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Did anyone watch the inaugural Formula E race? If you didn't, you did not miss anything except a little road rage accident on the final turn. The cars looked like they were going 35 mph, the sound was very odd and uninspiring. The track seemed very slow and overall I thought it was immensely boring.
 

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Did anyone watch the inaugural Formula E race? If you didn't, you did not miss anything except a little road rage accident on the final turn. The cars looked like they were going 35 mph, the sound was very odd and uninspiring. The track seemed very slow and overall I thought it was immensely boring.
I wasn't expecting it to be very exciting but I honestly enjoyed it! Lots of overtaking and some drivers put on a great show. Really wanted Heidfeld to win this race, but oh well... It would have been his first victory in a single seater since 1999! The cars sounded a bit annoying, but they sounded surprisingly alright when on-board and it was weird to hear the cars changing gears.

The sports has lots of room for improvement, and the cars should get faster every year, it's very promising in my opinion.

Oh, and the i8 SC looked great! :D
 

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the interesting thing for sure is to see how the cars develop... changing cars at pit stop is kinda funny for now...

can't help feeling that the sound was just like my scalextric set mind.. something we'll have to get used to...
 

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Porsche unveils first Formula E car
Daniel Herrero
By DANIEL HERRERO
THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST, 2019 - 12:41PM
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The Porsche 99X Electric
Porsche has taken the covers off the car with which it will debut in Formula E this coming season.
Named the ‘99X Electric’, the car will carry Porsche’s traditional motorsport colours of white, red, and black, and features the same powertrain as in the German marque’s Taycan sportscar.
“In hindsight, we laid the foundations for Porsche’s future involvement in Formula E during the LMP1 project,” said Malte Huneke, its Technical Project Leader for Formula E.
“We used the insights gained during that time in the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain. We focused on building a highly effective powertrain with the highest level of efficiency.
“In recent months, we have been able to sound out the reliability of the Porsche Formula E powertrain on the racetrack and on the test bench.
“We are very pleased and are optimistic going into the final preparations for the first race.”
Regarding the ’99X’ moniker, a Porsche release states that: “The highest number, nine, was used twice, to re-emphasise the importance of the Formula E project for Porsche, while the X stands for the forward-looking approach and prototype racing.”
Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani will race for Porsche in its first season in Formula E.
Official pre-season testing takes place at Valencia in October before a double-header to open the 2019/20 season in Riyadh on November 22-23.

 

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Mercedes unveils Formula E car and drivers
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By MAT COCH
THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 - 9:38AM
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Mercedes has unveiled its 2019/20 Formula E racer
The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has broken cover ahead of its inaugural season in the all-electric formula later this year.
As part of the launch at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the team pulled the covers back on its car, the Silver Arrow 01, and confirmed Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries as drivers.
“In Stoffel and Nyck, we have recruited two formidable and adaptable drivers who can continue to learn and grow with us in our debut season in Formula E,” said team principal Ian James.
“At Mercedes-Benz, we can look back on 125 years in motor racing.
“However, we know that Formula E is very different from any other series we have ever competed in.
“We are doing everything we can to achieve success, but we know that we have a steep learning curve ahead of us.”
Vandoorne joined the Formula E grid last season after being dumped out of Formula 1 by McLaren in favour of Lando Norris for 2019.
Racing for HWA Racelab he picked up a best result of third in Rome, while Formula 2 championship leader de Vries is poised to make his Formula E debut.
“It’s a very special feeling to be asked to drive for Mercedes-Benz EQ in Formula E, and I am honoured that the team have chosen me as one of their two drivers,” said de Vries.
“Formula E is a great platform that has already established itself as one of the biggest and most professional racing series outside Formula 1.
“Mercedes are aiming to be contenders for race wins and championship trophies,” he added.
“Hopefully, this will happen sooner rather than later. But until then, the team and I expect a steep learning curve before we can become truly competitive.”
Mercedes will join Porsche on the grid as new entries in the forthcoming campaign,
The 2019/20 Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on November 22-23.

 

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Formula E gains world championship status for season 7!
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Phillip van Osten
03/12/2019


The all-electric Formula E series has been granted full world championship status by the FIA following a vote from the governing body's World Motor Sport Council.
The agreement was signed in Paris on Tuesday by FIA president Jean Todt and FE chairman Alejandro Agag.
The 'world championship' label further validates Formula E's prestige among motorsport's International series five years after its launch in Beijing in September 2014.
"It was always our ambition to one day become a FIA world championship," said Agag.
"Everything we have done and delivered to this point has been working towards this particular moment in time.
"Achieving the feat and being granted with FIA world championship status adds more credibility to what is already a fully-fledged formula of racing and a spectacular sporting product.
"This agreement and announcement truly puts Formula E in the top tier of international single-seater racing.
"It has been a tremendous effort from many people involved and none of it would have been possible without the support of FIA President Jean Todt and the federation, as well as the dedication and commitment shown by our teams and partners.
"Now we can say we have done it. But it is only the beginning of a new chapter under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship."

