FORMULA E: Electric Fantastic Or Dead Battery
Ultimately you will decide.
Formula E kicks off tomorrow after much media hype this past year. Pioneer of a new age of racing, or simply another money-making gimmick? Will it flourish or flounder? MAC weighs in…
This weekend will see the inaugural Formula E race in Beijing around the Olympic ‘Birds Nest’ stadium. Backed by the FIA who sanction and regulate most major auto-races outside of the US of A, the initial season will have ten races, all on street circuits, in some of the major capitals of the world.
Although the season has been billed as a ten-race series, one city, Rio, has already dropped out and a replacement is being looked for; and the London leg is in trouble with the venue probably having to be switched from Battersea Park to the Axiata Stadium. Of course, with alternative fuel being a big part of the idea of the new race series, it is perhaps appropriate that the first race will be held in a city famed for its wintertime blanket of choking smog.
The Race calendar as it stands for 2014/15 Season:
|13 September||Beijing, China – Olympic Park|
|22 November||Putrajaya, Malaysia – Persiaran Perdana|
|13 December||Punta del Este, Uruguay – Playa Brava Beach|
|10 January||Buenos Aires, Argentina – Puerto Madero|
|14 February||TBC – previously Rio|
|14 March||Miami, USA – circuit to be confirmed|
|4 April||Long Beach California, USA – Long Beach|
|9 May||Monte Carlo, Monaco – circuit to be confirmed|
|30 May||Berlin, Germany – circuit to be confirmed|
|27 June||London, UK – Battersea Park|