Malaysia on calendar of new Formula E Championship

Malaysia will be among the countries which will have a round of the new FIA Formula E championship which will begin in 2014. Formula E is a brand new series which, like Formula 1, uses singler-seater racing cars. However, the big difference is that the cars used can only run on electrical energy, not petrol and not diesel or other fossil fuels.

“Formula E will be a milestone for the future of motorsports, driven by the FIA. It follows the global megatrends of our world like sustainability, the growth of the megacities and the digital world of connectivity,” said Professor Burkhard Goeschel, President of the FIA Electric and New Energies Championships Commission.

“This spectacular series will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share the FIA values and objectives of clean energy, mobility and sustainability with a wider and younger audience as well,” added Jean Todt, President of the FIA.

A promoter, Formula E Holdings, has been established to organise and run the event and this company is a consortium of international investors which has been granted a licence to the commercial rights by the FIA.

Formula E has proposed an inaugural calendar consisting of 10 rounds which will be run from September 2014 to June 2015. The calendar has not been confirmed by the FIA which will only announce its decision at the end of the year.

However, it is known that venues in 8 countries have been selected with China and the USA having two rounds in separate cities. Malaysia is also on the list for the second round and it is proposed that the event will be run in Putrajaya.

For the inaugural championship, there will be 10 teams with 2 drivers each so the starting grid should have 20 cars. As with the development of electric cars for road use, it would take some time for interested parties to develop the new racing cars for Formula E so a consortium known as Spark Racing Technology to develop and produce a racing car that will be used by all the teams.

[Chips Yap]