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Adrenaline beat with Formula E

POSTED BY ON 08 September 2014

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IT is for certain that everyone is familiar with the term Formula One. Throw in words such as Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and McLaren, auto racing instantly races (pun intended) through your mind.

However, as popular as it is around the world, something else is coming into the picture, and it is called the FIA Formula E Championship or simply, Formula E.

So what really is the difference between Formula One and Formula E?

Yes, both rallies involve professional race car drivers, open-wheel racing cars and the strong smell of burning rubbers. However, the difference between the Formula One and Formula E is the power source for the vehicles.

While Formula One racing cars depend on fuel, those used in Formula E are powered fully by electric energy, hence the ‘E’.

Established in 2012, Formula E is a new FIA fully-electric, single-seater car racing championship which will compete in 10 of the world’s most populous cities. The first competition will take place this month starting with Beijing.

For the opening season, 10 teams consisting of two drivers each will compete against each other to offer race car fans with a new kind of thrilling experience.

They are:

Team

Driver 1 Driver 2 Country
Amlin Aguri Katherine Legge Antonio Felix da Costa Japan
Andretti Formula E Franck Montagny -to be confirmed- USA
Audi Sport ABT Lucas di Grassi Daniel Abt Germany
China Racing Nelson Piquet Ho-Pin Tung China
Dragon Racing Jerome d’Ambrosio Oriol Servià USA
E.Dams-Renault Nicolas Prost Sébastien Buemi France
Mahindra Racing Karun Chandhok Bruno Senna India
Trulli Jarno Trulli Michela Cerruti Switzerland
Venturi Nick Heidfeld Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco
Virgin Racing Jaime Alguersuari Sam Bird UK

Amlin Aguri team just announced that it has recruited Japanese driver Takuma Sato to join the team, which means Formula E has extended its line-up.

Each team will handle four Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E cars, two per driver.

For Malaysian car racing fanatics, mark your calendar as here is some exciting news for you.

If you are already familiar with the thundering sputter of V8 engines, then give yourselves the chance to experience the silent world of Formula E on Nov 22 at the Putrajaya ePrix.

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The 2.5km Putrajaya ePrix circuit is located in Persiaran Perdana and features 12 turns.

Located just south of the Perdana Putra housing the Prime Minister’s Office, the street circuit use much of the main high street and pass several of the city’s most landmark skyscrapers.

Drivers will be challenged with a mixture of straights, slow to medium speed corners, a hairpin as well as a narrow first-corner chicane that will see them slowing down from 200kmh (sixth gear) into a breaking g-force of 1.9.

Prime Minister Datuk Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak officially launched the FIA Formula E Championship during a special event last week at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, witnessed by Datuk Sri Johann Young, a founding partner of Formula E Holdings and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. Signing for Putrajaya was Tan Sri Aseh Haji Che Mat.

Prime Minister Datuk Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak officially launched the FIA Formula E Championship during a special event last week at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, witnessed by Datuk Sri Johann Young, a founding partner of Formula E Holdings and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. Signing for Putrajaya was Tan Sri Aseh Haji Che Mat.

What is interesting about the Formula E is that there is no sound at all coming from the race tracks, apparently.

Alejandro Agag, chief executive officer of Formula E Holdings, said: “The world is not so concerned about the fastest or the noisiest anymore. But it is concerned about who is doing things that are better for the environment. And in that Formula E is unbeatable.”

Tickets for the Malaysian leg will go on sale from September 15. A discount of 40 per cent will be given on all tickets during the early bird promotion following the ticket launch.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Tickets

Price (MYR)
General admission 50
Wawasan grandstand 365
Perdana grandstand 365
Premiere grandstand 715
VIP 1 & VIP2 980
Paddock Executive Suites 1,2,3 3,400

Seating plan

Will we be seeing our homegrown Malaysian team competing as well?

It has been confirmed by FIA Formula E Malaysia that we will not be sending any representative for now.

In line with its objective of promoting sustainability, the series paves the way for automotive manufacturers and designers to introduce their electrical energy innovations in a racing backdrop.

According to Agag, Formula E has no intention of competing with Formula One.

“We are big fans of Formula One and whoever tries to compete with Formula One will fail,” he said.

“What we try to build is something complementary, which may be smaller, but we think we have something very important,” he added.

The upcoming FIA Formula E Championship which kicks off this montn starting with Beijing is powered by electric energy.

The upcoming FIA Formula E Championship which kicks off this month starting with Beijing is powered by electric energy.

The FIA Formula E Championship is a joint event cum partnership between five different industry bigwigs: DHL, Michelin, Qualcomm, Renault and TAG Heuer.

It is supported by Visit Malaysia 2014, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and Putrajaya Corporation.

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