The first-ever Formula E electric car race ended in Beijing with a exhilarating smash as motorists competed for a place in automotive history.
Formula 1 test driver Lucas Di Grassi acquiring the winner’s position in the debut series of this all new kind of Formula racing rippled a wave of enthusiasm among the audience. The new Formula-E cars resemble the design of old F-1 models. Twenty well trained stepped into their vehicles to showcase this brand new style of racing.
This menacing race proved to be a bolt from the blue in the final turn when Nico Prost, son of F-1 legend Alain Prost attempted to block former F-1 driver Nick Heidfeld forcing his way to the side barriers which ultimately resulted into a whacking collision. Luckily, Heidfeld walked away unscarred and vanished the dubiousness from people’s brain about the safety of the new Formula E cars.
The new cars will be managed by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile(FIA), the same body governing the F-1 racing.FIA remains adamant and states that their purpose is to promote and expand the global use of electric vehicles.
The formula E website states: “the series represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for R&D around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability.”
As the race begins, the high-pitched whine is evident, as is the speed of the cars. Yet there are quirks, like the batteries can only last half the race so all the drivers have two cars and swap midway through the race — which lasts only one hour.
Jaime Alguersuari, a veteran of the Formula One racing circuit quoted:
It’s really easy to make an electric single-seater go really fast. The challenge is to have more energy density in the battery, The more energy in the battery, the faster you can go.
What loured the people was the missing roar of the combustion engines.FIA’s focus still remains on making new fans for this derived sport and accomplish their purpose.