Undercurrent: Racing Series debut

Kempten, September 15, 2014

On September 13, 2014, a small piece of racing history has been written in Beijing. In the Chinese city of a new racing world celebrated tens of thousands of fans and more than 40 million television viewers worldwide its debut Formula E. The first race was the 25 only decided in the final corners laps. The Team Abt Sportsline was able to post the first victory.

The formula E - Vehicles

The formula E is the new power - counterpart to the pinnacle of motor sport, Formula 1 During the Formula 1 series will provide with exhaust essays that the 1.6 - liter six-cylinder used make noise neatly again, it goes in the formula e ?? at least on the track itself ?? much quieter. The E - Renner are all built in the first season based on the Spark Renault SRT_01E. Only batteries and motors can be adapted by each team individually. Starting next season, then other vehicles will be allowed for the series. The electric motors make under these rules up to 272 hp. Energy supply batteries with a maximum of 28 kilowatt hours per car. They make the current cars up to 225 km / h ( electronically limited ) quickly.

The first race weekend

Unlike in Formula 1, the " race weekend " the formula E is limited to a single day. The free practice, qualifying and the one-hour race will take place directly after the other. The first winner's trophy Lucas di Grassi was able to secure from Abt Sportsline team in a turbulent final sprint. In the early stages of the race, the Brazilian initially defended his launch site number two. After the pit stop middle of the race (the driver rises from the empty Renner in a fully charged for ) he fell back to third place. The finish on the third position seemed certain, as the two leading cars in one of the last corners and collided spectacularly failed. Thus, the ex-Formula 1 driver could cross the finish line as the winner. His team-mate Daniel Abt was initially regarded as a third party, but returned a short time later. The Kempten had in the race 0.2 kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed too much, but received a time penalty and was eventually seen as tenth.

Tourdates the formula E

Beijing was the first of ten races in a season. The formula E will continue to make stops in Malaysia, Uruguay, Argentina, the USA, Monaco, Britain and Germany. The next round will be held on November 22, 2014 in Putrajaya ( Malaysia ) . (ml)