Formula E

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Formula E
FIA Formula E Championship logo.gif
Category Single-seater
Country International
Inaugural season 2014–15
Drivers 20
Teams 10
Constructors Spark-Dallara
Tyre suppliers Michelin
Drivers' champion Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
(NEXTEV TCR)
Teams' champion France e.dams Renault
Official website FIAFormulaE.com
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 series was conceived in 2012, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing on 13 September 2014.[1]

Specifications[edit]

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.[2]

Overview[edit]

  • 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)[3][4]
  • The generators used to re-charge the batteries are powered by Glycerine, a by-product of bio-diesel production.[5]

Event[edit]

  • 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.

Points 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

Car[edit]

Main article: Spark-Renault SRT_01E

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.[6][7][8] 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.[9]

The 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 had remained the series test driver.[11]

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.[12]

Seasons[edit]

2014–15[edit]

Abt during the Formula E race in Berlin Tempelhof, 2015.

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).

2015–16[edit]

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[edit]

Records correct up to and including the 2015 London ePrix

Champions[edit]

Season Championship for Drivers Championship for Teams
Driver Team Car Team Car
2014–15 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. China NEXTEV Team China Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E France e.dams-Renault Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Wins by driver[edit]

No. Driver/s Events
3 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2014/15 - PDE, MCO, LON1
2 United Kingdom Sam Bird 2014/15 - PUT, LON2
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2014/15 - LBH, MSC
1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2014/15 - BEI
Portugal António Félix da Costa 2014/15 - BUE
France Nicolas Prost 2014/15 - MIA
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2014/15 - BER

Television[edit]

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[13]).[14][15] Production is carried out by Aurora Media Worldwide.[16]

Four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti joined the host television commentary team for the FIA Formula E Championship.[17] Franchitti acts as co-commentator alongside lead commentator Jack Nicholls.[18] Anchoring the coverage will be presenter and pitlane reporter Nicki Shields.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "FIA Formula E Championship". fia.com. 
  3. ^ Allianz (2003-04-12). "Formula Williams F1 - All Ears". Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ William Hamby (2004). "Ultimate Sound Pressure Level Decibel Table". 
  5. ^ "Formula E power generation". 
  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" (PDF). 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". WilliamsF1.com (Williams F1). 11 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Formula E buys 42 electric racers for 2014 circuit". green.autoblog.com. 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Di Grassi revealed as Formula E test driver". Pitpass.com. 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. ^ "Eight manufacturers to enter Formula E next season". Formula E Operations (FIA Formula E Championship). 23 February 2015. 
  13. ^ FIA Formula E. "Television". 
  14. ^ "Formula E goes free-to-air in China". Current E : Your guide to Formula E. 
  15. ^ FIA Formula E. "CANAL to televise Formula E live for three seasons - Official FIA Formula E Championship". 
  16. ^ "FIA Formula E Championship". fia.com. 
  17. ^ FIA Formula E. "Dario Franchitti joins Formula E TV commentary team". 
  18. ^ http://www.jacknicholls.co.uk/
  19. ^ "Nicki Shields - Scientist, TV Presenter & Broadcaster". 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Nissan GT Academy
Autosport
Pioneering and Innovation Award

2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent