FIA Formula E Championship

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Formula E
Category Single seater
Country International
Inaugural season 2014–15
Drivers 20
Teams 10
Constructors Spark
Tyre suppliers Michelin
Official website
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

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.[1] The series was conceived in 2012, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing on 13 September 2014.[2]

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.[3]


Spark Renault SRT_01 E (FIA Formula E), unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

A few details about the specifications have been released by the FIA.[1]


  • 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[4][5])


  • 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.

Point system[edit]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   Pole   FL 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 3 2

The car[edit]

Main article: Spark-Renault SRT 01E

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.[6][7][8] So far, 42 electric cars have been ordered by the FIA.[9]

Former Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi was announced as the series test driver in September 2012.[10] 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.[11] Forty-two cars were ordered in November 2012,[12] with Formula One team McLaren providing the motor, transmission and electronics that all cars will use.[13]



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.[14]

Lucas Di Grassi won the first Formula E race at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit on 13 September, after Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost crashed out on the final corner.

Television coverage[edit]

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[15]).[16][17] Production will be carried out by Aurora Worldwide Media.[18]

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.[19] Franchitti will act as co-commentator alongside lead commentator Jack Nicholls.[20] Anchoring the coverage will be presenter and pitlane reporter Nicki Shields.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "FIA Formula E Championship". 
  2. ^ Telegraph Sport (13 September 2014). "Formula E opens with spectacular crash involving Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost as Lucas di Grassi claims win". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
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  4. ^ Allianz (2003-04-12). "Formula Williams F1 - All Ears". Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^ William Hamby (2004). "Ultimate Sound Pressure Level Decibel Table". 
  6. ^ "Michelin confirmed as official tyre supplier for FIA Formula E Championship". Formula E Operations (FIA Formula E Championship). 28 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Renault signs with Spark Racing Technology and Formula E Holdings as Technical Partner in the FIA Formula E Championship". Formula E Operations (FIA Formula E Championship). 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Williams partners with Spark Racing Technology to provide battery expertise for the FIA Formula E Championship". (Williams F1). 11 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Formula E buys 42 electric racers for 2014 circuit". 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Di Grassi revealed as Formula E test driver". 5 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Biesbrouck, Tim (19 December 2013). "‘Lucas di Grassi terminates Formula E test job to become a driver’". Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Formula E orders 42 cars". 15 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "McLaren to power Formula E". 12 November 2012. 
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  18. ^ "FIA Formula E Championship". 
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