Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series, featuring some of the worlds best drivers.
Races are held on street circuits in the heart of 10 leading cities around the world.
Social media and fan interaction plays a role in Formula E, with fans being able to vote to give their favourite driver an extra speed boost during the race using #FanBoost.
The series acts as R&D for electric vehicles, aiming to increase their popularity with the public, whilst promoting sustainability at every opportunity.
- Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h (0-62mph) in 3 secs
- Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140mph)
All teams in Formula E race with the electric Spark Renault STR 01E pictured above. Each team will be provided four cars, two for each driver. Car batteries hold an initial 30 minute charge, so drivers are required to make a mandatory pit stop during the race to change car.
The chassis has been designed by Dallara. McLaren provide the electric powertrain (the same as in it’s P1 supercar), whilst Williams will provide the 200kw batteries. Renault will be the championships technical partner.
Michelin supply the tyres for Formula E. With sustainability and cost saving paramount, the unique 18-inch tyres are extremely durable (able to last an entire race event) and capable of racing in both wet-dry conditions, meaning no individual wet weather tyres.
Unlike some other racing categories each round of the Formula E championship is a one day event, with the race timetable set out as follows:
- 2 extra points are awarded to the driver who qualifies in Pole Position
- 3 extra points are awarded to the driver who records the Fastest Race Lap
In the week leading up to an ePrix, fans can vote for which driver they would like to receive a 5 second power boost to use when they choose to during a race.
The three drivers who receive the most votes will be awarded this FanBoost, which see’s the car’s battery power temporarily increased from 150kw (race mode), to 180kw.
In season 2 the aim is to introduce Live FanBoost voting, so that fans can vote during the race to assist drivers as events unfold.
Votes can be made on the Official Formula E FanBoost page, or via the #FanBoost mobile app.