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It weighs 200kg, it endures temperatures up to 140 degrees, and it's been on a four-year stint that amounts to the same distance as going around the earth and then some. Not my luggage, despite what you might assume, but the absolute unit at the back of the first generation of Formula E race cars. Slapping the roof of this bad boy would earn you a disapproving look from the engineers but you can fit 54,500km of racing without a single failure inside it.

Video: Besides a bit of YouTube fame, it's hard to say why stuntman Damien Walters challenged himself to perform a daring backflip over a speeding Formula E race car -- which he couldn't actually see coming. It's a stunt more impressive than anything you'll see in a Hollywood movie because there are no wires, and no computer graphics.

During its GTC 2016 keynote address, Nvidia unveiled a new Formula E event dubbed Roborace. As its name implies, this new racing class will feature fully autonomous cars powered by Drive PX 2 supercomputers. If that's not crazy enough, the first race is expected to kick off this season. Blimey.

Video: Formula E is the most exciting race series that you've barely heard of. It's much like Formula One, but driven in all-electric vehicles on street circuits completely free of random rules and politicking. If you want to know more about how the cars work, this video is a great primer.

Jarno Trulli is one of the all-time greats of Formula One racing. With 256 Grand Prix starts under his belt, he's up there with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello -- he knows more than a little bit about how to drive a fast car quickly. Like most F1 champions, he's a jack of all trades, with history in karts and Formula 3 as well. He's now turning his attention to Formula E -- the all-electric racing class that's turning a lot of heads.

A lot of people are not happy with the sound of the new engines in this year's Formula One. As a result of extensive rule changes, the 2014 F1 cars are much quieter than last year's models, with none of that ear-splitting high-pitched scream that made 2013 and earlier cars so appealing. And now, a competitor is putting them to shame.