10 local schools competed in first ever Formula E School Series race
Winning school ‘Técnica No 1 – Otto Krause’ lift trophy on FIA Formula E podium
Buenos Aires ePrix hosted the opening round of the new series, organised by Greenpower Education Trust based in the UK, in conjunction with Formula E
A weekend of many firsts for the FIA Formula E Championship, the series not only visited Buenos Aires for the first time, but Argentina also provided a perfect backdrop for the all-new FE School Series to make its debut (on 10 January).
10 Michelin-shod Greenpower Formula E cars, built and driven by 11-16 year olds from local schools, graced the 2.44km ePrix circuit with six children competing per team. After a thrilling 20 minute race, scheduled ahead of the main Formula E ePrix, ‘Técnica No 1 – Otto Krausse’ claimed victory and were awarded their trophy on the FIA Formula E podium.
The most energy efficient team, EET 455 – Gral. Don José de San Martin, claimed pole position in qualifying, and then the race itself followed a standard race format. All participating schools were chosen in relation to specific criteria set by Greenpower.
For the opening round of the FE School Series – an official support race to Formula E – the practice/qualifying session was also 20 minutes in length. The FE School Series will follow the same format for the four remaining rounds in 2015 to be held in Miami, Long Beach, Berlin and London.
Greenpower Education Trust CEO, Jeremy Way, commented: “This time a year ago we wouldn’t have imagined even in our wildest dreams that we would be here now organising the FE School Series. Thanks goes to all Greenpower and Formula E staff for making it happen, and also to the ten schools from Argentina that have participated in this first ever all-electric School Series round.
“The atmosphere at the track in Buenos Aires was incredible, with so much excitement surrounding the race. We just can’t wait now for the next outing of the Greenpower Formula E car in Miami, in March.”
Team captain from the winning school, Pablo Guarneri, 18, said following the race: “We feel very fortunate to have been able to build and drive such a beautiful car. We have thoroughly enjoyed racing today, and to be standing on the top step of the podium is an incredible experience.”
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the FE School Series in Buenos Aires and for the support of the local authorities. The initiative aims to inspire young people to embrace sustainable mobility and engineering, in addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Like with Formula E, the races will focus on energy efficiency, as well as speed.”
Inspiring the next generation of engineers both in the UK, and globally, Greenpower offers a unique and exciting hands-on learning experience for students. Young engineering talents are able, via Greenpower, to design, build and race electric cars as part of a vital STEM education initiative.