Cities are being re-imagined to better tackle the big challenges they face including housing, transport, security and energy.
Motor sport’s world governing body the FIA (Formula 1) have spawned a new green-energy racing championship for cities, called Formula E. The new race is coming to London with multi-cultural Wembley specified as an ideal destination to host the UK’s first electric car competition.
Transforming the area surrounding Wembley Stadium into a circuit for the world-class zero-emission electric cars to race around, it will also be fitting to host Formula E in Wembley because situated there is the UK’s greenest building.
There are 10 teams involved including some celebrity power in the form of Monaco’s Venturi Grand Prix, a joint venture with US actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The UK has 2 teams involved including Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Racing team. Germany’s Audi Sport ABT are another world-class team participating from Europe, Asia has teams from China, Japan and India’s Mahindra Racing team.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Zero emission world-class motor racing is a scintillating concept and I am hugely keen that London be involved in the birth of Formula E. It has the potential to highlight the impressive strides being made in the manufacture of electric vehicles and hosting a street race could also be of considerable economic benefit to our city.”
Host cities and schedule:
Beijing, China – 13 September 2014
Putrajaya, Malaysia – 18 October 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 15 November 2014
Punta Del Este, Uruguay – 13 December 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina – 10 January 2015
Los Angeles, USA – 14 February 2015
Miami, USA – 14 March 2015
Monte Carlo, Monaco – 9 May 2015
Berlin, Germany – 30 May 2015
London, United Kingdom – 27 June 2015
I’m personally excited about the Formula E, it will no doubt attract a new breed of fans who support advancement of environmentally friendly mobility and green-energy.
Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability.