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Adverse weather conditions and a turbulent race saw the new FIA Formula E safety car called into action four times on its debut in Rome.

16 Apr 2021 | International News : Italy


Since the Formula E Rome E-Prix, a new FIA safety car has led the field: The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW.

The fully electric car was designed by BMW Motorsport such that racing technology makes it perfectly suited to the special requirements of a FIA Formula E safety car. FIA President Jean Todt and the official FIA Formula E safety car Driver Bruno Correia were among those won over at a race weekend with plenty of safety car action.

In light of adverse weather conditions and turbulent races with several incidents, the new FIA Formula E safety car was called into action four times on its debut in Rome. Both races were started behind the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW, and the race even ended behind the safety car after incidents shortly before the finish. The incidents gave Correia plenty of opportunities to get to know the car.

"It is fantastic to have a fully electric car leading the Formula E field," said Correia. "The MINI Electric Pacesetter is perfect for the narrow street circuits of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The handling of the car is fantastic. And thanks to the modifications for use on the racetrack - for example, to the suspension and the brakes - the MINI is extremely fast and agile."

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