Plugged Into The Future

Gen2 Formula e car [Photo by FIA Formula e]

Gen2 Formula e car [Photo by FIA Formula e]

By Eddie LePine

I will soon be making my annual trip to Brooklyn, New York for the ABB FIA Formula-E Championship races in July.

It all started as an idea back in 2011 and the first race was held in China in 2014. Now look where we are.

Formula-E has certainly matured and continued to grow rapidly as electric auto racing has taken hold around the planet. This year, in season 5, there will be 13 races in 12 cities on 5 continents. So far, with 7 races run, we have seven different winners in seven different cars. It doesn’t get much more competitive than that.

ABB FIA Formula-E takes racing to the people, as all of their races are run on temporary city street circuits right in the middle of major population centers. And this year, they are running the new Gen2 cars, which feature 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h (that’s 170mph). Also, this season there will no longer be a need to change cars in the middle of the race, as the new Gen2 cars will run an entire event.

Prior to the two rounds being held in Brooklyn July 13-14, races will be held in Monaco, Berlin and Switzerland.

This series continues to go from strength to strength and will just continue to get stronger. Next season, Porsche joins the series and the already strong competition will get even better.

Electric auto racing is here to stay, and as we head into the future it will undoubtedly continue to grow and prosper. As a matter of fact, it is likely that all motorsport will be electric sooner rather than later.

Stay tuned.

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