What's Formula E?

Formula E is the world's first fully-electric racing series and started its first season on September 13, 2014. Eleven teams with a total of 22 drivers – many of these former Formula 1 drivers – are initially competing against each other in twelve large cities across five continents. Newly designed road circuits in the city centers 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 organizing FIA (Féderation International de l'Automobile), that also organizes 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.

Audi now became the first German automobile manufacturer to compete in Formula E season 2017/18, after nearly 40 years of being successfully active in motorsport on the highest level.

BMW and Nissan are joining the race series already in this season – Porsche Motorsport and Mercedes will follow in 2019/2020.

The tire manufacturer Michelin is only provider for tires.

Only the tires which have been provided at the event by FIA-appointed suppliers may be used throughout the event. Per Event, each race number may use no more than 4 new rear and 4 new front all-weather tires of the same specification.

The Car – The Audi e-tron FE05

The Key Facts of the Audi e-tron FE04

• Power: 250 kW

• 2.8 sec. 0-100 km/h

• 280 km/h top speed

• battery capacity: 52 kWh

• battery can be charged within 45 minutes

• brake-by-wire-system

The Rules and Regulations

You can’t move the goalposts in motorsport, so what are the hard and fast rules to know when watching Formula E. Below is a brief overview of the rules and regulations - we won’t get too technical though. For a detailed look at the rules and regulations, you can visit the FIA website.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship consists of two separate titles - one dedicated to the drivers and another dedicated to the teams. The drivers’ championship is decided by their end of season total, made of his or her best results over the entire campaign. The teams’ championship is made up by calculating both driver’s scores throughout the season.

Race day format

The complete "race weekend" takes place in each case on one day (preferably Saturday):

Each event has two free practice sessions - an opening 45-minute session followed by a further 30-minute session. Only one 45-minute session is held on the second day of a double-header. Here the teams and drivers take to the track for the first time in earnest – allowing them to get a feel for the track and adapt to the car set-up. Maximum accessible power of the car at the free practice sessions shall be 250 kW.

The qualifying session lasts max. 90 minutes and sees drivers divided into four groups of a maximum of six cars each, based on the provisional general classification of the Championship. Each driver has six minutes to set their best time, with the top-six drivers proceeding to the Super Pole shoot-out in a bid to secure Julius Baer Pole Position and an additional three points. The Super Pole takes place on the day of the race at least one hour after the end of the free practice session. Maximum accessible power of the car at the free practice sessions shall be 250 kW.

The race itself is timed to 45 minutes and plus one lap to reach the chequered flag.

Points system

Formula E follows a standard points system, used in other FIA-sanctioned series - awarding points to the top-10 finishers.

1st - 25pts

2nd - 18pts

3rd - 15pts

4th - 12pts

5th - 10pts

6th - 8pts

7th - 6pts

8th - 4pts

9th - 2pts

10th - 1pt

Pole position – 3pts

Fastest Lap – 1pts (if in a top-10 finishing position)

The driver starting at the front (Julius Baer Pole Position) picks-up an extra three points, while the driver setting the pace during the race (Visa Fastest Lap) receives an additional point. However, as a new rule introduced for Season Four, the driver must finish in the top-10 places to gain an extra point. If not, then the driver in the top-10 with the fastest lap takes the honour.

The Schedule

One of the many aspects unique to Formula E is that all the racing action takes place on a single day. A typical race day looks like this:

Free practice 1: 45 minutes
Free practice 2: 30 minutes (at double-header events only on the first race day)
Qualifying: 4 groups of 6 minutes each (every driver has a timed lap with 250 kW output) max. 90 minutes

Super Pole: one lap each of the 6 fastest drivers
Race: timed to 45 minutes plus an extra lap

Double-header events are held on two days. Each race is treated like an independent ePrix. Formula E eliminated the second free practice of a double-header race on Sundays. One single session of 45 minutes will take place on the second day if the event comprises two races.

Here are the detailed program:

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 (45 min. plus an extra additional lap)

Further appointments on the race day

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
05:15 pm: Podium ceremony

The Energy

While the championship might be only five years old, the technology racing around the circuit is ever-changing. Season 5 will see 22 Gen2 cars racing around the track in anger for the very first time.

The new generation of Formula E racing car has double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car which means that the drivers don’t switch cars during the race. With 250 kW of power, the Gen2 will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8-seconds and go on to a top speed of 280 km/h.

The drivers are also going to be able to access a higher power in addition to FANBOOST by passing through a so called activation zone marked out and visible on the road. When a driver passes through the activation zone, they will be able to access 225kW of power instead of 200kW available during the race. The new illuminated FIA halo head protection device will show different colors for each of the two power modes. The exact number of uses and duration of the access to the higher power mode will vary at each event and will be determined by the FIA.

The Fanboost

Fans can give their favorite 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 power boost of 100kJ. The teams and drivers can decide when to activate the FANBOOST throughout the race within the limits set by the FIA. The three drivers with the largest number of votes will receive the FanBoost.

There are three ways to vote for the FanBoost:

Via the official FanBoost-Website: fanboost fiaformulae
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.)

FIA Motorsports President Jean Todt

FIA Motorsports President 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.

CEO FIA Formula E Holdings Alejandro Agag

CEO FIA Formula E Holdings 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.

Teams

Teams

  • Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler: Lucas Di Grassi, Daniel Abt
  • BMW i. ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT: Antonio Felix da Costa, Alexander Sims
  • Dragon: Jose Maria Lopez, Antonio Fuoco
  • Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne, Andre Lotterer
  • Virgin Racing: Sam Bird, Robin Frijns
  • HWA: Gary Paffett, Stoffel Vandoorne
  • Panasonic Jaguar Racing: Nelson Piquet jr., Mitch Evans
  • Mahindra Racing: Pascal Wehrlein, Jerome d’Ambrosio
  • NIO Formula E Team: Oliver Turvey, Tom Dillmann
  • Nissan e.dams: Sebastian Buemi, Alexander Albon
  • Venturi: Felipe Massa, Edoardo Mortara