While many blogs have featured topics revolving around self-driving cars, automobile companies, and the industry’s “capital”, Detroit, another interesting aspect of the auto industry is that of automobile racing. Whether it’s Nascar, Formula 1, or the newly created Formula E series, one question that is frequently been asked about automobile racing’s from its avid fans is whether or not victories (either in Nascar, Formula 1, or Formula E) are attributed to the technology of the car or to the actual skill of the driver. Give of take, it’s a little bit of both, but specifically, if someone were to look at Formula E, a championship series that began just last year comprised of only electric cars, it’s apparent that the difference between first and second is its drivers and their team’s teamwork. This is due to the fact that all the electric cars within the series have equivalent technology and batteries, which makes it easy to compare between the driver as the victory or technology within automobiles as the credited victor. Lucas di Grassi, a driver at the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team commented on this one of a kind equivalency stating, “When the development of a car is free- like in World Endurance Championships and Formula One- you can develop the car forever, so the car makes more difference than the driver. Here, everybody has the same car, same aerodynamics, same brakes, same everything”. Di Grassi continued by describing a new addition to this season Formula E’s cars: “What changes is the drivetrain. The drivetrains are better or worse, but they are within maybe two or three tenths of a second. And two or three tenths on tracks like these, the driver makes more difference than the drivetrain.” In essence, Formula E has much less dependency on telemetry and other computerized aids used in the tires and brakes than those cars in Formula 1 and WEC. Therefore, because of these unknown circumstances with tires and breaks, Formula E drivers constantly have to be aware of their car’s movements, which makes the job much more difficult difficult since it requires so much attention to detail and knowledge. As a result, Formula E teams seek only the best, most-experienced drivers. For example, Mark Preston, team principal of Team Aguri, referred to his driver Antonio Felix da Costa’s skillset by stating, “The skill level, the experience that Antonio brought from running on the simulator in Red Bull, and being very good at energy management in Formula One, helped us a lot, it made him more of a natural at it”. Preston also noted that in Formula E “the workload in it is pretty high,” and so, he added, “the capability, that’s the difference.” Additionally, not only are the Formula E cars all the same, but they also have a certain limit on their amount of engine power. In most other series, the cars have a limit on engine size, but within that the teams try to produce as much power as possible. But in Formula E, the amount of battery power per car is limited to 170 kilowatts during the race and 200 kilowatts during qualifying. Another factor in this equation that results in a more equal ratio between the importance of the driver and his machine is that the races take place on street circuits that create little grip and control for the drivers. So unlike Formula 1 or the WEC, Formula E’s tracks require a level of precise driving that is rarely needed on permanent race tracks. Therefore, if someone where to look at Formula E, a strong case can be made that it’s the drivers that matter and not the cars, which can provide more competition among drivers and hopefully can become one of the premier auto racing series in this eco-friendly future.