Will F1 go electric with aid of FIA Formula E Championship?
With the F1 at the mid-season point in 2013 we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the latest FIA championship - Formula E. The future of F1 could be electrifying if this championship takes off.
Formula E, from 2014 is going to be a new championship with racing cars propelled by electric energy instead of an internal combustion engine. F1 as we know it will still exist but many will be keeping an eye on this series to see if electric power will be the future fuel for F1. This championship demonstrates how the automotive industry is changing and the vision for a sustainable future.
The races will be held in the heart of the world's leading cities with Rio and Rome already announced as two of the key tracks to be included on the 2014 calendar.
Aiming for a grid of 10 teams and 20 drivers in 2014 the FIA has expressed its delight with the sport's shared values of clean energy and sustainability.
Formula E hopes to promote general awareness around sustainability. It also intends to serve as a framework for R&D and development around the electric vehicle and accelerate general interest in these cars for personal use.
Spark Racing Technology will be part of the newly founded consortium whose purpose is to design the most efficient electric cars possible, in regard to mechanical, electrical, electronics and engine with McLaren (best known for its exploits in F1) among the key players in the said consortium.
Martin Whitmarsh (Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes): "I'm a passionate believer in the role that motorsport can play in showcasing and spearheading the development of future technologies, and regard the Formula E concept as an exciting innovation for global motorsport. McLaren has worked with Frédéric Vasseur for many years, and our association has been very successful. Working together in Formula E, McLaren's world-class technology and Spark Racing Technology's expert knowledge will combine to allow both companies to stay at the forefront of technical innovation and hopefully open up great opportunities for the racing cars of tomorrow."
Maybe F1 cars will be 100 per cent battery powered in the near future. The F1 cars already use KERS ( Kinetic energy recovery system), this stores energy in the flywheel or the battery and can be used again for a boost under acceleration.
The race is on to make F1 a green form of motorsport.
Written by Simon McBride