Formula E: Formulec + Drayson Racing, the Electric Grand Prix arrives in 2014
A year ago, we were presenting FIA’s call for projects to promote greener motorsport under the name Formula E Electric Grand Prix.
The press release landed this week, the Formula E Championship now officially has a promoter: a consortium, Formula E Holdings, composed by Enrique Banuelos and Alejandro Agag as well as big names of the next generation motorsport as Eric Barbaroux from Formulec and Lord Drayson founder of Drayson Racing!
Initially expected in 2013, this championship will begin in 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.
Alejandro Agag said, “We are very thankful to the Rio authorities, its Mayor, Mr. Eduardo Paes, and its Governor, Mr. Sergio Cabral, for the enthusiastic welcome they have given to our Championship. The sustainable and clean energy aspects of our project were immediately highlighted by them, as values very much in line with the Rio de Janeiro of the future. We look very much forward to race in this amazing city in 2014.”
About the electric open-wheelers, they must be approved by the FIA to participate in the championship, therefore, Formula E will be open to other teams but the Formulec EF01 is the referent vehicle, 10 teams and 20 drivers will compete for the championship in the world’s major cities.
New demonstrations of the Formulec’s performances will take place in 2013, and for the record here is one of the most impressive in the Red Square with hellish weather.
Jean Todt, President of the FIA 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. We are pleased with this agreement with Formula E Holdings as they bring a very strong experience in MotorSport. The new events will provide a great way to engage the younger generation. This spectacular series will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share FIA values with a wide audience as clean energy, mobility and sustainability. This is a great day and a strong message to the motor sport community. The FIA is definitely looking to the future!"