Formula E, 100% electric circuit racing, is back and quieter than ever

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Vancouver’s first E-Prix to be held at False Creek over Canada Day weekend 2022

Seventeen years after the Molson Indy Vancouver left Western Canada, a new circuit racing is coming to the old Indy racetracks, and it’s literally all electric. Formula E is scheduled to take place in False Creek, Vancouver, over Canada Day weekend 2022.

At the inaugural Vancouver E-Prix, Formula E vehicles will accelerate along the 2.21-kilometer circuit and 15 corners in a 45-minute race. Unlike Formula 1, where the race takes place over a number of laps, Formula E races are timed to minimize the risk of cars losing power. And while F1 vehicles hit speeds of 360 km / h and go from zero to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds, electric motors still deliver power, reaching speeds of up to 280 km. / h and going from zero to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds.

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ABB FIA Formula E Championship – New York City E-Prix Round 10, July 10, 2021 (Jaguar Racing / Getty Images)

Race car fans might miss the deafening noise they are used to, however: electric cars only reach 80dB, the equivalent of highway traffic noise.

Another unique part of electronic racing is “attack mode”. Drivers make a pit stop in an off-circuit charging area to get a boost of 30 kilowatts (about 143 kilometers if you were to charge a Tesla) that the driver has five minutes to use.

Vancouver’s electric race follows Formula E’s disastrous start to Montreal in 2017, when Montrealers complained the event caused construction and traffic, not to mention the $ 35 million cost to taxpayers . Four years later, Vancouver City Council approved the event on the condition that no city dollars be spent on running, and in the hope that it would boost tourism.


This article appears in the January 2022 issue of Maclean’s magazine with the title “An all-electric race”. Subscribe to the monthly magazine printed here.


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