FIA Formula E Championship
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Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing, sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The "formula", designated in the name, refers to a set of rules with which all participants' cars must comply. Formula E is intended to be the highest class of competition for one-make, single-seater, electrically-powered racing cars. The series was conceived in 2012, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing on 13 September 2014.
In order to manage the costs of operating a Formula E team, each constructor will be mandated to make their car available to two other teams for a maximum capped price, which is currently set at €350,000.
A few details about the specifications have been released by the FIA.
- There will be 10 teams, 20 drivers, and 40 cars
- Each team will include 2 drivers and 4 cars
- e-Prix will be held in 10 cities across the world
- Racing circuits will be held in cities, and will be approximately 2.5 to 3 km (1.6 to 1.9 mi) long
- Cars will accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 220 km/h (140 mph)
- Noise decibel levels will be approximately 80 dB (SPL) (ordinary car: 70 dB; bus: 90 dB; old Formula One car on track (V10) 130 dB)
- Early morning: free practice session, followed by qualifying
- Late morning: qualifying 1 lap time each driver with both cars A and B
- Afternoon: a 2-hour break to recharge the cars
- Evening: the race, with 2 stints and 1 pit stop
- Pit stop will involve a change of car: when battery power runs low a driver will make a timed pit stop and switch into a new fully charged car
Races are planned to be 45 minutes in length.
For the first season, all teams have been supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT 01E. The chassis has been designed by Dallara, with an electric motor developed by McLaren (and is the same as that used in its P1 supercar), a battery system created by Williams F1 and a Hewland five-speed gearbox. Michelin will be the official tyre supplier. So far, 42 electric cars have been ordered by the FIA.
Former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi was announced as the series test driver in September 2012. He later stepped down from this role as he would have been unable to partake as a competitive driver in the first season if he were to remain as series test driver. Forty-two cars were ordered in November 2012, with Formula One team McLaren providing the motor, transmission and electronics that all cars will use.
Ten host cities are planning races for the 2014 season, and Formula E originally intended to run races exclusively on street circuits. However, not all races are now set for street circuits. On April 11, 2014, a calendar with 10 host cities for the 2014/2015 season has been confirmed, which consists of Beijing, Putrajaya, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Long Beach, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin and London, with one event - to be held in the Americas, as part of the logistics deal - yet to be announced.
Formula E will provide comprehensive live television coverage shown via major broadcasters around the globe (FOX Sports 1, ITV4, CCTV-5, Sky Deutschland, CANAL+ (Sport+), Energy (Spain), TV Asahi). Production will be carried out by Aurora Worldwide Media.
Four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti is to join the host television commentary team for the FIA Formula E Championship. Franchitti will act as co-commentator alongside lead commentator Jack Nicholls. Anchoring the coverage will be presenter and pitlane reporter Nicki Shields.
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