Welcome to Current E, your guide to FIA Formula E.
What’s Formula E? Only the best show in town. It is an FIA-sanctioned motorsport featuring purpose-built electric single-seat cars racing on street circuits in the heart of some of the world’s most famous cities.
Any more details? Buckle up, here’s the six sentence summary. Ten teams each pitch two drivers into battle over a series of one-day street circuit races across the globe. Each event squashes two practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself into a single Saturday. Limitations in battery technology mean that each driver has to use two cars in the race, which means they must physically swap cars halfway through. All teams use a spec chassis, built by Dallara; they are not allowed to alter the chassis or the aero. The battery comes courtesy of Williams Advanced Engineering, the ECU from McLaren Applied Technologies, and the cars sit on 18″ low profile tyres from Michelin, packaged by Spark Racing Technology. In season two, several of the teams have been permitted to build their own powertrain, with the motor, inverter, control electronics, software, rear suspension and transmission all up for grabs.
Can I watch it on telly? The races are streamed live online at the series website. But if you’re still stuck in the age of television, then sure. There are an awful lot of channels that have signed up under a mixture of season-long and event-specific deals. The major players are Fox, which carries the series in more than 80 countries, including the US; ITV4, which services the UK audience; Sky, the go-to channel in Germany; and TV Asahi in Japan.
Anything else I should know? Lots. But that’s what the rest of the site is for.
All the electric lingo is confusing. Ah, you’ll want to read our guide to the fundamental terminology used in discussing electric racing cars then, which you’ll find here. That will help you understand what’s meant by the 28kWh energy limit and the various power modes on the car: 170kW (race), 180kW to 200kW (Fanboost), 200kW (qualifying).
Fanboost – Fanwhat? Fans can vote for their favourite drivers online at the official Formula E website. The most popular three drivers each race will receive an additional 100kJ of energy for a single boost that takes peak power to between 180kW and 200kW.
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