Formule 1 met elektrische auto’s - gaat dat werken?

epa04010720 Formula E's new fully-electric race car, the Spark-Renault SRT-01E driven by Brazilian Formula One pilot Lucas Di Grassi, made it first public demonstration at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center at the 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 06 January 2014. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show which runs from 7-10 January and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. Capable of speeds in excess of 150mph, the zero emissions single-seater will compete in the new FIA Formula E Championship - the world's first fully-electric racing series beginning in September. EPA/MICHAEL NELSON Foto ANP

Een Formule 1-competitie, maar dan met alleen elektrische race-auto’s. Gaat dat ooit aanslaan? De FIA, organisator van de F1-races, heeft er alle vertrouwen in.

After the latest preparatory races in mid-August on England’s Donington Park circuit, all eyes are now on the first world championship of electric cars, to be held Sept. 13 in Beijing. Get used to the name: it’s called Formula E.

“Even if it will probably never overtake Formula One, Formula E should be considered the automobile competition of the future,” says French racer and former F1 champion Alain Prost.

Formula E is the first championship organized by the International Federation of Automobile (FIA) for vehicles powered by electric engines. The competition was first conceived of in 2011 when the president of FIA, Frenchman and former Peugeot and Ferrari manager Jean Todt, felt it was high time they created an environmentally friendly competition.

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    • Philippe Bertrand