Formula E – disruptive motor sport

The CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, recently gave a highly inspirational and informative talk to undergraduates at the Department of Engineering Science titled: “Formula E – disruptive motor sport”. Students gained a unique insight into season two of the world’s first electric racing series and the technology it employs.

Alejandro Agag, CEO Formula E

Formula E is a groundbreaking FIA single-seater championship and the world's first fully-electric racing series. Racing around the heart of iconic global cities including London, Paris, Beijing and Moscow, the exciting series is designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans. 

The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry. It also serves as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle and sustainable innovation, while accelerating general interest in electric vehicles and promoting clean energy and sustainability.

Launched as a mere concept in 2012, Formula E has grown into a fully-fledged championship in just two years. The series has drawn some of the world’s biggest names in racing and engineering to the project including Williams and McLaren.

Alejandro Agag said: ‘After a successful first season that culminated with two races in London’s Battersea Alejandro Agag and Professor Malcolm McCullochPark, the championship kicked off the second series having opened up the regulations to inspire electric powertrain development. Seven new manufacturers have thrown their hat into the ring – including Renault and DS. In autumn 2016, Jaguar will return to motorsport as a manufacturer with its own team in the third season of the Formula E Championship’.

In keeping with its link to the future of electric cars, at the end of last year Formula E and Kinetic announced they would create the world’s first electric driverless race known as ‘ROBORACE’.

Professor Malcolm McCulloch, who founded and leads the Department of Engineering Science Energy and Power Group, said: ‘It was an inspirational talk that demonstrated that it is possible to think the unthinkable and that through persistence people can deliver tomorrow’s technology today’.

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