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    Motorsports: Virgin Racing signs on for Formula E

    Can't hack it in Formula One? That's all right, because the Formula E championship seems eager to accept the rejects. Of the ten teams that will take part in next year's inaugural season of electric racing, series organizers have now announced nine. And like several others, this latest team ...

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    Official: Twizy Way gets a visit from Caterham F1 driver Charles Pic

    This isn't the first time the name F1 has been twisted with Twizy, but it's the first time that we know of that an F1 driver has gone to check out the all-electric Twizy Way carsharing effort. Charles Pic, who races with the Caterham F1 Team partnered by Renault, went to the "Twizy Way ...

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    Team Lotus extends Formula One engine deal with Renault, will use KERS in 2012

    Team Lotus of Formula One confirmed it will extend its F1 engine deal with Renault through to the end of 2013. The team, headed by entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, announced at the Singapore Grand Prix that it will employ a Red Bull-developed KERS system starting in 2012. Fernandes said the Team ...

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    Renault, Red Bull ready for more racing

    Red Bull Racing and French automaker Renault have confirmed a five-year extension of their successful Formula One partnership. This agreement will see Red Bull run with the current V8 engine and KERS hybrid system for the next two seasons, during which time Red Bull will collaborate with Renault ...

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    Video: FondTech unveils Formula E electric E-11

    On Thursday, Italian aerodynamic consultancy firm FondTech revealed its electric, single-seat Formula E racer, the E-11. The car is the brainchild of ex-Ferrari Formula One team aerodynamicist Jean-Claude Migeot. FondTech says its battery-powered E-11 can match the performance of today's Formula ...

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    FIA outlines 2013 Formula E electric racing series, calls for competitors

    On April 5th, Jean Todt, president of the FIA, expressed his interest in an electrified Formula One racing series. Some months have passed since then, so here we present a rundown of updates on this ongoing project: The FIA is currently calling for expression of interest from automakers and ...

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    Report: F1 back-tracking on electric propulsion in pit lanes

    Formula One racing certainly holds an electrifying level of excitement for the legions of fans around the world, but don't go counting on that translating to electric propulsion just yet. We recently reported on the FIA's new technical regulations for 2014 and beyond, which, in addition to ...

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    Renault concerned about silent electric F1 cars in the pit lane

    Of all the teams and manufacturers in F1, typically Renault has been the most supportive of the FIA's push for more environmentally-friendly means of propulsion. The French manufacturer – which has, in the "civilian" market, often been at the forefront of the electric car scene – was ...

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    Official: Official: FIA mandates electric-only propulsion for F1 grand prix pit lanes

    Go back into the history of grand prix racing, and the only green you'd expect to see was the color of a British racing car and the vast quantity of cash injected into the sport. But today, Formula One is a different scene, thanks in no small part to a push by the FIA for a more environmentally ...

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    Report: Red Bull Racing to tap Nissan's battery tech experts

    Battery tech experts over at Nissan will be tapped to boost the performance of vehicles fielded by the world champion F1 Red Bull Racing team, according to What Car? Having recently signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Infiniti, Red Bull is now seeking a collaborative agreement on ...

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    Mitsubishi "very interested" in electric F1 racing league

    In early April, Jean Todt, president of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), made it known that he hopes to launch a couple of racing events (electric car, go-kart and single-seat vehicles) that will eventually lead to an electrified Formula One series. Though Todt's plans will ...

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    Saft supplying five Formula 1 KERS cars with VL li-ion batteries [w/video]

    Saft has revealed that it will supply its "state-of-the-art" batteries based on its VL lithium-ion cells to five of the 12 Formula 1 (F1) teams competing this season, including Ferrari and Lotus Renault GP. The batteries are a vital part of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that is being ...

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    Report: FIA president Jean Todt interested in new electric F1 series

    Are you prepared for Formula One, Electric Boogaloo? Jean Todt, President of the FIA, apparently is, and he hopes to introduce a few new racing series that will provide a platform for an electrified Formula One racing series. Before we get to see a fully-fledged electric F1 league, The Telegraph ...

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    Formula One teams want to cut emissions and fuel consumption

    The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) wants to cut cut its total carbon emissions by 15 percent within three years and double the efficiency of its race engines within five years. FOTA commissioned an analysis by Trucost to determine its total life-cycle emissions from all operations. As it ...

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    F1 teams consider bringing back KERS for 2011

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    A great debate is currently taking place between Formula One teams as to whether they should reinstate the use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for next year. The proposal is being considered by the team principals ...

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    Greenlings: Can racing really be green?

    Humans are competitive creatures who have raced against each other in one form or another for millennia. The practice that likely evolved from hunting and the struggle to survive has adapted to advances in technology over time, moving from foot races to eventually involve vehicles such as ...

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    FIA President Jean Todt to push forward with the greening of F1

    Says Jean Todt, newly-appointed president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), "I am convinced that we absolutely must reflect the environment with new technologies." With that statement, it would appear that at least some of the direction of former FIA president ...

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    BMW quits F1 to focus on alternative drivetrains and sustainability

    The costs of competing in Formula One and trying to develop alternative power trains for its future production vehicles are proving to be too much for BMW. The German automaker has announced its intention to follow Honda and quit Formula One at the end of the current season. BMW has never said ...

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    BMW gives up on KERS for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season

    After using its KERS hybrid system on and off through the first half of the 2009 Formula One season, the BMW-Sauber team has decided enough is enough. The team will shelve the system through the remainder of the year while it focuses on aerodynamic development. In spite of the utter lack of success ...

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    What is regenerative braking?

    Ah, fire. One of humanity's oldest ways to generate energy. Technically, you could generate energy by burning brake pads, as seen in the picture above (thanks, Flickr!), but automotive engineers have managed to come up with a way to use brakes to generate energy without going up in flames. The ...


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