|Drivers' champion|| Nelson Piquet, Jr.
|Teams' champion||e.dams Renault|
Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing, sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The series was conceived in 2012, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing on 13 September 2014.
A few details about the specifications have been released by the FIA.
- There are 10 teams, 20 drivers, and 40 cars (each team includes 2 drivers and 4 cars)
- ePrix are held in major cities across the world
- Racing is on city-center street circuits which are approximately 2 to 3.4 km (1.2 to 2.1 mi) long
- Cars accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 225 km/h (140 mph)
- Noise decibel levels are approximately 80 dB (SPL) (ordinary car: 70 dB; bus: 90 dB; old Formula One car on track (V10) 130 dB)
- The generators used to re-charge the batteries are powered by Glycerine, a by-product of bio-diesel production.
- Early morning: two practice sessions, 45-minutes and 30-minutes.
- Noon: qualifying - drivers are divided into four groups of five and have 10 minutes to post their fastest time.
- Afternoon: the race, with 2 stints and 1 pit stop.
- Pitstops involve a change of car: when the battery power runs low a driver makes a timed pit stop and switches into a new fully charged car.
Races are approximately 45 minutes in length.
For the first season, all teams were supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT 01E. 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. Michelin will be the official tyre supplier. For the first season, 42 electric cars have been ordered by the series, with four cars made available to each of the ten teams and two cars kept for testing purposes.
The 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 had remained the series test driver.
The second season will see the technical regulations change to allow for new powertrain manufacturers. The manufacturers will be able to build the electric motor, inverter, gearbox and cooling system. The chassis and battery will stay the same. The series announced that eight manufacturers will compete in the 2015-16 season, with existing teams Andretti, Abt Sportsline, Venturi Automobiles, and Virgin Racing Engineering all electing to build their own powertrain. In addition, Motomatica, NEXTEV TCR and Renault Sport will provide for customer teams.
The calendar consisted of 11 races held in 10 different host cities: Beijing, Putrajaya, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Long Beach, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Moscow and finally London, where last two rounds of the championship took place.
The first Formula E race at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit on 13 September 2014 was won by Lucas Di Grassi, after Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost crashed out on the final corner. In the course of the season, there were 7 different race winners: Sébastien Buemi (three times), Sam Bird (twice), Nelson Piquet Jr. (twice), António Félix da Costa, Nicolas Prost, Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Lucas Di Grassi. The championship was decided with the last race in London, where Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first Formula E champion, only a single point ahead of Sébastien Buemi. The team championship was decided on the second to last race, with e.dams Renault (232 points) winning ahead of Dragon Racing (171 points).
The second season of Formula E will be held from October 2015 to June 2016. The calendar will probably be expanded to 12 cities. The season will see the introduction of eight manufacturers, who will be allowed to change certain parts of the car.
Records correct up to and including the 2015 London ePrix
|Season||Championship for Drivers||Championship for Teams|
|2014–15||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||NEXTEV Team China Racing||Spark-Renault SRT_01E||e.dams-Renault||Spark-Renault SRT_01E|
Wins by driver
|3||Sébastien Buemi||2014/15 - PDE, MCO, LON1|
|2||Sam Bird||2014/15 - PUT, LON2|
|Nelson Piquet, Jr.||2014/15 - LBH, MSC|
|1||Lucas di Grassi||2014/15 - BEI|
|António Félix da Costa||2014/15 - BUE|
|Nicolas Prost||2014/15 - MIA|
|Jérôme d'Ambrosio||2014/15 - BER|
Formula E provides comprehensive live television coverage shown via major broadcasters around the globe (FOX Sports, ITV4, CCTV-5, Sky Deutschland, Viasat, Canal+ / Sport+, Energy (Spain), TV Asahi). Production is carried out by Aurora Media Worldwide.
Four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti joined the host television commentary team for the FIA Formula E Championship. Franchitti acts as co-commentator alongside lead commentator Jack Nicholls. Anchoring the coverage will be presenter and pitlane reporter Nicki Shields.
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