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MOTORSPORT: Alice Powell's views
12:00pm Wednesday 5th February 2014 in Sport
Formula 1 testing began this week, but there’s an exciting new series due to start this year which I hope to raise funds to compete in.
It’s called Formula E and will see cars running on electric energy.
It has the backing from the FIA and many stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s team, who will be running two cars.
The teams will have to manufacture and build their own cars, subject to the rules and regulations set out by the FIA.
The championship will go from September 2014 to June 2015.
It will run on street tracks, racing in ten famous cities around the world, including Los Angeles and London.
What makes it even more exciting is the race will be an hour long and the drivers have to make two mandatory pit stops to change cars. They have to stop again to replace tyres.
It will be run with a Spark-Renault SRT-01E engine and is the first electric car to be approved by the FIA.
McLaren Electronics Systems and Williams Advanced Engineering provide the electrics and batteries respectively.
The power will be 200kw – the equivalent of 270bhp – with the cars tipped to go from 0-62mph in three seconds.
It will be interesting how the series goes.
To race in Formula E is something that I would love to do this year.