The future of auto racing hit the Las Vegas Strip on Monday when the FIA Formula-E electric car made its debut.
Less than 18 months after signing an agreement with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile the public witnessed the FE’s electric powered car which compete in 10 races on city-centre circuits starting this September 13 in Beijing. The season will conclude in London on June 27, 2015.
Ten teams of two drivers each will compete in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, a technical collaboration between Spark Racing Technologies, Dallara, McLaren, Renault, Williams and Michelin. The car travels from 0 to 100 khp in three seconds and to a top speed of 225 khp.
The batteries currently power the cars for 20 to 30 minutes per run and teams will have two identical cars with two mandatory pit stops throughout the event in order to change cars while the other charges. Formula E events will be one day show in order not to disrupt the natural flow of the urban centers.
Andretti Autosport will be one of the 10 inaugural teams.
“It’s an honor for Andretti Autosport to have been selected as one of the 10 founding Formula E teams for the inaugural season,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world.
FOX Sports announced in August that it will carry the Formula-E Championship global tour.