Formula E, the new zero-emissions racing series, for which McLaren will be supplying the electric drivetrains, has just announced the purchase of 42 EV racecars, from the company which makes them, Spark Racing Technology. The series is set to start in 2014, and feature as many as 10 ‘urban races’, for which they have reportedly already received invitations from cities willing to host the event.
It is an ‘open’ championship, and looking to attract manufacturers to build a Formula E car, which will comply with the soon-to-be-published FIA regulations of the newly-created series. According to Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings (FEH): "We are very pleased with the announcement made by Spark Racing Technology and McLaren. The high caliber of the respective manufacturers, SRT and McLaren Electronic Systems, has great relevance for our Championship and also shows their commitment to innovation, excellence and technology.
He went on to add: "We, as the promoter, are focusing our efforts to ensure racing venues will demonstrate the potential of electric Formula cars to spectators. Formula E wants to show that electric cars are fast, reliable and safe. Our mission is to establish electric cars as a real option for people's daily lives, one that will make our cities cleaner and more liveable.
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