Formula E, the open-wheel EV racing series has finalized the calendar for its inaugural season. Set to kick of in 2014, the races looks like to have been distributed quite evenly across the globe.

Two American races (LA and Miami) along with a pair of South American races in Rio and Buenos Aires round out the contests in the New World. London, Berlin and Rome make up the European leg of the championship, while Beijing, Bangkok and Putrajaya cover Asia.

This news follows a report from Autoweek that Formula E is courting some of the top Formula One teams. According to AW, series organizer Alejandro Agag is already in talks with McLaren, and is of the opinion that one day the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull will take part in the emissions free series.

Despite the current lack of big names, the parts of the Formula E cars look promising. Batteries from Williams are mated to electric motors from McLaren, while Dallara provides the chassis. Like F1, there's only one tire supplier, although we're happy to announce it's Michelin rather than Pirelli. Series test driver Lucas di Grassi showed us just what the FE cars can do with an in-car video a few months ago.

As for drivers, we don't see Sebastien Vettel leaving his gas-powered racer soon. Formula E could see an influx of retired F1 drivers and GP2 veterans, although Agag told Autoweek "I can't say any names yet." The series will kickoff in 2014, in the Italian capital of Rome.


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      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was thinking about this the other day. Decades ago race tech was a proving ground for what would become consumer tech - why is there 1 battery supplier? Why 1 engine su
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        Rant continued: Why one engine supplier? They want to make it fair and give it a low barrier for entry but I want to see this be a weapons grade spending war on battery technology for the future like F1 used to be for gasoline engines.
      John Johnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      What will it sound like?
        DRAGON
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Johnson
        ZzzzzzzzZZZZzzzzzz...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DRAGON
          [blocked]
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DRAGON
          Is that the sound of the car or the sound of everyone snoring? Cuz it could go either way...
        d.hollywood
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Johnson
        Will be interesting to hear what the "audio profile" will sound like. Hope they put some thought into it. It's important.
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm likely to watch this out of sheer curiousity. I think it "has legs". What will be fun to see...is if it does "get traction" and become popular. Maybe it grants an entry in to the sport for people & teams otherwise priced out of F-1? Maybe it breeds a new set of heros? Maybe F-1 writes a fat hasty check as a defensive measure?
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla should get involved with this at some point. A car with a Tesla drivetrain might be able to go more than 15 minutes.
        8LiterHemiV8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        I agree with the tesla part, don't agree with the range part. Anyway to give thumbs up and down Autoblog?
      TheSTIG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to start a 'Formula X' series. It would have no rules and be catered towards manufacturers more than drivers in that there are no budgets, no rules in terms of engines, drivetrain, active aero, side skirts, turbos, tires, weight, materials used etc. Use F1 tracks, f1 laps/distances, no body contact, but other than that....i would love to see what innovations teams would make to try to make the ultimate track weapon.
        John Johnson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TheSTIG
        The unfortunate part is that a lot of the bans currently in F1 are to slow the cars down for "driver safety". One of the theories behind Senna's crash was a sudden failure of a side skirt causing a tremendous unexpected loss of downforce. Active aero was banned because it made the cars too fast and was susceptible to breaking and throwing bits around the track. Anything the car REALLY relies on to be significantly fast has to be highly regulated - and that's a bummer :(. I'm with you that it would be the TRUE pinnacle of motorsports.
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TheSTIG
        This is what the EV series should be. No rules except what's necessary to keep the drivers safe. Bring back the 6 wheelers and the fan-cars.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should make for an exciting 5 minutes of racing.
        Nathan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nathan
        I wasn't far off: "The Race: Early morning: free practice session, followed by qualifying Late morning: qualifying 1 lap time each driver with both cars A and B Afternoon: a 2-hour break to recharge the cars Evening: Final race with 3 stints and 2 pit stops Pit stop will involve a change of car: when the battery runs out, the driver will make a pit stop, then will run 100 metres to climb into a recharged car Races are planned to be 45 minutes in length." lol so each driver uses 3 different cars during the race? This is their great green initiative? Surely this would have been the perfect arena for improvements in battery swapping technology. Tesla can swap out a battery in less than a minute but multi-million dollar racing teams just use multiple cars? What a joke.
        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nathan
        I'm not seeing where you're getting 3 cars? It sounds like 2. Of course, 2 is really silly anyway. Why the hell they wouldn't just do battery swap, I have no idea. They could hire a couple of big guys to run to both sides of the car and throw in 4 * 25lbs of batteries each and get some decent time out of that. Not much worse than the 10 seconds or so it takes to feel up an Indy car with fuel in their current pit stops.
          alee1111111
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave D
          They cannot do a battery swap due to the safety requirements for protecting for the battery. They have to have a level of protection similar to that of the fuel tank in F1, which means it is not possible to be able to swap the battery.
          Dave D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave D
          Sigh...fill up, not feel up...an Indy car. LOL Please, give us an edit button you lazy bastards.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      that is amazing. but untill top manufactures like mercedes, bmw, or ferrari gets involved, it wont be worth it. and the lack of the sound of the formula one engine is a issue for me
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      The visceral sound quality of any type of auto racing is always one of its big attractions. Watching this will be like watching a race on TV with on 'mute'. Nope...
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, what a bunch of negative nellies! I reckon circuits in the heart of major cities driving around roads that the spectators are familiar with will be a great draw. This is only possible due to the zero pollution at point of use nature of electric cars. Is it the same as F1? Of course not, but it has its own attractions.
      stergis3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have been a F1 fan since I watched Graham Hill race at the Glenn in the sixties..But that was then. As I watch the thermometer climb here in the east , I reckon it is time to move on.. Advanced e vehicles , zero carbon and ,yes , zero Bernie. Time to move on.
        Nathan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stergis3
        a) heat waves are nothing new, there's been thousands throughout history long before the CO2 boogieman started scaring children b) weather and climate are very different things, one hot summer, even a few hot summers, does not a climate make. Please go.
          mustang_sallad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nathan
          No, but having all of the past 12 years on the list of the 14 hottest on record means we should probably be paying attention. Electric motors make really cool sounds. Anybody saying these races won't sound good is simply afraid of new things.
      nassau
      • 1 Year Ago
      A product of Beavis and Buttheaqd?
      • 1 Year Ago
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