China Racing is now the second team officially to be proposed to the FIA as one of 10 teams taking part in the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship. (Earlier post.) Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electricity. The announcement was made at FIA headquarters in Paris.
The Chinese team will race in the first season of the Championship in 2014 featuring cars racing on city street circuits. FIA Formula E Team China Racing also aims to be a constructor in its own right and to build their own Chinese electric formula cars within 3 years with support from Chinese EV manufacturers.
In the inaugural 2014 race, China Racing will use the new Formula E customer car supplied by Formula E Holdings, which is currently being developed by Spark Racing Technology (SRT), McLaren and Dallara. Throughout 2013, FIA Formula E Team China Racing will work with SRT and Formula E Holdings to test the customer car and promote the Championship globally across the 10 host cities planned for the first season.
We are delighted to present China Racing Formula E Team to the FIA as one of the 10 teams taking part in the Formula E Championship. China has enormous potential for the expansion of Electric Vehicles as a tool to fight pollution in cities. We think the FIA Formula E Championship can be a powerful tool to make electric cars popular with the Chinese public, particularly the younger generations. Having a Chinese team with us in the Championship will be key to succeeding in that challenge. We also expect Chinese drivers to join the competition, and we look forward to Chinese companies joining our effort to make cities more livable and healthy. The racing track record of China Racing, the first international Chinese racing team, speaks for itself and I am convinced they will be a fantastic addition to the competition.—Alejandro Agag, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E Holdings (the promoter)
Team China Racing started in 2004 in Beijing as one of the A1GP Teams, authorized by the Ministry of Sports of China. The team has competed in different international racing series such as A1GP, Superleague Formula and FIA GT1.