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Volume 10 No. 22
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Motorsports Goes Green With Formula E

Governing body FIA wants to put "a green stamp" on motorsports by organizing the first race of electric powered Formula E cars in the fall of '12, according to Oliver Karthaus of DAILYGREEN. At the moment, FIA plans only one race in the fall of '12. However, more races are supposed to follow in '13. The following year Formula E will have its first championship. In comparison to regular F1 racing, Formula E will not have a laps limit, but rather a time limit of 15 to 20 minutes. The winner will be determined through a knock-out system. After each lap one car will be eliminated, which is "suppose to increase the excitement." FIA has almost no restrictions for the participating cars, simply a weight limit of 780 kilograms including driver. FIA provides teams with those liberties in order "to advance the technology of electric cars" (DAILYGREEN, 7/2).