Drivers, get ready to start your, ummm, electric motors. The 2023 season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will kick off on January 13 at the Hankook Mexico City E-Prix.
The all-electric, open-wheel racing series has an exciting season lined up; Mexico City will be the first of eleven race weekends, with a total of sixteen races, around the world this year. Other stops include Diriyah, Saudi Arabia; Hyderabad, India; Cape Town, South Africa; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Berlin, Germany; Monaco; Jakarta, Indonesia; Portland, US; Rome, Italy; and London, UK.
The 11 teams and 22 drivers will also be using the new Gen 3 cars for the first time, the most powerful, lightest and fastest electric open-wheel race cars in motorsport. These racers have a 320 km/h top speed and, compared with the previous cars, they are 60kg lighter and smaller, yet they have 100 kW more power (at 350 kW, or 470 hp) with double the brake regeneration – meaning that more than 40 per cent of the energy used in-race is via regen. And for the first time, they have an additional motor for the front wheels, making them AWD.
Hankook is a title sponsor and will supply the tires for all 11 teams this year.
This is the ninth season for Formula E, and this year sees Maserati and McLaren join the grid for the first time, alongside other big names such as Jaguar TCS Racing, Avalanche Andretti, Nissan, Mahindra, Tag Heuer Porsche, DS Penske, Envision, Nio, and ABT Cupra.
Last year, the German driver Stoffel Vandoorne won his first world championship, driving for Mercedes EQ. He will be fighting again for podiums this year with DS Penske.
For the full schedule and race times, and to follow live timing of the races, visit www.fiaformulae.com.