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AutoMatters & More: Formula E Makes Auto Racing History

AutoMatters & More: Formula E Makes Auto Racing History

The first major auto race conducted in well over 100 years on the streets of Paris, France – the “City of Light” – was electric. The inaugural Formula E VISA Paris ePrix was held on April 23, 2016 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

According to Wikipedia, the Paris-to-Rouen Le Petit Journal Horseless Carriage Contest was run in 1894. In the petrol category, that race was won by Albert Lemaitre racing a Peugot – with a whopping 3 hp engine! Considered by some to be the world’s first motor race, it not only pioneered organized auto racing but also city-to-city endurance racing, which became popular back in the day. No doubt the demands and stresses of competition helped to accelerate...

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