LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The race cars sped along the tracks but what was noticeably missing was the roar of the engines.

They flew by at 100+ mph and it was barely more than a whistle.

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Fans in Long Beach Saturday bore witness to the inaugural ePrix, a racing series for Formula E cars. Formula E is the world’s first fully electric racing series featuring single-seat, open-wheel cars that can reach up to 140 mph.

At high speeds, the cars are only slightly louder than an average street car.

Organizers say Formula E is the first sport to provide a framework for sustainable mobility and electric car research and development.

And star power is helping fuel this race.

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Team owners include Michael Andretti, Sir Richard Branson and Leonardo di Caprio. Drivers include ex-Formula 1 pilots Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost, Bruno Senna, Scott Speed, Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Ten two-car teams compete in the championship, and all 20 cars are identical.

For more information about the Long Beach ePrix visit FIA Formula E online.



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