Formula E Racer Demonstration Run At CES In Las Vegas (w/videos)

JAN 8 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

Formula E Racer

Formula E Racer

On Monday, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the first dynamic public appearance of the Formula E Racer was held. Afterwards, the show car was placed on display in Central Hall, #8252.

Behind the wheel of Spark-Renault SRT_01E sat Brazilian racing driver Lucas di Grassi who drove along the Las Vegas Strip before moving on to Mandalay Bay in the center of the city.

The maximum speed of the Formula E racer is over 150 mph and according to Lucas di Grassi acceleration is very strong, however we are still far behind Formula 1 racers.

Formula E Racer

Formula E Racer

The Formula E finalized race calendar can be found here.  The championship consists of 10 rounds around the world and 10 teams with two drivers each and it all begins this September.

“Formula E is a new FIA championship which will compete on 10 city-centre circuits around the globe including two races in the US – Miami and Los Angeles – which take place in the spring of 2015. Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fan, whilst accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting sustainability.”

Formula E Racer

Formula E Racer

Alejandro Agag, CEO of the race series and promoter of Formula E Holdings sated:

“Today is a very special landmark for the FIA Formula E Championship and I’m delighted to be sharing it with Qualcomm and all our partners. Since the FIA launched Formula E just over a year ago, the progress and interest in the series has been overwhelming. When we started we had no cities, no teams, no broadcasters and no car. Now we have all these things so to be able to showcase our new car to everyone involved, and of course the fans, is a very proud moment.”

“2014 is a very big year for Formula E with the championship starting in September so it’s important to be starting on such a positive note. Today will also be the first of many roadshows we have planned over the coming months as we want as many people as possible to see, and hear, what we believe is the future of motorsport.”

“It’s also great for us to be debuting the car here in the US as this remains a key area for Formula E given we have two teams, two cities, broadcaster FOX Sports, a new investor with Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and, of course, the US’s ever expanding electric vehicle market.”

Formula E Racer

Formula E Racer

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated remarked:

“We are excited to show off the new fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship car in action on the Las Vegas Strip. Qualcomm is proud to be a Founding Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship and a part of a global movement towards sustainable living.”

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3 Comments on "Formula E Racer Demonstration Run At CES In Las Vegas (w/videos)"

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It would have been more fun if they had a battery swap instead of car swap. Imagine F1 speed on the battery swap, going in having 8 guys lifting the car, remove the bolts that keep the battery in place, remove the battery, roll in a new one and put in the bolts again… GO! GO! GO!

That would have been extremely exciting to see. I remember a time where the pit stops were the most nerve wrecking thing about the F1and a perfect 5 second stop or a poor 12-13 second stop could be the difference between winning and not winning.

That is really in deed a cool idea…, I’m really excited to see… the battery swap instead of car swap. You bought up a good point.

Take it from the voice of experience: car and battery swaps are both terrible ideas. See my responses in the comments sections of the following posts for further info:
http://insideevs.com/are-evs-still-viewed-by-the-general-public-as-medicine/
http://insideevs.com/the-time-has-nearly-come-for-electric-vehicles-to-dominate-the-racing-scene/