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F1 and FE square off on the grid and the atmosphere’s electric…
A NEW BREED OF FORMULA 1 CAR was unveiled in Melbourne for the new season. It packs a smaller engine and an entirely new design, yet weighs more on the scales. Despite this, it’s faster than last year’s model, because the KERS kinectic nitro button has been replaced with ERS (Energy Recovery Systems), a new 30-second boost fuelled by two motors: one collects energy from the brakes, one converts exhaust heat.
But it’s not just F1 getting an electrical surge this year. The first ever Formula E will kick off in Beijing in September, giving fully electric cars the chance to prove themselves. Each e-car has over 180kW of power, with a Press-to-Pass button increasing that to 200kW, and the ability to hit 100km/h in under three seconds with a deafening 80 decibel roar. Two races, one electric dream: take your pick. formula1.com, fiaformulae.com