for­mu­las for suc­cess

F1 and FE square off on the grid and the at­mos­phere’s elec­tric…

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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

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