FormulaE actions captured on Saturday! Love that sound~
It felt like Monaco or Singapore as 20 gleaming racing cars zipped their way around the streets in sunny Putrajaya on Saturday.
But wait a minute – something’s missing.
Ah, the roar of the engine, that’s what!
Yes, the future of motorsports has arrived.
Putrajaya had the pride of place to be the second stop of the groundbreaking Formula E series.
That’s Formula Electric for the uninitiated. The Formula E Championship is the world’s first all-electric single-seater racing series.
The first race took place in Beijing on Sept 13. It was a wise choice indeed as the pollution level there has become worse in recent years and the organisers wanted to get the message across as to where the future lies.
The lack of engine noise will not appeal to the purists but I think the series, which has the backing of FIA – the governing body for motorsports – will grow into prominence in the years to come.
Formula One has been the testing ground for car building but things have changed over the last decade.
Drivers were competing in turbo-charged engines in the 80s and then 3.0-litre V10s before it was reduced to V8 units.
This year saw the cars racing with a 1.6-litre four-strokes powertrain.
It may take a while before the Formula E cars can match their counterparts in F1 in terms of speed and horsepower.
But I believe it’s only a matter of time before the manufacturers come out with a lighter and more powerful battery that will last the race distance.
The FIA have already given the competing teams the green light to design their own racing cars from next year.
The organisers have also been quick to embrace the young fans through social interaction as a way to drive future initiatives.
Formula E chief executive officer Alejandro Agag said the championship was created with the younger generation in mind.
“Kids nowadays have shorter attention span and want to have their say. We created FanBoost, which is a possibility for fans to vote on social media and online to push for their favourite driver,” he said.
“You can’t score a goal or score a point in tennis but you can push the driver to help overtaking.
“We worked with the local authorities and schools to distribute free tickets around Kuala Lumpur and here because we want young people to be fans of Formula E.
“When these kids grow up and buy a car, that car will be an electric vehicle.”
And motorsports enthusiasts here can see the series evolve as Malaysia will be a host country for the next five years – at least according to Agag.
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