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Maserati Could Be The Next Automaker To Enter Formula E 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in FCA, Formula E, Maserati, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 10th, 2017


Automakers left and right have been flocking to Formula E, and the next one to join in on the action could be Maserati.

According to Autosport, Maserati is the most likely candidate among the numerous brands under the FCA umbrella, ahead of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, or Dodge. But first the group’s chief executive Sergio Marchionne needs to determine whether the electric racing series represents a worthwhile investment.

The FCA chief has expressed interest in the series, most recently stating that, excluding Ferrari, it would be one of the other automakers over which he presides that would be represented should such a program be give it the green light.

“I haven’t spoken to Mr Marchionne,” series chief Alejandro Agag told Autosport, “but would naturally welcome his group into Formula E whenever the time becomes right for them.”

The Modena-based brand was just recently linked to a potential Formula One entry with the Haas team in the same way Alfa Romeo has with Sauber. But the leading motorsport publication believes a Formula E effort is far more likely to happen.

Maserati would be in good company on the electric grid, as rivals like Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar have all gotten involved. Aston Martin has been tied to a potential entry as well, but with the size of the field already limited, any manufacturer interested in joining would have to partner with one of the existing teams. While most of the current teams have partnered with one automaker or another, neither Techeetah nor Dragon Racing have any such partnership in place at present.

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Nico Rosberg Is Done With Formula 1 But Is Interested In Formula E 5
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, Formula E, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 5th, 2017


Just 12 months after retiring from Formula One, Nico Rosberg says he is thinking about becoming involved with racing again, though not in F1 but in Formula E.

While in Hong Kong over the weekend to attend the 2017-2018 season opener, the 2016 F1 champion confirmed that he is done with racing, but is very intrigued with the booming series.

“I’m open to explore so let’s see what the possibilities are, but I’m definitely interested. I know quite a lot, I have been following it. It has an amazing future, a great future. It is on the right track and Alejandro [Agag] is awesome as well so he is going to do the right stuff.

“No [I don’t miss racing], for me it is really done. I’m totally fulfilled and I am really excited about these new steps that I am doing now,” Rosberg told The Telegraph.

In the past couple of years, Formula E has cemented its position as one of the most important forms of motorsport for carmakers looking to test and develop electrified technologies. The likes of Alain Prost and Allan McNish already work for teams on the grid, and it seems that Rosberg could soon join them.

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Formula E Departure The Latest Sign Of Trouble For Faraday Future 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Faraday Future, Formula E on 11 28th, 2017


Things haven’t been going well for Faraday Future recently. Now the startup automaker has reportedly canceled its involvement in Formula E.

According to Autosport, the company’s partnership with the Dragon Racing team has come to an end, the automaker’s name dropped from the entry for next season.

It’s just the latest sign of trouble for the electric automaker that is increasingly looking like a flash in the pan, destined to die out before actually producing anything. The company surfaced three years ago with lofty ambitions, but recently had to cancel its plans for a new production site in Nevada and watch five of its senior executives walk out the front door.

The reasons for Faraday’s split with Dragon, however, may not be as much about the former’s troubles as the latter’s. The team run by Roger Penske’s media-savvy son Jay left the IndyCar Series for Formula E in 2014 (around the same time that Faraday first appeared on the scene), showing strong in the first couple of seasons with two wins and six additional podiums.

But its performance dropped off drastically last season, yielding a solitary best fifth-place finish to end the season in eighth place – a far cry from the runner-up status it achieved in the championship’s inaugural season.

That could leave Faraday in a position to participate in other ways, including sponsoring races (as it did with the 2016 Long Beach ePrix) or shift its focus to other forms of motorsport (as it has at Pikes Peak). We wouldn’t count on it, though.

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What’s Faster: An Electric Racing Car Or A Cheetah? 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Drag-Racing, Formula E, Motorsport, Offbeat News, racing, video on 11 28th, 2017


Most of the drag races we see on a regular basis take place between two cars. Maybe a car and a motorcycle, or even a car and an aircraft of some sort. But this is something else entirely.

Released by the organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship, the video pits an all-electric single-seat racer against a cheetah. Not the progenitor of the Lamborghini LM002, not some Cobra-killing Corvette, but an actual cheetah. As in, the fast-running big cat.

As the video points out, a cheetah in its prime is capable of accelerating to 62 miles per hour about as fast as a Formula E racer. Not one belonging to Jaguar Racing, which would be apt enough, but to the aptly named Techeetah team for which former F1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne – winner of the last race in Montreal – drove this past season and will again the next.

