|Official Name||Electric Racing Academy Championship|
|Announced||31 March 2019|
|Constructors||Dome Co. Ltd.|
The ERA Championship, formally known as the Electric Racing Academy Championship, is set to be an all-electric single-seater racing series, designed to operate at a "junior" level to introduce young drivers to electric racing. Based around the Mitsu-Bachi F110e, an FIA Formula 4 homolgated chassis, ERA will feature a dual class structure, with teams able to either use the base chassis/powertrain, or develop their own powertrain to the technical rulebook.
The Electric Racing Academy was first announced on 31 March 2019, having been formulated by Belgian racing group The Driving Force, known for their work running factory teams for BMW and Porsche in various GT Championships. The initial plan was to use a car constructed by Dome Co. Ltd., which would conform to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's Formula 4 spec rulebook, albeit with an electrical motor, rather than a internal combustion engine. Dieter Vanswijgenhoven would headline the project as the technical and business director for ERA, intending the series to focus on both younger drivers and to allow manufacturers to explore their own powertrain and battery development plans.
ERA intended to host their first series in the Summer of 2020, intending to host eight races across four weekends in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with two test-events along the way. The series subsequently picked Circuit Zolder as the base for the series, with a roll-out for the first Mitsu-Bachi F110e chassis and powertrain combination staged on 20 January 2020. The roll-out proved to be a success, reportedly generating a large amount of interest from teams in Formula 2, Formula 3, GT Racing and beyond, with initial entry fees set at €100,000 for the "Sport" class, and €70,000 for the "Innovation" class.
Rules and Regulations
The ERA Championship will use the Mitsu-Bachi F110e, constructed by Dome Co. Ltd. as a base chassis, which conforms to the FIA Formula 4 rulebook with a monocoque, crash boxes, collapsible steering column and anti-intrusion plates for safety reasons. Entrants will then have the option of using the spec-powertrain in the Sport class, built by Saroléa Performance Technology, or develop their own according to ERA's own rulebook, and hence enter the Innovation class.
Images and Videos:
- 'ERA Championship logo', twitter.com, (Twitter: ERA Championship, 2020), https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1110511142676414464/bR_-Bsfh_400x400.png, (Accessed 22/01/2020)
- Jake Kilshaw, 'ERA CHAMPIONSHIP: Entry-Level Electric Open-Wheel Series to Launch in 2020', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 31/03/2019), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/era-championship/entry-level-electric-open-wheel-series-to-launch-in-2020/, (Accessed 22/01/2020)
- Dieter Rencken, 'New Electric Racing Academy series launched at Zolder', racefans.net, (Collantine Media Ltd, 21/01/2020), https://www.racefans.net/2020/01/21/electric-racing-academy-series-launched-at-zolder/, (Accessed 22/01/2020)
- 'Technical information', erachampionship.com, (ERA Championship, 2020), https://erachampionship.com/technical-information, (Accessed 22/01/2020)
- Jake Kilshaw, 'ERA CHAMPIONSHIP: ERA Aiming to Fill Gap for Electric Junior Single-Seaters', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 06/01/2020), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/era-championship/era-aiming-to-fill-gap-for-electric-junior-single-seaters/, (Accessed 22/01/2020)
- 'ERA CHAMPIONSHIP AND SAROLEA ANNOUNCE TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP', erachampionship.com, (ERA Championship, 15/10/2019), https://erachampionship.com/uploads/media/ERACHAMP_SAROLEA-ANNOUNCE-PDF.pdf, (Accessed 22/01/2020)
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