For the first-ever Formula One racing circuit featuring nothing but electric-powered cars, "When in Rome" has taken on a whole new meaning. The Italian capital will be the first in Europe to host an FIA Formula E series race, the UK's Telegraph reports.

With Italy's long history in motorsports as a backdrop, Formula E Holdings is organizing the 10 races that are scheduled for the first year and will put on the race in Rome in 2014. On-the-street demonstrations will start next year.

Formula E Holdings' has generated some momentum in this, the first-ever all-electric circuit. In August, Formula E signed up Rio de Janeiro as the first host of its 2014 races. And last month, Formula E said it will bring in McLaren Electronic Systems to design and produce the cars' powertrains. The cars will be an advanced version of the Formulec EF01 electric-racing prototype unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. That car used two Siemens motors to propel it from 0-60 mph in three seconds and reach a 155-mile-per-hour top speed. Teaser videos available below.





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      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      It prove that batteries are not ready yet cuz they say they will begin in 2014, LOL. Since that time they will say in 2014 that they got new improved batteries that will be ready in 2016 and we will see them in 2017 saying that they are now bankrupt. On the long run everybody will forget batteries for racing and will realized out of brainwash agony that they cannot do a race that can last more then 8 laps and that no spectators will wait for the racing cars to recharge in 30 minutes. I said many time to do racing with hydrogen fuelcell for 85 laps without refueling.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      It must be faster. Ian Wright's daily driver can basically match it. Just not good enough
      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm looking to see more specs on the cars now. I'm glad they're keeping the marketing drum going...but we're geeks and like to see what it will do.
      marco loglio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tony, there are dozen of articles in internet about this world record. You can just type my name in google... About the energy density of the Panasonic cell Dave is correct. But i am speaking of the energy density of the pack, not of the cells. The battery pack of the Tesla S is accreditated od 125 wh/kg. You can find several report in internet about it. Quite strange that in US nobody talk or write anything about this new world record that has been witnessed by over 40 international mass media operators..
      marco loglio
      • 2 Years Ago
      and for the battery one of the mayor contender will be Vantage Power Global ltd, HK, the company that recently set the world record for EV range with more then 800 km with a charge. The energy density of the VPG cells is over 274 wh/kg and the battery pack stand with an energy density double of tesla S and triple of Nissan Leaf. The organizer commitee of FEH has already received The VPG cells specification
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marco loglio
        The Panasonic cells that Tesla is using for the model S are 252 Wh/kg. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/12/panasonic-20091225.html
          marco loglio
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          Hi Dave , the energy density of the cells is different from the energy density of the pack. In the pack weight is included the cooling system, the BMS, the structure of the holding of the cells and the weight of the battery box. My battery box is completely different fromt he one of Tesla and most of the saving of weight is just because i don't need almost anything to add to the weight of the cells to make them work perfectly...
        Tony Kalniev
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marco loglio
        HI, Seriously Marco? I have heard about their Audi before until it burned down. I sure hope you are right. Can you give us a link to this information please? Thank you, Tony
          marco loglio
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tony Kalniev
          Tony, i cannot send information on this new technology just in a comment of an article. This technology has been developped in many years of reserch with huge investment and time for research. I just can remember to you that already iin the year 1993 i did a record for the range of regular homologated EV ( a Torpedo Ligier ) with over 508 km with one charge. It's no matter of hope but of large investment and financial suport.
      Reggie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scalectrix goes full size, with a quick pitstop for battery & tyre changes. Sounds like real fun bring it on.
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