A Week In #FormulaE

It’s been another busy week in the world of Formula E. Here’s a summary of what’s new!

Could Valencia host an ePrix?

A Singapore based multinational is toying with the idea bringing Formula E to Valencia.

ARC Resorts has expressed a desire to open a golf resort and a six star hotel to support its plans of creating the ‘best urban resort in Europe’. Part of this project would involve a bi-annual Formula E race that alternates with Formula 1.

Other than the action-packed 2012 race, Formula 1 races at Valencia were, with overtaking nearly impossible and the track causing severe field spread throughout the grid. Could Formula E provide an exciting race there?

Spark to bring updated brakes and suspension to Formula E

Spark Racing Technologies have revealed plans for upgrades to the braking and suspension to be used in the 2015/2016 Formula E season.

Following a series of suspension failures, most notably at the Buenos Aires ePrix, Spark were forced into bringing suspension upgrades to the Miami ePrix, which so far seemed to have worked well. Following feedback for Formula E drivers, Spark Technical Direction Théophile Gouzin, confirmed that further upgrades were planned for 2016.

We are constantly improved the car’s mechanical components in order to meet ctreet circuit requirements’, said Gouzin.

The comments follow on from a three day test at the Mayny-Cours earlier this month, where several different systems and parts were tested in an attempt to manage disc temperature and other components.

Formula E at Indianapolis?

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, we might just see Formula E compete at the legendary American Motor Speedway.

The series has so far stuck to racing on temporary street courses to promote the use of electric cars in city environments. Whilst a race at a purpose built track goes against the vision of Formula, Indianapolis Speed Presdient Doug Boles has confirmed that ‘introductory conversations’ have taken place.

The series is in its infancy, but it’s absolutely worth paying attention to. We want to understand what this is about and what their business model is’.

Could it happen? Whilst it looks unlikely, America remains a key market for electric vehicles and the success of the Long Beach and Miami rounds will certainly interest circuit owners in the states.

Written by: Anil Parmar

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