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.READ MORE: Halyna Hutchins Was Shot By Alec Baldwin With A Live Round On Set Of ‘Rust,’ Authorities Confirm
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.READ MORE: Bear Prompts Lockdown At Shull Elementary School In San Dimas
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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