By Alan Baldwin
LONDON – A brand new electric street car-based series announced plans on Wednesday to launch in 2022 with races in cities all over the world.
Formula E has pioneered city-based electric single-seater racing however Rob Armstrong, managing director of SuperCharge, mentioned “the need for road car-based electric motorsport is becoming more and more compelling.”
Sean Wadsworth, chairman and main backer of the all-female W series, is a SuperCharge board member and investor within the venture.
The plans outlined in a video convention envisaged a complete of eight occasions in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.
Eight groups will compete utilizing 16 cars powered by a battery producing 500kW and able to reaching 100km/h in 2.5 seconds, organisers mentioned.
The circuits will likely be ultra-short, round one km in size, and the races lasting round six laps with options together with a water gantry and a pair of.5m excessive leap. Each one and a half day occasion will characteristic 15 races.
“Motorsports is really at a crossroads,” mentioned Armstrong, a former international head of motorsport at WME IMG, now Endeavour, with expertise in rallycross and speedway.
“We’ve seen the most unbelievable transition happening in the automotive industry, from combustion to electric, and now we’re seeing that start to happen in the motorsports industry.
“We see a very clear place for a street car-based race series that basically captures the general public creativeness.”
Armstrong said the aim was to showcase compact SUVs and crossovers.
Max Welti, a former Swiss racing driver and motorsport consultant to leading manufacturers, is a co-founder while German automotive engineering company Holzer is involved.
Organisers said they planned to apply to the governing FIA for recognition as an approved international series.
Other electric series in the pipeline include Extreme E, an off-road environmentally-focused offshoot of Formula E which is due to launch next year with one of the teams owned by F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, and Pure ETCR.
Formula E already has 10 manufacturers on board, including Germany’s big four of Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.