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Formula E setting up shop at England’s Donington Park

Jan 23, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT


The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship will have its headquarters and team facilities based out of England’s Donington Park circuit, a longtime staple of motorcycle racing and the site of Ayrton Senna’s legendary drive to victory in the 1993 Formula One European Grand Prix.

In addition, Donington will also serve as home testing and development site on F-E’s Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car for all 10 of the series’ teams, including American-based groups Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing.

F-E CEO Alejandro Agag said in a statement that the series looked at a number of European sites for the headquarters but felt that being part of the United Kingdom’s famous “Motorsport Valley” (also home to F-E partners McLaren and Williams) was too good to pass up.

“All 10 teams will soon have top facilities at their disposal in a modern, sustainable building, as well as direct access to the circuit to develop their cars,” Agag continued. “We are also just a stone’s throw from East Midlands Airport and the hub of our logistics partner DHL, meaning will we make substantial cost and emission savings.

“It’s also great for such an innovative and global racing series to be based at a historic race track like Donington Park and we’re looking forward to welcoming the teams.”

Construction began just after the New Year and is set to be completed by the end of April, with teams slated to move in starting May 1. F-E’s commercial wing will continue to be based in London.

More than 150 people are expected to work out of F-E’s Donington facility. True to the series’ environmental emphasis, it will comply with sustainable construction and development standards.

  1. worknman24hours - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    This a new day and new racing endeavor.

    Formula E treads into a place no other racing series has.

    Sure there have been attempts to get electric cars on the race track but finally someone is doing it right.

    I just hope the cars are given the leeway to not have a standard formula so that innovative teams can push the boundaries of electric performance.

    I think it would be cool to see a race car come into the pits ,have the team yank the dead cell out and slide a fresh cell right back into the car in under six seconds.

    And there are some real dangers in a full electric powertrain as carbon fiber unless it is properly engineered conducts electricity very well.

    Formula E is science fact and the advances it could bring to electric power storage and use could definitely make the series worth every penny.

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