History

The Formula E story

Welcome to the story of Formula E - from concept to fastest growing sport on the planet.

They say all good ideas start on the back of a napkin. The first laptop, the original Mini and, as of the evening of March 3, 2011, the idea for an all-electric street racing series all started out as nothing more than scribbles on a napkin.

Written in just a few words in a restaurant in Paris were the beginnings of what would become the world's first all-electric international single-seater championship. The beginnings of Formula E. Authored by FIA President Jean Todt and Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag, together the two developed the series as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility to help create a better, cleaner world.

a first generation Formula E electric racing car on a track in China
Jaime Alguersuari drives past the Beijing National Stadium during the very first Formula E race in 2014. 

Since making its global debut in the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing in 2014, Formula E has grown into a global entertainment brand with motorsport at its heart. Now, with 11 teams and 22 drivers on the grid, the Championship has become a destination for the world's best motorsport teams and talent. With a total of nine manufacturers on board - the likes of Jaguar, Nissan, BMW, Audi, DS and Mahindra - Formula E serves as a competitive platform for global car manufacturers and mobility providers to test and develop road-relevant technologies. By racing on the streets, the series acts as a catalyst, helping to refine the design of electric vehicles and improve the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world. Now, building on five seasons of all-electric city street racing, the Championship boasts one of the best sporting calendars in the world, with 13 races in 12 of the world's most progressive cities covering five continents.

a Formula E electric racing car in Rome
 Formula E makes its way into Rome ahead of the inaugural Rome E-Prix in 2018.

Marking a new era of Formula E, the 2018/19 season sees the radical Gen2 car make its debut on the city streets for the very first time. With double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car, the Gen2 racers can go the whole race distance, making mid-race car swaps a thing of the past but also demonstrating the progress made in all-electric mobility With 250kW of power, the Gen2 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.8-seconds and go on to a top speed of 280km/h. Greater speeds and increased power means more action on track and, with just one car per driver, there's everything to lose.

a second generation Formula E electric racing car in the Channel Tunnel
The radical new Gen2 marks a new era for the Championship as it embarks on its fifth season in 2018/19.  

Welcome to a brand new era of the closest, most intense racing series on the planet, where the future of mobility and close combat wheel-to-wheel racing takes place on your city streets. 

We are The Fiercely Driven. We are Formula E.

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