Ten teams, running twenty cars, of the FIA Formula E Championship will develop and test their fully-electric vehicles at the British circuit Donington Park before the seasons starts in September 2014 in Beijing. A total investment of £5.7 million will result in a 44,000 sq ft purpose-built facility for the competition, creating 100 hi-tech jobs as well.

Donington Park’s managing director, Christopher Tate, said the teams were due to move on to the site in May when testing will begin. Formula E looked at sites across the world, including Silverstone, in Northamptonshire.

“It could have gone anywhere else in the world,” he said. “Formula E and all its teams committing to this location is a critical leap forward for this wonderful race track and for our region.” Initially, the teams will bring 50 staff, before another 100 jobs will be created.

A £3.65 million loan from the Government’s Growing Places Fund and a £2.05 million investment from circuit owner Kevin Wheatcroft makes it a total £5.7 million investment.

An artist's impression how the new Formula E headquarters will look kopie

Alejandro Agag, chief executive of Formula E, said: “Our new facilities at Donington Park provide the perfect central location for operating the FIA Formula E Championship.”

Business and energy minister Michael Fallon said: “Formula E’s decision to locate the international teams and its global headquarters at Donington Park is a testimony to the key role the UK plays in the motorsport industry.”

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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  1. I am involved with an Electric Vehicle (EV) challenge, organized by the local Rotary Clubs, to interest learners in electricity and construction so they may consider becoming electric or mechanical engineers. The learners in grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to build an EV that will run for an hour using sealed lead acid batteries with a limit of 432 watts-hours. The students at Barberton High School are designing an EV using two 18 ah batteries (24 volts) The EV has 3 x 20 inch bicycle wheels, the back of the bicycle has been retained, so the motor drives a chain through a 10 cog gear to the one side of the pedal shaft to a 57 cog gear which turns a 12 cog to turn 7 bicycle gears on the back wheel. We use a 500 watt motor turning at 3000 rpm. We would like to achieve a top speed of 45 kms per hour, without draining the batteries.
    Have you anyone with the time to work out what motor and gear ratios we would need to achieve this.
    Could we communicate through email, at rols@telkomsa.net
    Many thanks,
    Roland Jones.

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