Mahindra driver Pascal Wehrlein on Formula E racing
India’s Formula E team Mahindra has really been putting the heat on the AUDI, BMW, Jaguar and Nissan, landing on the podium in every one of the first 3 races of the season. We met with their talented German-Mauritian driver, Pascal Wehrlein and talked about the challenges of racing against time and range-saving strategies.
Formula E: Audi’s photo finish in Mexico City
This is a first for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, the team that celebrated its first Formula E victory this season on Saturday. Brazil’s Lucas Di Grassi clinched a miraculous triumph in the Mexico City E-Prix in an epic wheel-to-wheel photo finish that is only possible in electric street racing.
Formula E: Two Germans on podium at Santiago E-Prix
The 3rd Formula E race in Santiago, Chile was a great success from the German point of view. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) placed behind the Brit Sam Bird, who won for the first time this year. Bird’s team Envision Virgin Racing is equipped with a powertrain from Audi, so […]
A drag race of a kind nature never invented
Formula E has released another rather spectacular PR film just before the start of the fifth season in Saudi Arabia. This time it is about one of the oldest sports in the world and one beloved in the arabic world. Here, it is of course combined with one of the newest.
Nissan revive Leaf Nismo RC electric race car
Nissan presents the newest generation of their fully electric race car Leaf Nismo RC, giving it twice more power than the predecessor. Two electric motors deliver a total of 240 kW power and 640 Nm torque for the all-wheel drive.
Formula E signs Bosch as official sponsor
The electric racing series Formula E is becoming ever more illustrious. The latest supporter is Bosch. Their sponsorship includes advertising at the race course, on TV and online. In other news, the FE poached a new driver from the F1 and confirms a race in Bern.
Formula E goes Extreme with e-SUVs
The organizers of the Formula E have announced a new brain-child: The Extreme E Electric World Challenge will take place in the most extreme climates of the planet with electric SUVs, visiting the Himalayas, the polar circle, the Amazon rain forest and a remote island in the Indian Ocean.
Name Game for Formula E
There has been some dispute regarding the rights to the name Formula E – apparently a small go-cart championship in central Europe holds the rights to the name, which may bring some trouble for the larger championship.
Fancy buying a FIA electric race car?
With the new season of the Formula E coming up, which will use a new generation of electric race cars, FIA is offering the “old” ones for sale. Prices vary despite the identical set-up of each racer.
FIA World Rallycross series postpones electric cars
The FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) says it is to postpone the switch to all-electric cars. The move was initially planned for 2020 but manufacturers have now been given time until 2021. They will have to confirm their commitment to the electric format until March, 29, 2019.
FIA’s final fine print
The new Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and his team colleague Andre Lotterer received an unusual fine at the season finale in New York. Both drivers were fined €5,000 for wearing what FIA considers “noncompliant underwear” during the qualifiers.
FIA confirms Porsche and Mercedes entry into Formula E
FIA has given the green light for Porsche and Mercedes to enter the electric racing series as the governing body accepted their applications to produce powertrains for the Formula E. They will start in season 6, while BMW is in for season 5 and just showed off their racer in action.
Tender: FIA searches a battery supplier for WRX
FIA has officially confirmed that the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) will switch to fully electric cars from 2020. They now released a tender calling on battery developers to supply their race-ready system to cover the entire seasons 2020 to 2023.
FIA’s electric rallycross series takes shape
Plans for a new electric series within the FIA World Rallycross Championship are progressing. According to “Motorsport.com”, nine manufacturers – among them VW, Peugeot and Audi – are involved into talks about kicking off such a series in 2020.
Hyundai, FIA Formula E.
Click tip: Hyundai’s Ioniq EV made an appearance at the New York Auto Show. The presented model was equipped with CCS – fuelling rumours that the manufacturer is moving away from CHAdeMO.
Video tip: FIA wants their viewers to not just watch their cars, but to understand them. This video examines the differences between existing Formula E models, weighing pros and cons, and detailing the make-up of existing cars. Which car has twin motors? A manual gear stick? What about a bizarre, distinct buzzing sound? FIA explains it all.
FedEx & Wrightspeed, Nissan, ZSW, FIA.
FedEx powered by Wrightspeed: Recently, the logistics giant tried electric drives by Wrightspeed Power. The trial went well, as FedEx now ordered another 25 electric drivetrains for its pilot programme that sees Wrightspeed convert its trucks. The system comes with an on-board diesel-turbine to generate extra electricity.
Nissan got a taste for electric racing and will unveil its hybrid racer GT-R LM Nismo in Florida soon, sportscar365.com reports. The sports car is destined to battle at next year’s Le Mans where it will meet the hybrid racers of Audi, Porsche and Toyota on the course. The hunt for drivers is on.
Battery research centre: The ZSW Laboratory for Battery Technology (eLaB) has been opened in the German city of Ulm (we reported). Here, companies will have the chance to develop new manufacturing methods for large Li-ion batteries to be used in EVs.
Electric racing history: The FIA is to appear at the Paris Motor Show. Side by side on display will be two electric racers with more than a century between them. The ‘Jamais Contente’ was the first car to go over 100 kph in 1899 while the Spark-Renault SRT_01E is setting records in the Formula E.
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