What you should know about Formula E

What you should know about Formula E

As our production cars make the slow change to green power, it’s only right that our race cars do too. It’s more necessary for them as they’re clearly more polluting than our little 1000CC city cars! Does this mean racing will be less fun and engaging? The idea of a silent race is very odd, the usual roar of an F1 car will eventually be no more and we’ll instead listen to… Well nothing. Some of the main questions that get asked are very reasonable, such as ‘is the format the same?’Or ‘how many teams are there?’. Some questions however are slightly more peculiar…

All events begin with two practise sessions, one 45-minute session and a further 30-minute session. During this phase, drivers have 200KW of power at their disposal; this equates to roughly 268BHP. Qualifying sessions then take place over the course of an hour. The drivers are divided into four groups of five with each group taking six minutes to set their best lap. The final race usually lasts around 50 minutes, there’s one mandatory pitstop for drivers to change swap cars. Unlike F1, there’s a minimum time you have to take for he pitstop for safety reasons.

John from Crystal Motor Company said ‘ Formula E is a truly exciting prospect, with the cars being so similar in design the races are so close and anyone could win!’

During the final race power is limited to 180KW, however, in a bid to gain more fan interaction, they’re able to vote for their favourite drivers via social media, the three winners receive an extra 100KJ of energy to be used in a power window during the race.

For the first season all teams had a car supplied for them. The chassis was designed by Dallara, with an electric motor developed by McLaren, the same as that used in its P1 supercar, a battery system created by Williams Advanced Engineering and a Hewland five-speed gearbox. Each team had 4 cars for the season. For the second season, teams were allowed far more freedom. More lenient rules allowed for the motor, inverter, gearbox and cooling system to be sourced by the team themselves. Nine different manufacturers now create batteries for Formula E, including Jaguar and Renault. Porsche and Mercedes both announced they’d be joining the race from 2019 and BMW and Nissan Nismo will become manufacturers as of 2018.

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