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Racing News: FIA, Formula E Introduce "Gen3" Racecar

FIA, Formula E Introduce “Gen3” Race Car

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A first look at the Gen3 all-electric racing car that will race in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) have shared a first look at the third-generation all-electric racing car that will race in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The Gen3 was described by FIA President Jean Todt as: “a machine created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency and sustainability.”

Formula E manufacturers are set to take delivery of Gen3 cars in spring 2022 following further development and testing. The Gen3 cars  boast the following features, according to the series:

  • The world’s most efficient racing car—at least 40% of the energy used within a race will be produced by regenerative braking during the race.
  • The first formula car with both front and rear powertrains: a new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.
  • The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes due to the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.
  • An electric motor delivering up to 350kw of power (470bhp), capable of a top speed of 200 mph with a power-to-weight ratio that is twice as efficient as an equivalent 470bhp internal combustion engine (ICE).
  • Lighter and smaller than the Gen2 to enable faster, more agile wheel-to-wheel racing.

For more information, visit formulae.com.

CordovaAgreement Reached to Sell Cordova Dragstrip

An agreement has been reached between the International Race Group (IRG) and Dan and Shelly Crownhart’s 1320 Promotions to acquire the historic Cordova Dragstrip—the IHRA-sanctioned ¼-mile dragstrip in Cordova, Illinois. Closing is expected to occur before the end of the year. The Crownhart family has been involved in drag racing for generations on many levels. Dan, a native of Sterling, Illinois, has experience on the track, racing both alcohol and jet funny cars, and will be taking over the day-to-day management of the race facility. The Crownharts are finalizing plans for facility upgrades, new events and the sportsman racing series among other items. There will also be a meet and greet for racers and fans planned for early 2022.

Larson, Sweet, Copeland Named Promoters for Silver Dollar Speedway

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson and three-time World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Champion Brad Sweet have teamed up to become the new promoters of Silver Dollar Speedway—the historic dirt track in Chico, California. While Larson and Sweet remain focused on their respective full-time racing careers, Sweet will oversee day-to-day operations at Silver Dollar Speedway. A third member of the newly formed Sweet Larson Copeland (SLC) Promotions team is regional racer Colby Copeland of Roseville, California. He’ll serve as the liaison between the promoters, drivers and fans. The group announced plans to “turn up” its Gold Cup experience, along with plans to revamp the midway behind the main grandstands and upgrades to the facility. SLC Promotions replace the former promoter Dennis Gage.

SCCA Refocuses Road Racing Program

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has announced an expanded operating agreement with Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH) for SCCA Pro Racing and the launch of SCCA’s new Enduro program. Already executing on long-term licensing agreements with PMH for the promotion and commercial rights management of the Trans Am Series, Formula 4 (F4) United States Championship, and Formula Regional Americas (FRA) series, SCCA has expanded the partnership to include the operation and staffing of all SCCA Pro Racing series activities.

Under the expanded agreement, PMH will assume responsibility for the promotion, operating, staffing and commercial aspects of SCCA Pro Racing beginning in 2022, while sanction and FIA sporting oversight of the F4 U.S. and FRA Championships, and FIA International events, will remain with SCCA. With the shift, Vice President of Road Racing Eric Prill will now oversee both professional and amateur road racing activities for SCCA. Jon Krolewicz, current senior manager of time trials/track events, will add endurance and regional-based road racing to his portfolio as the new senior manager of regional track program development.

SCCA Pro Racing General Manager Sydney Davis Yagel will transition to a senior management role with PMH at the end of the year, continuing to work closely with Prill on SCCA Pro Racing initiatives. SCCA Road Racing Director Deanna Flanagan’s role leading the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program, including the U.S. Majors Tour, Hoosier Super Tour, and National Championship Runoffs, remains unchanged. For more information, visit scca.com

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