On an initiative from the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the new Formula E competition is exploring a different path with full-electric, zero-emission single-seaters. The first Formula E Championship will be held from September 2014 to June 2015. The competition will be organized in ten legs, each one raced in the center of a major city in Europe (London, Berlin, Rome), Asia (Beijing, Bangkok, Putrajaya) or the Americas (Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires). For this first season, 20 pilots split up in 10 teams will meet at the wheel of cars named Spark-Renault SRT_01E.
Like the driver, the battery has its own survival cell. The battery weighs 200 kg and is homologated according to international transport standards. The electric motor delivers 200 kW, or 270 hp, to the rear wheels. Drivers will be allowed to use the full power output of the vehicle in qualifying sessions. During the races themselves, power will be limited to 133 kW, or 180 hp, with a “push-to-pass” mode bringing drivers temporary access to 200 kW (270 hp), the aim being to combine range with overtaking opportunities. Performance simulations put the car’s 0 to 100 km/h time at three seconds, while top speed is limited to 200 km/h for maximum safety in urban racing.