FIA president Jean Todt is credited as being the visionary behind the new Michelin-shod electric vehicle racing championship that will spark into life in Beijing this coming Saturday. Ahead of the launch of Formula E, he has spoken about the philosophy behind the series and his hopes for the future…
Blackcircles.com has signed a headline sponsorship deal with ITV for the broadcaster’s coverage of Formula E series of races which begin on 13 September in Beijing, China. With the final race on the streets of London on 27 June 2015, other city locations on the calendar include Beunos Aires, Miami, Monte Carlo and Berlin. ITV will be broadcasting live and highlight shows on ITV4, ITV4HD and ITV4+1, with catch up also available on ITV Player, itv.com and ITV Player Mobile app across online and mobile devices.
A month from now, 40 electric racing cars will line up on the grid at the inaugural Formula E Championship race in Beijing. Each of the tyres that take to the track on 13 September will be fitted with identical tyres that were specifically developed for the competition. In a Michelin-hosted Q&A session, the company’s motorsport director Pascal Couasnon explains that the decision that all cars should run on Pilot Sport EV tyres was not simply a strategic option in technology terms; he says it was also an obvious choice.
Michelin says it is working on a ‘communicating’ tyre for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E car that will be used by all teams during the first year of the new FIA Formula E Championship. The announcement was made during a demonstration run by the electric single-seat race car at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA.
In March 2013, Michelin was confirmed as tyre supplier for the first two seasons of the new FIA Formula E Championship. Race fans attending the IAA show in Frankfurt this week have been amongst the first to see this new tyre up close; the unnamed, new generation 18-inch tyre was displayed fitted to the Spark-Renault SRT_01 car that will be used by all teams during the first year of this city-centre electric racing championship.
McLaren Electronic Systems Limited has announced that it will provide the electric engine, transmission and electronics for cars that will participate in the FIA’s exciting new Formula E race series.
McLaren will be a key partner of Spark Racing Technology, which is led by Frédéric Vasseur and is dedicated to the creation and assembly of the electric cars participating in the FIA World Championship Formula E.