In the video above, former Formula One driver Bruno Senna, nephew of the legendary Ayrton Senna, talks about the differences between electric car racing and more conventional forms of motorsport. At the end of the clip, he also reveals what he thinks his late uncle would think of the new series.
Bruno Senna will be racing for India’s Mahindra, one of ten teams competing in the inaugural season. Each team will run four cars—two per driver—and run their operations from a purpose-built central workshop at Donington Park. The move is part of a number of steps to reduce overall running costs.
From season two, Formula E will become an open championship allowing teams to design and develop their own cars—in accordance to the technical specifications set out by the FIA—and showcasing their electrical energy innovations in a competitive, racing environment.
Senna is just one of a number of former F1 men competing in Formula E. His own teammate at Mahindra is former HRT driver Karun Chandhok, and other drivers include Nick Heidfeld (Venturi), Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin), Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi), Jarno Trulli (Trulli), Sébastien Buemi (e.dams Renault) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT).
The first Formula E race will take place in Beijing on September 13, 2014. There will be ten races in the first season, with the final race taking place in London on June 27, 2015.