Now having watched the clip, we have our doubts that the race actually took place as depicted. It’s probably the result of some clever splicing of footage between the wildcat and the racecar. But it’s a fun exercise to watch just the same.

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What’s Faster: An Electric Racing Car Or A Cheetah? 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Drag-Racing, Formula E, Motorsport, Offbeat News, racing, video on 11 28th, 2017


Most of the drag races we see on a regular basis take place between two cars. Maybe a car and a motorcycle, or even a car and an aircraft of some sort. But this is something else entirely.

Released by the organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship, the video pits an all-electric single-seat racer against a cheetah. Not the progenitor of the Lamborghini LM002, not some Cobra-killing Corvette, but an actual cheetah. As in, the fast-running big cat.

As the video points out, a cheetah in its prime is capable of accelerating to 62 miles per hour about as fast as a Formula E racer. Not one belonging to Jaguar Racing, which would be apt enough, but to the aptly named Techeetah team for which former F1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne – winner of the last race in Montreal – drove this past season and will again the next.

Now having watched the clip, we have our doubts that the race actually took place as depicted. It’s probably the result of some clever splicing of footage between the wildcat and the racecar. But it’s a fun exercise to watch just the same.

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DS Virgin Racing Gears Up For Season 4 Of Formula E With New DSV-03 24
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Motorsport, racing on 11 24th, 2017


The fourth season of the FIA Formula E Championship is about to kick off in Hong Kong, with DS Virgin the latest team to unveil its new car for this year’s championship.

Named the DSV-03, the latest machine packs similar specs to all the others on the grid, but is tuned by the PSA Group’s DS Performance division for optimal performance.

The 16-foot-long chassis weighs at least 1,940 pounds (with the driver) and is powered by a single electric motor sending 268 horsepower to the rear wheels through a three-speed gearbox for a run to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under four seconds.

For the 2017/18 championship the team has employed the first all-British driver lineup in the series, pairing Sam Bird with Alex Lynn. Bird has been with the team from the start and former GP3 champion Lynn contested two races last season, impressing with a pole position on his debut.

The team has notably won races in each of the three seasons so far, starting with the second event at Putrajaya in 2014, the anniversary of which it is now celebrating. However, so far it’s placed no better than third in the championship. We’ll be watching to see how it fares this season, which kicks off on December 2 with a double-header before hitting Marrakesh, Santiago, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Rome, Paris, Berlin and Zurich, finishing in July with double-headers in New York and Montreal.

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Formula E Attracts Another F1 Driver In Kamui Kobayashi 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Hong Kong, Motorsport, racing on 11 16th, 2017


Formula E has proven an alluring destination for former F1 drivers, and now one more has joined their ranks. That driver is Kamui Kobayashi – a former GP2 champ, outright winner of the 6 Hours of Fuji in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, and the last Japanese so far to compete in Formula 1.

Despite his accomplishments in other racing disciplines (including a second-place finish at Le Mans with Toyota in 2016), Kobayashi struggled in his four-plus years on the F1 grid, scoring a solitary podium finish for Sauber (in his country’s GP) in 2012.

His latest challenge will see him take the wheel for the MS&AD Andretti team in the forthcoming Hong Kong ePrix at the beginning of next month – but he’ll have to do so without the benefit of any testing beforehand. “[It won’t be] an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support,” said Kobayashi upon the announcement.

Michael Andretti provides a glimpse at one of the possible driving forces behind the decision to put Kobayashi in the cockpit. “To partner one of the largest companies in Japan, MS&AD Insurance, with one of the most popular Japanese racing drivers, will be exciting to see,” said Andretti. “He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step.”

He’ll be the third Japanese driver to compete in the series, following Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto, and join a long list of former F1 drivers to try their hand at the electric racing series.

So far the Formula E championship has only been won, in fact, by past F1 drivers: Nelson Piquet in season 1, Sebastien Buemi in season 2, and Lucas di Grassi in season 3. If Kobayashi proves his worth, he could end up proving the next.

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Formula E Attracts Another F1 Driver In Kamui Kobayashi 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Hong Kong, Motorsport, racing on 11 16th, 2017


Formula E has proven an alluring destination for former F1 drivers, and now one more has joined their ranks. That driver is Kamui Kobayashi – a former GP2 champ, outright winner of the 6 Hours of Fuji in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, and the last Japanese so far to compete in Formula 1.

