Formula E’s thrilling debut took place on Saturday September 13th in Beijing. Twenty pilots from ten teams including the Formula E team Amlin Aguri supported by Formtech participated in a 25 lap race on the tight Beijing street circuit. The race featured a mixture of close racing, strategy and tactics on energy management. Formula E, which has been almost three years in development, saw pretty good reliability in the field, with only one early retirement. The race was almost won by Nicolas Prost, in his father Alain’s E-Dams team, when a crash on the final corner of the final lap between Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld allowed Lucas di Grassi to become the first winner of a Formula E race in the history.
Aside from being electric, the brand new series resembles F1 from the look of the cars to being run by the same governing body (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA). What FIA is aiming to accomplish with Formula E differs significantly from the agenda of other major motorsports. The running body confidently states that Formula E’s main objective is rooted in the general promotion of all electric vehicles. In compliance with this, on the Formula E’s website it is announced that the series "represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for R&D around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability." FIA expects the technical side of the series to be focused on electrical engine and battery innovation.
The Formula E next round takes place in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Saturday 22nd November 2014. The series will feature ten rounds in total, ending in London in June 2015.