As of early 2013, two teams have already stepped up and signed on the dotted line, committing to the inaugural season of the E-Prix, as some are already calling it. (You know, because "E" and "Prix" rhyme in that catchy little phrase.)
The first to sign up was Drayson Racing Technologies. They've already announced they'll be using the SRT cars provided by FEH for the 2014 season; however, they're developing their own race car for the 2015 season in conjunction with another racing powerhouse, Lola. In fact, a prototype of their joint effort has already set an electric record at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom.
The second team on the schedule is Team China Racing, which has competition experience in Superleague Formula and FIA GT1. They also plan to take advantage of Formula E Holdings' offer of team cars from SRT for 2014, and like Drayson Racing, Team China is developing its own car for 2015.
The teams will race on city streets rather than on designated tracks, much like classic and longstanding Formula One races. Just as there are 10 teams for the first season, there will also be 10 host cities. The first eight (with two more to be announced) are:
- Buenos Aires
- Los Angeles
- Putrajaya, Malaysia
- Rio de Janeiro
The teams will use Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) tech regulations, just like nearly every race with a stop in Europe on its calendar. Teams are encouraged to do as Drayson and China Racing are doing and come up with their own cars for future races, as Formula E is designated as an open championship. Anyone with a car that meets regulations can pay to play -- and possibly win.