The key area where a start-up series is outdoing F1
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The key area where a start-up series is outdoing F1

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While there are those – including several major car manufacturers – who think Formula E has had its day, FE founder Alejandro Agag is continuing to innovate with the new Extreme E series. MARK GALLAGHER sees one element in which it has Formula 1 beaten

You have to hand it to Alejandro Agag. When it comes to launching topical, eye-catching new motorsport series he’s good at reading the room. He launched Formula E in 2014, back when electric cars were still a novelty, successfully capturing both the imagination and investment of car manufacturers.

Never mind that BMW has decided to exit the series, tersely stating that when it comes to battery electric vehicle technology the Munich manufacturer ‘has essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology transfer.’ Nor that Audi has followed suit, shifting its focus to the Dakar Rally where it will run an entry featuring an all-electric drivetrain, its battery pack charged by a TFSI engine acting as a generator.

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