Formula E: the future of motor racing?

The future of motor racing was put on display at the Geneva Motor Show on Wednesday (March 8), as leading figures in the worlds of Formula E and endurance racing showed off the new cars.

A number of cards from the electric Formula E series were on display, including Alain Prost’s Renault E Dams car.

Prost, a four-time Formula One world champion, says that Formula E is growing and will be welcoming more constructors to the up-and-coming sport in the coming years.

“It’s growing all the time, year after year, it’s really a new discipline,” said Prost, who is now the manager of the Renault team.

“Only the third year and the exposure we have worldwide is very interesting, people are very curious about it. We still have a lot of things to improve. We have all the constructors coming, in two years time we have a minimum two or three new constructors and maybe also new regulations, maybe only one car instead of two per driver, new technologies… So it’s going to be quite interesting to see where it’s going, but for sure it’s growing.”

Prost’s son Nicolas is a driver on the Renault team.

“The racing is great, racing in the middle of city centers is fantastic, and the cars look really cool so Formula E’s development has been beyond what we thought it was going to be,” said the 35-year-old.

Formula E is currently midway through it’s third season with reigning champion Sebastien Buemi of Renault E Dams winning all three races so far.

Other famous names in the motor racing world are also set to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Swiss team Rebellion Racing, winners of the LMP1 Privateer Drivers’ Trophy three year’s running, are set to enter and challenge for the World Endurance Drivers’ championships in 2017.

They unveiled their car in Geneva.

“I would say LMP2 is traditional racing, pushing really hard, you need to be quick, you need to be aggressive. Everything people have been used to from racing in the last century.

“Formula E is a whole different aspect. Of course you need to be fast as well but in the race we’re all about trying to save energy, to try and consume the least energy possible, trying to be efficient but at the same time being fast,” said Nelson Piquet Jr., who will drive for Rebellion Racing’s LMP-2 team. The Brazilian also races for NextEV in Formula E.

The next round of the Formula E series takes place in Mexico City on April 1, while the World Endurance Championship starts at Silverstone later in April.

(Reuters)

 
 
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