Hans-Joachim “Striezel” Stuck is already early morning at 8 o'clock on the Tempelhof field on the way. It's not the first time the two-time Le Mans winner and DTM champion has been touring Formula E in Berlin. “The Formula E is cool, alternative, environmentally friendly. And if you have such a location as here in Berlin, that's ideal, “says Stuck, today President of the German Motor Sport Federation (DMSB). Because on the grounds in Tempelhof tradition would meet in a historical setting on modern technologies of the future.
The electric racing series Formula E, which turned on the Tempelhofer field on Friday and Saturday, has found its audience in the world metropolises: New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City and for the fifth time in Berlin.
Unlike Stuck, Jerry and Helena from the Czech Republic are indeed the first time in the Formula E guest. The couple, who finished their studies last year, think it's “great that so many manufacturers and companies present their products”. The formula E has a much better marketing than Formula 1, says Jerry. Although he misses the “gasoline smell and sound” of the quiet Formula E racing cars, he finds no alternative to electromobility for climate protection and sustainability.
Nevertheless, the race will be exciting: Audi works driver Daniel Abt is the best German in sixth place. The 26-year-old from Kempten can not repeat his win of the year in the all-electric race series and had on Saturday 6.551 seconds behind his victorious teammate Lucas di Grassi. The former Formula 1 driver from Brazil prevails on the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport in front of polesetter Sébastien Buemi (Switzerland) and Jean-Eric Vergne from France.
Around the 45-minute race, the eleven teams and 22 riders presented the second generation of the up to 240 km / h electric race car “Gen2”. In addition, around 60 companies presented themselves on an area of 25,000 square meters. In addition to car manufacturers such as BMW, Audi and Tesla also off-branch companies such as DHL. The logistics company presented the flight drone Paketkopter 4.0 or E-Streetscooter. Harley Davidson showed for the first time in Germany the electric motorcycle “LiveWire”, which has a range between 142 and 225 kilometers and will be available from September for around 33,000 euros on the German market.
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The event's supporting program has established itself as a real family celebration: for the children there was a small Bobby-Car course and e-kart routes, the adults could try e-scooters, visit a drone simulator of the alliance or drive on the racetrack themselves in the simulator ,
Students from Switzerland's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) presented their electric racing car “Grimsel”, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 1.513 seconds. Thus, “Grimsel” since 2016 holds the acceleration world record. The budding engineers develop, build and drive partly even with the “Formula Student”. Around 650 teams compete in the world's largest competition for young engineers. “We now drive in two categories, namely electrically and with autonomously moving vehicles,” said Johannes Aiche, the suspension module leader. “And in both categories, we are world ranking first.”
The Greentech Festival of Ex-Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg showed in the hangar 6 future technologies and attracted not only the professional audience, but also many fans of the Formula E. On Saturday Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and the Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) visited the race , Müller was pleased about the “great response to the performance show of electromobility”. The fact that the Formula E race also evolves with the Greentech Festival also shows that people are interested in electric mobility. “And that's where the industry has to deliver,” said Müller.
For manufacturers, Formula E is the hardest test field with racing cars. “The range plays a role as well as the efficiency of the engine,” said Malte Huneke, project leader of the Formula E at Porsche. The Zuffenhausen-based manufacturer, like Mercedes, will enter Formula E in the coming season: Eleven manufacturers will be driving in the electric racing series. The next Formula E race will take place on June 22nd in Bern.