The electric car in motor racing

 

Change and innovation in the history of Formula 1

With the phenomenal growth of the electric vehicle market worldwide, car manufacturers have been quick to realize that electric cars are the future and that investing in them is a must. That’s why today many of them have a team in the electric version of the famous Formula 1 motorsport: Formula E.
 

What is Formula E?

Formula E, or FE, is the first and only car competition specializing in electric single-seaters. Created in 2011, it now has 7 editions and is regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). This modern sport has proven itself and attracted major manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi or Jaguar. The award for the most successful manufacturer even goes to our French group Renault (3 titles), with Renault-e.dams. We also find Jean-Éric Vergne at the top of the ranking of electric Formula 1 races.
 
Formula E is doing its best in terms of eco-responsibility but unfortunately remains a polluting sport, especially because of its travel from circuit to circuit. Nevertheless, it intends to evolve its operations by 2030 by going decarbonized. Mission possible or impossible? We can’t wait to see what happens.
 
Although this concept is still very new, there are now other car races for electric vehicles such as the Extreme E for example, which is a championship created in 2018 and using electric SUVs.
 
Finally, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile has announced for 2023 the creation of an electric grand touring championship including electric refueling in the races.

 

The different models of cars for Formula E races

Here is a list of some of the cars used in Formula E races (not ranked by their Formula E performance):

Car Manufacturer

Vehicle

Characteristics

Nissan

Leaf Nismo RC ou E.Dams

2 electric motors with a total power of 240kW each / 326 horsepower

Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID.R

Maximum power of 500 kW / 680 horsepower

Jaguar

Panasonic Jaguar I-TYPE 4

Maximum power of 250 kW / 335 horsepower

Audi

Audi e-tron FE06

52kW/h battery, rechargeable in 45 minutes

Opel

Opel corsa e-Rallye

100 kW / 136 horsepower

Hyundai

Hyundai IONIQ electric

11,5 kWh / 100 km

Renault

Renault ZOE

52 kWh battery

Tesla

Tesla Model S P100D

Range NEDC 542 km

 

Calendar Formule E & Extreme E 2021

Formula E and Extreme E 2021 calendar
Despite some cancellations due to the health crisis, the calendar of electric rallies and races for 2021 is full until the end of the year. We make you a small summary table of some events that could interest you. We also want to inform you that some Youtube channels offer you to watch or rewatch these spectacular car races, including the official channel of Extreme E.

 

Formule E

Évènement

Lieu

Date

ePrix Monaco

Monaco

May 08, 2021

ePrix Puebla

Mexico

June 19 to 20, 2021

ePrix New York

USA

July 10 to 11, 2021

ePrix London

United Kingdom

July 24 to 25, 2021

ePrix Berlin

Germany

14 to15 August 2021

 

Extreme E

Évènement

Lieu

Date

1st Stage

Wadi Rum, Saudi Arabia

03 to 04 April 2021

2nd Stage

Pink Lake, Senegal

29th to 30th May 2021

3rd Stage

Kangerlussuaq, Denmark

August 28 to 29, 2021

4th Stage

Santarem, Brazil

October 23 to 24, 2021

5th Stage

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

December 11 to 12, 2021


We hope this article has taught you a little more about electric car racing. As a bonus, we put you the link of the interview of Sebastien Loeb who talks about his participation in Extreme E.