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New Chinese Series for Formula E Cars Possible

A new series or innovative racing school using the existing Formula E cars could become a reality in the near future according to Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag….

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A new series or innovative racing school using the existing Formula E cars could become a reality in the near future, according to Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.

A potential series centered on racing in China is known to have already been discussed internally at Formula E Holdings which could start as soon as 2020.

The current-generation cars are set to be replaced by a new-generation Dallara/Spark-designed and built model for Season Five next year, leaving the door open for them to be repurposed for a potential new initiative.

“There are possibilities to do a Chinese championship. China is important for us and it could be possible,” Agag told e-racing365. “Or maybe we do a school for driving these cars.

“We can do different things but there’s also an interesting possibility to do a battery with over 40kWh, so it extends the range and then you can do two championships, not only one.

“So you have championships where these cars go for 45 minutes in a single car. We all know the chassis, so we have to make a decision what we’ll do, it’s a big asset.”

Formula E has long coveted more business and a larger commercial footprint in Asia, particularly China, which is seeing a significant increase in EV technology in the automotive sector.

As owners of the cars, which are essentially leased to the teams on a franchise basis, Formula E Holdings is looking at various plans for their future usage.

The cars could be prepared at the current Formula E base at Donington Park, which e-racing365 revealed is likely to be repurposed in the future, with extra units currently available.

A definitive decision on the strategy for the use of the current Formula E cars is expected next spring.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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