Despite his accomplishments in other racing disciplines (including a second-place finish at Le Mans with Toyota in 2016), Kobayashi struggled in his four-plus years on the F1 grid, scoring a solitary podium finish for Sauber (in his country’s GP) in 2012.

His latest challenge will see him take the wheel for the MS&AD Andretti team in the forthcoming Hong Kong ePrix at the beginning of next month – but he’ll have to do so without the benefit of any testing beforehand. “[It won’t be] an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support,” said Kobayashi upon the announcement.

Michael Andretti provides a glimpse at one of the possible driving forces behind the decision to put Kobayashi in the cockpit. “To partner one of the largest companies in Japan, MS&AD Insurance, with one of the most popular Japanese racing drivers, will be exciting to see,” said Andretti. “He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step.”

He’ll be the third Japanese driver to compete in the series, following Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto, and join a long list of former F1 drivers to try their hand at the electric racing series.

So far the Formula E championship has only been won, in fact, by past F1 drivers: Nelson Piquet in season 1, Sebastien Buemi in season 2, and Lucas di Grassi in season 3. If Kobayashi proves his worth, he could end up proving the next.

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BMW Brings Tom “Son Of Stig” Blomqvist To Formula E 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, DTM, Formula E, Motorsport, racing on 11 7th, 2017


The FIA Formula E Championship has published its full list of drivers and teams for next season, placing the one piece of the puzzle we were missing until now.

For the forthcoming fourth season of the electric racing series, BMW factory driver Tom Blomqvist will be piloting for the Andretti team backed by the German automaker.

The son of former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, Tom is perhaps best regarded for his efforts in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series, where he’s taken several wins in the BMW M4 DTM. But he also has a wealth of experience in single-seaters, winning numerous Formula 3 races as well as the Formula Renault UK title in 2010.

Blomqvist tested the Andretti car at Valencia last month. No doubt owing in part to BMW’s involvement, he’s been given the seat that belonged these past two seasons to Dutch driver Robin Frijns. Returning to the cockpit of Andretti’s other car is Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa.

The question is whether Blomqvist will continue competing in DTM alongside his Formula E campaign. Autosport points out that DTM has yet to release its schedule for next season, so we don’t know if there’ll be any conflicts between the two – much less which would take priority for the Anglo-Swedish driver.

Here’s the full list of drivers for next season:

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler: Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt
DS Virgin Racing: Sam Bird, Alex Lynn
Jaguar Racing: Nelson Piquet Jr, Mitch Evans
Venturi: Edoardo Mortara, Maro Engel
Dragon: Neel Jani, Jerome d’Ambrosio
Renault e.dams: Nicolas Prost, Sebastien Buemi
NIO: Oliver Turvey, Luca Filippi
Mahindra Racing: Felix Rosenqvist, Nick Heidfeld
Techeetah: Andre Lotterer, Jean-Eric Vergne
Andretti: Tom Blomqvist, Antonio Felix da Costa

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Porsche LMP1 Drivers Top List For Formula E 31
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Le Mans, Motorsport, porsche, racing on 10 31st, 2017


Porsche's racing division is gearing up for a major shift from Le Mans to Formula E. That'll bring with it a lot of changes for the German outfit – and not the least of all for its drivers.
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Nissan To Join Formula E For 2018-19 Season 25
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Formula E, Motorsport, nissan, racing, renault, Reports on 10 25th, 2017


On the back of recent reports, Nissan has confirmed that it will join the FIA Formula E Championship starting in the 2018-19 season.
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Nissan Set To Replace Renault In Formula E 15
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Formula E, Motorsport, nissan, racing, renault, Reports on 10 15th, 2017


Nissan is set to replace Renault in the FIA Formula E Championship following discussions within the automotive partnership.
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Formula E Racer Drives DS E-Tense Concept Through London Shopping Mall 11
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, DS, DS Concepts, DS Videos, Formula E, video on 10 11th, 2017


The DS E-Tense is one of the most remarkable concept cars revealed in the past few years and while there’s little chance of it reaching the production line, DS is continuing to use it for promotional purposes, recently with the help of Formula E driver Sam Bird.
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Aston Martin Could Join Formula E 11
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Formula E, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 10 11th, 2017


Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer says the British automaker could follow other carmakers into the Formula E Championship.
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Audi Reveals New Formula E Racer, The E-Tron FE04 27
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Electric Vehicles, Formula E, Motorsport, Reports on 09 27th, 2017


Audi revealed its first all-electric race car for the Formula E championship, going by the name E-Tron FE04.
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