E-Motorsport - FIA Formula E
The concept was initiated by FIA President Jean Todt as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility. Inspired by this vision, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag took the idea and created a global brand with motor racing at its heart. To get this ambitious project off the ground required an enormous amount of effort, but by working with world-leading partners in the motorsport industry such as Williams, McLaren, Michelin and Dallara in under two years Formula E turned from a dream into reality.
When 20 all-electric racing cars lined up on the grid for the inaugural Beijing ePrix in September 2014, the cynics and the sceptics were confounded. With names like Senna, Prost and Piquet behind the wheel and teams such as Andretti, Audi, Renault and Virgin Racing the championship rivals the best championships in the world.
Over 190 million tuned in to watch the inaugural season across more than 100 countries around the world. Only recently BMW, Mercedes and Porsche have all announced plans to enter factory teams in Formula E which will only help broaden the appeal of the series.
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be the support series for the FIA Formula E championship, taking place on the same weekends at the same city circuits, starting in late 2018.
Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the new all-electric series gives racers of the future a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.
The ground-breaking championship will support the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE – Jaguar’s highly innovative five-seat battery electric sports car which hits the road in the same year. Up to 20 electric I-PACE racecars will be on the grid in the centre of 10 races in global cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paolo and New York, giving future Formula E stars the chance to race in the world-first series.
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, will build the racecars. They will be based on Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, the I-PACE performance SUV, which will hit the streets in late 2018.
Electric Powered Rally & Rally Cross
The future looks bright for Electric Powered Rally & Rally Cross with interest by major manufacturers and recent news that IMG, the promoter of the World Rally Cross events, has revealed that it is working with manufacturers and the FIA on plans to introduce electric technology.
Speedleague has also announced world’s first electric rallycross championship called E/RACING starting in November 2017 using cars built by STARD. Austrian company STARD have been developing a 4WD all electric rally & rallycross car for a few years now.
STARD, founded by former Group N World Rally Champion, WRC & WRX driver Manfred Stohl, is a highly skilled motorsports oriented research and development company with a background of experience of successful motorsport heritage spanning twenty-years and ten-years alternative energies engineering.
The car, called the HIPER, is being developed to conform to the FIA rally and rally cross regulations. It is being based on a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 rally car.
Volkswagen break the Pikes Peak all time record under all-electric power!
Volkswagen and the I.D. R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving the 500-kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology. In doing so, he not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered Sébastien Loeb’s all-time record from 2013 – by a full 16 seconds.
19.99 kilometres, 156 corners, just one attempt – and a successful one: Romain Dumas claimed his fourth overall victory at the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which has now been held 96 times since 1916. With the I.D. R Pikes Peak, Volkswagen has created an extraordinary racing car, specifically tailored to the demands of the most famous of hill climbs: a combination of minimum weight, as much downforce as possible, and maximum power, designed to achieve the best possible performance. Including its battery cells, the I.D. R Pikes Peak weighs less than 1,100 kilograms.