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Ryan.
post Sep 10 2014, 09:54 PM
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Well I've just discovered an article on BBC about a new racing series called 'Formula E' that begins this weekend in Beijing. It's the first ever fully-electric racing series and has some very unique features. It's a 10-race season that culminates in a London street race next June.

All practice, qualifying and race sessions will happen on the same day and the approximately 45-minute long race will include on mandatory pit stop as the driver will need to switch to a new fully charged car! There are 20 drivers in 10 teams, including many former F1 drivers, and "to immerse fans into the world of Formula E they will play music during the event and have a 'fanboost', where three drivers with the most social media votes will have the power of their cars increased from 133kw to 200kw prior to the race so that they can use a 'boost' of 90hp during the proceedings."

It all sounds very crazy but very interesting. It is being shown here in the UK on ITV4 on Saturday morning so I think I'm going to give it a watch!

For more information check out these links:
BBC Sport: What is Formula E?
FIA Formula E official website
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post Sep 12 2014, 06:14 PM
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I'm looking forward to seeing this too. Glad that ITV4 have got it.

Has the potential to be quite exciting hopefully.

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post Sep 13 2014, 10:15 AM
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So my man Heidfeld almost won that race.. There was huge crash between him and Nico Prost in the final corner..

Nick was behind Nico who was in the lead, and Nico just moved into Heidfeld when Hei started to overtake him..




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post Sep 13 2014, 10:19 AM
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This actually is getting a lot of exposure on internet

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post Sep 13 2014, 10:32 AM
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Didn't imagine there would be a thread on this, will transfer from my F1 post...


It was quite enjoyable overall, not a huge amount of action but with the cars so similar and on street circuits that was always fairly likely, enough to keep me interested in it though, even before the shunt. So gutted for Nick, deserved to win it sad.gif A shame it's over 2 months to the next race.

The full line-up:

VIRGIN
Sam Bird
Jaime Alguersuari

MAHINDRA
Karun Chandhok
Bruno Senna

DRAGON
Oriol Servia
Jerome d'Ambrosio

E.DAMS RENAULT
Nicolas Prost
Sebastien Buemi

TRULLI
Jarno Trulli
Michela Cerruti

AUDI ABT
Lucas di Grassi
Daniel Abt

VENTURI
Nick Heidfeld
Stephane Sarrazin

ANDRETTI
Franck Montagny
Charles Pic

AMLIN AGURI
Takuma Sato
Katherine Legge

CHINA
Ho-Pin Tung
Nelson Piquet Jr.

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post Sep 13 2014, 12:22 PM
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I watched some of this. It was very whiny, it pretty much sounded like a huge scalextric. Which I guess it is.
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post Sep 13 2014, 03:13 PM
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That crash between Prost and Heidfeld was quite terrifying, especially the way that the Venturi seemed to fall apart but it was very pleasing to see Heidfeld walk away from the accident. I doubt we'll see those massive curbs in future races after the way that car was launched into the air, Prost definitely deserves a penalty for the next race as that was completely his fault in my eyes.

Overall, I enjoyed watching the race and the crash at the end definitely gave it that something extra - and also the press coverage that the series needs. I definitely think there is potential, and a few things do need changing slightly such as making the graphics clearer, simpler and more regular; making the music louder as it sounded a bit empty at some points; and making the pit lane/car change sequence a bit easier to follow with some real-time graphics rather than just a summary of the pit lane times once it has happened.

But yes I definitely see potential in this and I'm sure things will be "tidied up" with regards to the coverage as the season progresses as I remember it took F1 a bit of time to get their graphics properly working when they changed to the new graphics a few years ago.
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post Sep 13 2014, 04:17 PM
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Nicolas Prost has been given a 10-place grid penalty for the next race which isn't until the end of November. A big crash indeed especially like Ryan said with how the Venturi seemed to fall apart. Glad that Heidfeld was fine. He started from 17th, Heidfeld did. Prost sort of veered to the left.

Early days yet. Hoping this isn't another A1 GP.
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post Sep 14 2014, 08:30 AM
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10 places back is a VERY light penalty considering what he did and his interview afterwards where he actually put all the blame on Heidfeld.

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making the music louder


Are you serious? I found the music terribly annoying, they need to get rid of that ASAP, IMO. biggrin.gif

And the 10-minute warm up lap was ridiculous.
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post Sep 14 2014, 02:31 PM
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QUOTE(zechhh @ Sep 14 2014, 09:30 AM) *
Are you serious? I found the music terribly annoying, they need to get rid of that ASAP, IMO. biggrin.gif

And the 10-minute warm up lap was ridiculous.


Haha, well one of the key points they seemed to make about this series was that we, as well as the spectators at the track, would get a unique musical soundtrack during the race so if that's the case, then we need to be able to hear the music properly. But I'd prefer either louder music or no music at all to what we had on Saturday. It wasn't too big a deal though.
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post Jan 6 2015, 06:38 PM
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Will anyone be watching the next race in Argentina on Saturday?

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post Jan 11 2015, 11:22 AM
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Did anyone watch the race in Argentina?

I felt it was quite an exciting race although there is now a 2 month break until the next race in Miami.
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post Jan 11 2015, 04:36 PM
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Yep, fantastic race! So much drama at the front, I couldn't quite believe it! laugh.gif

Formula E is definitely succeeding in creating end-of-race drama every race with the likes of the Heidfeld/Prost crash in Beijing, Senna's crash in Putrajaya, Vergne's car stopping in Punta del Este and now Heidfeld's drive thru and di Grassi's crash (amongst other things!) in Buenos Aires.
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I am waiting for that...
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post Mar 14 2015, 06:25 PM
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Tonight the Miami race on ITV4 from 7pm.

Hopefully will be just as exciting as the opening four races of the season.

Jean-Eric Vergne on pole for the race.

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post Mar 30 2015, 11:55 AM
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Next race in Long Beach on ITV4 on Saturday from 11pm. Late start with the race on at midnight.

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post Apr 3 2015, 02:39 PM
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Anyone going to stay up late and watch the Long Beach race at midnight?

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post May 7 2015, 07:03 AM
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Formula E back on Saturday with it taking place at Monte Carlo. Could they have their seventh different winner in as many races?

Anyone going to watch on Saturday?

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post May 9 2015, 09:14 AM
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ITV4 will be showing the qualifying and race live. They haven't shown the qualifying at all this season. So this will the first time that they've shown qualifying live.

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post May 9 2015, 06:29 PM
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Did anyone see the Formula E race at Monaco?

With this crash at the start:



Another win for Buemi who breaks the chain of different winners in as many races.

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