One year from now, an all-electric single-seater series is scheduled to become reality. You may be excited by this fact, or abhorred by the very prospect of it, but one thing is for sure: you will have an opinion one way or another.
Electrically-motivated racing cars are becoming increasingly prevalent. From KERS in Formula 1 to hybrid power units in sportscars, Formula E is the next logical stop. Its 10-race, city-centre-based schedule for 2014 will pitch identical open-wheel cars and, as you will hear from series chief Alejandro Agag in this week's magazine, there is plenty to be intrigued by.
Races will be of one hour's duration, with drivers making two mandatory pitstops in order to change cars. Cars will be run in power-saving mode (133kW) but will have access, via a push-to-pass boost system, to a maximum 200kW output. The full 200kW will be available throughout practice and qualifying.