Motorsports is one of the most exciting sports on the planet and definitely the most popular too. Talk about it and the first word that comes to your mind is FIA. The entity organize Formula One and other racing events. Now for many years racing cars have been running on gasoline but the recent change in the trend has taught that even diesel and hybrid cars can do well.
In 2006, with the win at the 24 hour Le Mans race with R10 TDI, Audi showed the world that diesel powered cars are equally potent. The R10 TDI project cost Audi 15 million USD a year. Earlier this year, the German once again proved that gasoline is not the only way to win the race. In 2012 Audi’s hybrid cars won the race. Now that hybrid cars have made their mark, soon we will have all electric race cars on track.
FIA, the governing body of auto sport has officially announced that they have reached upon an agreement with FEH (Formula E Holdings). FEH is supported by Enrique Banuelos, a Spanish billionaire and the team has also developed an all-electric racing car prototype, Formula EF 01.
FIA president Jean Todt said “I would like to thank all the parties involved”.
“This new competition at the heart of major cities is certain to attract a new audience. This spectacular series will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share the FIA values and objectives of clean energy, mobility and sustainability with a wider and younger audience as well.” he added.
In 2014 the electric racing championship will take place and FIA will launch the all electric race championship under the name Formula E. The race will have 10 teams having 2 drivers each and the inaugural race will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
If people think that these electric cars are not thrilling enough, let me tell you that the prototype could attain a top speed of 200 MPH or sprint from 0 to 60 in just 3 seconds. The Formula One race is soon to take place in India once again and in the coming years we do hope Formula E to come to our country as well.