OTHER CITIES ON THE CARDS: London, Beijing and Los Angeles
All the cars in this FIA championship will run exclusively on electrical energy. The race has been conceptualised to assist in research and development of electric cars and hence, will be open to all manufacturers of electric cars who want to showcase their technology to world motorsport fans. However, the cars will have to be first approved by the FIA.
FORMAT OF THE EVENT
The race will consist of 10 rounds that will take place on different street circuits around the globe. To reduce costs, the practice, qualifying and the final race will happen on the same day. There will be a one-hour practice session at every circuit. The qualifying round will be of four laps and the fastest racer will make it to the finals. However, for the qualifying rounds, the drivers will be allowed to use only one car. Depending on the timings in the qualifying rounds, the drivers will get their positions for the final race. Though the engines will be restricted to power-saving mode 133kw/180bhp) the speed can be increased to maximum power (200kw/270bhp) by using the ‘Push-to-Pass’ boost system. During the final race, the driver will have to make two mandatory pit stops to change cars. Unless there’s a puncture, the teams will not be
allowed to change tyres.
The winner will be decided on the basis of the season’s aggregate. There are a few things you need to know about the formula e-car. The first being, Spark-Renault SRT-01E is the first car to be approved by the FIA. Secondly, the car is made from carbon, fibre and aluminium. All cars have to be optimised.
Plugged-in Racing is used to facilitate overtaking, tackle city roads. It should be cost-effective and comply with FIA safety regulations. While the car must showcase the latest technology, it should be a good mix of performance and cost-effectiveness.
SAFETY: All the cars will have to undergo front, side, rear and steering column impact tests and should be fitted with front and rear roll hoop, impact structures, anti-intrusion survival cell protection panels, wheel retainer safety cables and an electronically controlled extinguisher system. The safety rules will be the same as that of Formula One. Safety measures like carbon fibre front and rear impact structures, Diolen anti-intrusion side panels, cockpit head surround protection and wheel tethers will be some of the key safety pointers of the race. All the circuits will be constructed using approved crash structures and safety fences. Plus, there will be a dedicated medical team and an emergency crew.
Don’t worry, these cars will not be completely sound-free, in fact, you won’t miss the roar of Formula One cars. At top speed, these cars will produce the sound of approximately 80 decibels, which is 10 decibels more than the sound produced by average petrol cars. The cars will also be fitted with an artificial sound-producing device to alert the pit stop team about the incoming car.
The 18-inch bespoke tyres will be able to last throughout an entire race event and are exclusive to the Formula E They are usable for both wet and dry conditions and every driver will be given three sets of tyres that will cover practice, the qualifier and the race.
RULES & REGULATIONS
Though the final set of rules and regulations are still being worked upon, here are some of the key highlights.
Cameras: The cars can be fitted with one or more cameras on the roll hoop, nose cone and driver shot positions.
Charging: Though the cars can be charged in any manner prior to the event, in the pit stop they can be charged using only
FIA approved chargers.
Drivers: Two main drivers and two reserves.
Licence Right from the drivers to the officials, everyone associated with the races must hold a licence with a minimum
of Grade B FIA International driver’s licences.