Electric formula: Goodyear chosen as tyre partner to ERA Championship
- Goodyear to equip ERA Championship
- Electric single-seater series to promote young talent
- Racing during Goodyear-supported ETCR events
Goodyear has been chosen as the official tyre partner of ERA Championship, the brand-new electric single-seater racing series that will launch this summer as a support series to the Goodyear-supported FIA ETCR - eTouring Car World Cup.
As the official tyre partner to ERA Championship, Goodyear will supply tyres to every driver and car in the entry-level electric formula racing series that promises to launch a career pathway for promising young driving and engineering talent. Racing on a high-profile stage, ERA Championship will support FIA ETCR, the globe-trotting electric touring car series for which Goodyear is the founding partner and tyre supplier.
For the inaugural ERA SERIES EUROPE, the field will comprise ten identical Mitsu-Bachi F110e single-seaters. Based on the Dome F110 chassis, these electric racers are fitted with a 24 kWh battery, producing 130 kW (175 hp) for a top speed of 210 km/h.
The car will take part in a demo event during the FIA ETCR round at Pau, France, in early May, before the full race calendar begins on the Beyoglu Street Circuit in Istanbul, Turkey on 21-22 May. After that, the series will support FIA ETCR at the Hungaroring, Hungary; Jarama, Spain; Zolder, Belgium; and Vallelunga, Italy, throughout May, June and July.
Each race event will include a free practice session, two qualifying sessions and two sprint races, giving the field of young racers an opportunity to impress the FIA ETCR paddock and take their first step on the electric racing ladder.
Goodyear will provide one slick and one treaded wet specification of tyre to the entire ERA Championship field. Just like Goodyear’s portfolio of consumer tyres, the Goodyear racing tyre for ERA Championship is ‘EV ready’, featuring technologies to meet the demands of electric vehicles, such as their instant torque.
As the series’ official tyre partner, Goodyear will bring its experience from a host of other racing arenas to ERA Championship, supporting the series’ ambition to promote the talent of tomorrow by sharing the same technical expertise as it brings to FIA ETCR. In addition to the electric touring car series, Goodyear is the tyre partner to FIA WTCR - World Touring Car Cup, FIA World Endurance Championship, NASCAR, the FIA European Truck Racing Championship and many more varied platforms.
Ben Crawley, Director Motorsport EMEA, Goodyear: “We’re excited to embark on this journey with ERA Championship and support their ambition to find and promote young talent in the world of electric racing. Between now and the first race in May, we’ll be working closely together to complete more testing mileage as they continue their development programme. For Goodyear, this partnership strengthens our commitment to electric motorsport and is a valuable addition to our role as the founding partner to FIA ETCR.”
Dieter Vanswigenhoven, Technical & Business Director, ERA Championship: “We are proud to start the inaugural season of ERA Championship with Goodyear alongside FIA ETCR. By sharing tyre transportation and facilities on site, we can make meaningful steps towards creating more sustainable racing events. Goodyear have proven their commitment to electric racing and we are happy to help shape the future of this journey. In the coming months we look forward to putting the tyres through our testing programme and taking the next steps in development together."
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 74,000 people and manufactures its products in 57 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.