Friday, November 1, 2013

McLaren Ready to Embrace Electric Formula E Racing

Formula One could be the perfect test-bed for many of the electrical innovations of interest to the automobile industry.
Formula One giants McLaren are keen to be involved in a new global electric motor racing series set to start in 2014 and could even enter a team at some stage, according to principal Martin Whitmarsh.
The Formula E series, to be promoted by a Hong Kong-based consortium led by Spanish businessmen, will be sanctioned by the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) with plans for a grid of 10 teams and 20 drivers.
The plan is for hour-long city-centre races in at least 10 different landmark locations around the world with drivers having to change cars at pitstops due to the batteries lasting only 15-20 minutes.