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A CONSORTIUM of international investors, Formula E Holdings Ltd, has gained commercial rights for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s Formula E Championship. Rio de Janeiro is the first city to host a venue in the series’ inaugural year 2014.

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile sanctions much of the world’s motorsports. Its website is

FIA’s Formula E is for single-seat battery electric vehicles; their performance, comparable with that of race cars in today’s FIA Formula 3. Because of inherent battery range limitations, the events will be run in 15-minute heats. And, to play up youth-partying opportunities, city centers are planned as the race settings. (I hear deafening music concerts replacing the usual motorsports din.)

Demonstration runs will begin in 2013. Envisioned in time are 10 teams and 20 drivers competing in the championship.

This fine illustration by Brad Walker suggests the potential fury of FIA Formula E and the party atmosphere accompanying it. Image, from Road & Track, February 2012.

For more details, check out my earlier musings on the subject of EV racing at

Formula E Holdings has serious backing, including London-based entrepreneur Enrique Bañuelos and racing team owner Alejandro Agag. The FEH website is

Also involved is Lord Paul Drayson, managing partner of Drayson Racing Technologies. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with this most articulate spokesman of EV racing. See for his cogent views on this new form of motorsports. ds

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