Following a press conference near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate on Thursday, the prototype electric Formula 1-style race car thundered through Berlin's traffic. Accomplished Brazilian formula driver Lucas Di Grassi piloted the electric race car through the busy streets.
Formula E head Alejandro Agag announced the electric racing championship's intention to hold its first race on the grounds of Tempelhof Field, a former Berlin airport converted into a public park.
The new electric car will be able to reach speed of 100 km/h (60mph) in just 3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).
Agag said the championship expects to draw professional drivers from other competitions, including from F1, Indy Car, NASCAR, and DTM. He plans 20 drivers and 40 cars for every race. Each driver will change cars in a strategic pit stop.
There will be ten teams, each from diverse locations. Two teams are confirmed, a team from the UK and a team from China, while Agag expects to announce teams from Japan, India, the US, and additional teams from Europe in the coming weeks.
European companies dominate the consortium responsible for manufacturing the concept. Led by Spark Racing Technologies, the consortium will also be composed by MacLaren, Williams Formula 1, Renault Formula 1, and Dallara.
Formula E is planning to construct a world class race track and 25,000 to 35,000 grandstand seats at Tempelhof Park for its first championship in 2014.
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