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The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric racing series. Formula E brings electrifying street racing to some of the world’s leading cities, competing against the backdrop of iconic skylines such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome.

The inaugural season sparked into life in September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing. Now entering its fourth year, the 2017/2018 season will see 10 teams and 20 drivers compete in 11 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned Formula E champion.

Formula E is a competitive platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies, acting as a catalyst for sustainable mobility solutions - helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and improving the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.

The Event

One of the great things about Formula E is that everything takes place in one day; practice, qualifying and the race. Here’s how it works…

Early Morning

  • 08.00 – 08.45 - Free Practice 1
  • 10.30 – 11.00 - Free Practice 2

Race day begins with two free practice sessions*. If they need to change cars, each driver has them both charged up ready to go. Drivers can use full power (200kw/270bhp) on a maximum of two laps across these two sessions.
* Apart from the second day of a double-header where there is just one morning practice

Lunchtime

  • 12.00 – 13.00 – Qualifying
  • 4 Groups of 5 Cars

Now things really start to hot up. This is a pedal-to-the-metal fight for the fastest lap time. Each driver can only use one of their cars and has only one full power lap available to him, so it’s crucial they nail it.
The fastest driver from each group goes into the Superpole shootout, and this is where the order for the big race is decided. Not only that, but the polesitter gets three precious points before the big race even starts.

Late Afternoon

  • 16.00 – 17.00 - E-Prix (Race)
  • Mandatory Pitstop to Change Cars

This is it. It's a standing start for the drivers and a compulsory pit stop so they can change cars. Every car is restricted to a maximum power output of 180kw.
The standard FIA points system* is in operation here. The driver that sets the fastest lap time gets one extra point, but - as ever - there are only three places on the podium and one trophy at the end of the season.

Points
*1st = 25pts, 2nd = 18pts, 3rd = 15pts, 4th = 12pts, 5th = 10pts, 6th = 8pts, 7th = 6pts, 8th = 4pts, 9th = 2pts and 10th = 1pt.
FL = 1pt.
Pole = 3pts

Tyres & allocation
The official tyre supplier is Michelin. For each race event, each driver is supplied with four new front tyres and four new rear tyres, plus one front and one rear tyre from the previous event.

Music

With Virgin’s heritage and roots, would we ever take part in an event like this if there wasn’t music? No chance! Formula E is not just about motorsport. As a global entertainment brand with city-centre racing at its heart, music plays an important role in the series.
The vision of Formula E is to provide fans with amazing entertainment both on and off the track with the inclusion of great DJs, bands and artists playing live in the eVillage (fan zone). Previous races have seen the likes of renowned DJs Felix Jaehn and Carl Cox play to fans ensuring a great day out for everyone. There’s even the resident Formula E ‘EJ’, playing throughout the day and well into the night.

Image of a DJ waving at the crowd at a Formula E after party event Image of DJ decks
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eGaming

With Formula E, it’s not just about watching the action, it’s also about experiencing it. For fans attending the race, there is the eRace; an exhibition gaming event that takes place within the eVillage. One driver per team, including one lucky fan, get to go head-to-head in a simulator race in front of thousands of attendees, with the whole event broadcast live via YouTube.
For those at home, there’s also the chance to prove yourself online. Held before each race of the Formula E season, fans simply have to log onto Forza Motorsport 6 and visit the ‘Rivals’ mode. There, they will find the Formula E Race Off Pro Series event and have the chance to set their fastest times in hot lap competitions.

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