What's Formula E?

Formula E is the world's first fully-electric racing series and started its first season on September 13, 2014. Ten teams with a total of 20 drivers – many of these former Formula 1 drivers – are initially competing against each other in ten large cities worldwide. The organising FIA (Féderation International de l'Automobile), that also organises Formula 1, wants to take a completely different path with the series and appeal to new target groups – mainly young people. For example, the season takes place counter cyclically from most other racing series in the winter half-year.

Environmental friendliness, economy and sustainability are the focus points of the overall concept. The Formula E series should provide a competitive environment for the automotive industry to advance the development of the electric car (mainly in large cities).

Indeed more and more automobile manufacturers show their strong interest to be part of the FIA Formula E Championship in the near future. BMW, Mercedes, Toyota etc. are currently negotiating to enter the racing series in one of the upcoming seasons.

The tire manufacturer Michelin is only providing a single tire version that resembles a conventional road tire, will not be changed for the whole race weekend and should be driven on both dry as well as wet sections. Newly designed road circuits in the city centres of this world are used as venues to bring the event directly to the spectators. eMobility, especially in the urban environment, is an important topic.

The Car – ABT Schaeffler FE 02

The Race

The complete "race weekend" takes place in each case on one day (Saturday): Free practice in the morning, qualifying at midday in four randomly drawn groups of five (to prevent traffic disruptions on the narrow routes) and race in the afternoon. All times in the schedule are the respective local times. The race itself takes approximately 55 minutes and requires two pit stops per team.

The Schedule

08:00 – 08:45 am: 1. Free Practice (45 min)
10:30 – 11:00 am: 2. Free Practice (30 min)
12:00 – 12:06 pm: Qualifying Group 1 (6 min)
12:10 – 12:16 pm: Qualifying Group 2 (6 min)
12:20 – 12:26 pm: Qualifying Group 3 (6 min)
12:30 – 12:36 pm: Qualifying Group 4 (6 min)
12:45 – 01:00 pm: Qualifying - Super-Pole (15 min)
04:00 – 04:55 pm: Race (approx. 55 min)

Further appointments on the race day

10:00 am: Lottery of the qualifying groups
11:10 – 11:40 am: Pit walk and VIP Lanes
01:50 – 02:30 pm: Autograph sessions
02:10 – 02:40 pm: Pit walk VIPs and VIP Lanes
03:33 - 03:53 pm: Grid walk VIPs
05:05 pm: Podium ceremony

The Energy

The rechargeable batteries of the electric cars (developed by Williams) for the time being only keep their capacity for 25 minutes. This makes a vehicle change in the middle of the race necessary because a battery replacement would be too time-consuming. Solutions for wireless charging are currently being developed; these are already in use for the safety and medical cars (both BMW).

The Fanboost

Fans can give their favourite driver an extra speed boost by voting for them both prior to and during the opening six minutes of the race. Voting opens six days prior to the race with the three winning drivers receiving an additional 100kJ of energy in their second car only to be used for overtaking or to defend themselves in a power window of 180kW and 200kW. When deploying FanBoost it can only be used once, a series of short bursts will not be possible.

There are three ways to do the fanboost vote:

Via the official FanBoost-Website: fiaformulae.com/fanboost
Via the official Formel-E-App (App Store & Google Play)
Via Twitter by using two hashtags in one tweet (#FanBoost #FirstNameSecondname of the driver / #fanboost #LucasDiGrassi e.g.)

Initiator Jean Todt

Jean Todt

French former racecar driver, ex-Formula 1 manager, Managing Director (CEO) at Ferrari from October 2006 to March 2008, President of the global automobile federation FIA since October 2009.

FIA Promoter Alejandro Agag

Alejandro Agag

Spanish entrepreneur and former politician of the conservative Partido Popular, member of the European Parliament as well as General Secretary of the European Peoples Party 1999-2002. Son-in-law of the former Spanish Chief Minister José María Aznar. Founder & CEO of Formula E Holdings.