04-May-2015 Düsseldorf / Germany
Alternative engines on the racetrack
The first championship for formula cars with electric engines is setting new standards in motor sport and making a big impact in bringing the issue of sustainability to a wide audience. As the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide, Henkel is supporting the China Racing team and its drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Charles Pic. Henkel provides the perfect range of products for fast maintenance and repair at the race track.
Many automotive manufacturers are working intensively on vehicles whose engines are based on alternative energy, as they offer potential for sustainable, climate-friendly and environmentally-compatible mobility – with no CO2 emissions and reduced dependence on crude oil-based fuels. Henkel is playing an active role in this development by offering innovative, tailored solutions for the wide range of challenges that electromobility presents for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.
E-mobility at 200kW
The International Automobile Federation (FIA)’s Formula E championship has been conducted on urban racetracks, including in Beijing, London and Los Angeles, since 13th September 2014. It is more than just a platform for the latest developments in the field of electromobility – it also attracts a wide audience of racing enthusiasts from around the world. Formula E demonstrates the automotive industry’s efforts to balance performance with sustainability. Stricter regulations such as emissions standards play a big part in this, but growing awareness of the finiteness of resources also has a central role. “Electromobility is a central mega trend and driver of innovation in the automotive industry,” stresses Kourosh Bahrami, Global Head of Marketing and Sales in the Transport & Metal business at Henkel. “We work together closely with our customers throughout the entire value chain, so that we anticipate their needs and offer them integrated solutions with our product and technology portfolio. As an event, Formula E embodies exactly what makes us the partner of choice for our customers: global presence and forward-looking technologies.”
Well-known drivers and demanding courses
The racing teams have put together an exclusive field of drivers, who have started in many Formula 1 races. As well as Nelson Piquet Jr. for the China Racing team, the line-up for the first Formula E season includes Nick Heidfeld (Venturi Grand Prix), Jarno Trulli (TrulliGP), Nicolas Prost (e.dams – Renault) and Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing). All the races are held on urban courses in large cities. The China Racing team has already succeeded in gaining valuable points this season. Following a third place finish in Argentina, team pilot Piquet Jr. won the most recent race in Long Beach, USA.
The last races of the season will be held in Europe in May and June:
- 9th May 2015: Monaco
- 23rd May 2015: Berlin
- 6th June 2015: Moscow
- 27th June 2015: London (final)