tracks like that?

If you have your qualms or doubts, I say give the Formula E Championship a chance. You don't have to be a tree hugger or some other sort of environmentalist to give this series at least a modicum of your attention. My respect for this series is primarily as an auto enthusiast and as a racing enthusiast. Also, it is a good marketing deal for the races to be held in major cities. These cars shouldn't be terribly loud once they race on these streets. And besides- who wouldn't love to go full speed through the streets of major cities? So give this series a chance. I hope this can be a continued project to make "green" racing better and perhaps help enhance technology and engineering apart from the possible racing excitement this series will provide.


At least these are all my thoughts on Formula E. Feel free to express your own opinions on this series if you choose.



--- Formula E Championship: Preview ---

Here is a video preview of what Formula E racing could provide:


Formula E Trailer

Excited?


For More Information...

If you want more on the Formula E Championship, including the latest news and updates on the series, please visit www.fiaformulae.com.


That concludes this blog post.





Here's the question I pose to you:

What do you think about this new Formula E Championship? Do you think more cities could take part in this series?

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