Outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles announced this week that the Formula E all-electric open wheel race series will be making a stop in the heart of his city.

"These cars are not your grandma's Priuses," Villaraigosa told the Los Angeles Times.

For those who don't know, Formula E (do we call it FE?) cars (like the one pictured above in Rome) are much like those racing around circuits around the world in the lower tiers of FIA-sanctioned open wheel racing. The only difference is these cars are powered by electric motors provided by McLaren and the cars probably run out of juice a lot faster than they're supposed to.

The Formula E race series itself, which is owned by a private company called Formula E Holdings and sanctioned by the FIA, will jaunt around to ten countries across the globe starting in 2014. Formula E also claims that the race will not cost the host cities a dime and that it will cover the tab for all of the events.


Whatever your feelings are on road racing, a street course in the middle of downtown LA is sure to make for a fantastic spectacle. Sure, as you can see in the video below, the cars sound like the cross between a golf cart and a pencil sharpener, but the racing should still be good.

And hey, the whine of an electric motor won't sound any worse than the real deal.


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