By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine
A few entries ago we noted the birth of the UK-based EVCUP racing series. Like so many other startup racing series that one may or may not make it past the first few races as it struggles with costs, sponsorships, number of entrants and spectator interest.
But electric racing is turning out to be not just a matter on the fringe of motorsport. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, better known as the FIA, is the governing body for world motor sport. It consists of representatives from world’s leading motoring organizations in almost every country. FIA is also the sanctioning body for the Formula One (F1) world driving and manufacturers championships.
Even if you don’t follow F1, or know anything about it, it is truly an international hotbed of technology and advanced engineering. Earlier this year, there was a proposal for 2012 to require all F1 cars to run solely on electric power when in the pits. While this was quickly shouted down by the teams on grounds of safety (“can’t hear the cars…”) and engineering (“why carry the extra weight just for pit lane operation?), the organizers remained interested in applying electric power to racing.
With that in mind, FIA recently called for “expressions of interest” from any teams interested in competing in a proposed FIA Formula E series for all-electric racing cars.
If it comes together – and with FIA’s organizing and financial powers, it might well – the first race is anticipated in 2013. Any team signing on must make a three year commitment to the series and provide all-electric, open wheel (formula type) race cars. The term “formula” simply refers to the set of rules governing the cars’ construction. Look for open cockpit racers weighing no more than 1,720 lbs, with driver, fluids and batteries.
Right now, FIA is proposing 15-minute sprint races with time between sessions for recharging or battery pack swaps. Overall, it’s an interesting concept backed by a powerful organization with a ton of technical know-how. If the right sponsors pick up the chance to play on an international stage, this could be the start of something very interesting.
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