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The automotive industry's paradigm shift to electric mobility has spurred investment in FE from BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar, DS Automobiles, NIO and Nissan.
"The creation and development of Formula E have been a great adventure," said president Todt.
"I am proud that today we confirm its FIA world championship status. Since we started this journey, Formula E has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength.
"Within a short timeframe, the series has proven itself relevant for the automotive industry with two more major car manufacturers having joined the series at the start of the current season, bringing their total number to ten.
"The commitment and professionalism of those manufacturers and their respective teams is mirrored in the quality of the driver roster which has improved with every season.
"Since its first race in Beijing in 2014 and with every E-Prix thereafter, Formula E has proven that the concept of cutting-edge electric racing works.
"I wholeheartedly welcome Formula E as the latest FIA world championship."
Formula E's season 6 kicked off in Saudi Arabia last month and will feature 14 rounds, with a season finale taking place in London in July.

 

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FIA LAUNCHES INVITATIONS TO TENDER FOR FORMULA E
17.12.19
Three new invitations to tender announced for the Gen3 car that debuts in 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

The FIA and the Formula E promoter have agreed on key requirements for the Gen3 project. The aim is to have a Formula E car which matches the ambitions of the championship in the future and further increases the entertainment value for fans. The new cars are set to have a higher performance level than the current Gen2 cars, and at the same time be lighter and more agile to maintain one of the special features of Formula E, which is street racing in city centres.
The Gen3 cars will also showcase the continued improvements made in the development of electric vehicles. An important area of the technology included in the next generation Formula E car will be the enabling of fast charging. While it adds interest from the sporting perspective, reducing the charging time of electric vehicles remains an important factor for the improvement of electric mobility for everyday users.
Consistent with the above brief, three new invitations to tender have been launched for the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship car:
  1. Battery
  2. Chassis including front powertrain
  3. Tyres
Potential bidders interested in being part of the technical development of the next generation Formula E car (Gen3) are invited to submit their tenders and are permitted to bid for more than one tender.
 

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McLaren looking at Formula E team entry for 2023

Connor McDonagh
12 Dec 2020


McLaren CEO Zak Brown says the team is considering entering Formula E when its new generation of car is introduced in 2023.

The team is currently unable to compete in the championship as McLaren Applied has been the series’ battery supplier since 2018.

2023 will see Formula E introduce its Gen 3 car and the batteries for it will be supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering.
“We’ve been precluded from competing in Formula E because we were the battery supplier,” Brown said. “So within that FIA tender, we’re not allowed to compete as a team.

“With the new generation car coming in 2023 and us no longer being the exclusive battery supplier, that’s a racing series that we find very interesting. So that’s something that we are starting to look at more closely."

In the last month, Audi and BMW have announced they would be withdrawing from Formula E at the end of the 2020/21 season.

When asked whether it was a concern major manufacturers were leaving the series, he said: “Of course you have to ask yourself why. But it’s deep with manufacturers support. So I’m ultimately not concerned. But you do get to the bottom of why have they left.
“Any time teams or manufacturers leave a series, you have to ask why. I don’t know. Obviously, Audi’s announced that they’re going and getting in Dakar and LMDh, so that’s great. With them being in the same family as Porsche and Porsche being in there maybe their strategy is Porsche should do that, Audi should be somewhere else.

“It started off being very inexpensive and then it skyrocketed, which is what happens. Now it looks like they’re going to cap that quickly before it further grows.”

McLaren returned to IndyCar full-time in 2020 as it linked up with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to form Arrow McLaren SP.
Brown says McLaren is keeping its option as it considers the World Endurance Championship or Formula E as potential championships to compete in.
"Those two series have our attention, and we want to get through this season, we want to make sure that anything we do is not a distraction to our Formula 1 efforts," Brown added.
"We layered In IndyCar, and I think we've had a very successful year after a bumpy start in 2019. Those two are something that we're looking at. [It is] the same criteria that we have on IndyCar: do we think we can be competitive? Do we think it's commercially and fiscally sustainable? Do we think it fits our brand?

"I think both those series tick all those boxes, so it's all about layering them in from a timing perspective if we're going to do either."
 

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Mercedes-EQ announces its withdrawal from Formula E

By Balazs Szabo on 18 Aug 2021, 15:38

Mercedes-Benz has today announced that it will conclude its involvement in the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team at the end of Season 8, bringing its tenure in the fully-electric single-seater series to an end after just three seasons.

Mercedes entered the FIA Formula E series in Season 6, albeit it already worked with the HWA Racelab outfit in Season 5 which laid the foundations for Mercedes' Formula E entry for the following year.

A first Mercedes win for Stoffel Vandoorne in the final round of Season 6 was followed by a strong start to Season 7, setting up the team's championship challenge in only its second season. This culminated last weekend in Berlin when Nyck de Vries and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team became the first ever all-electric motorsport world champions, by winning the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Drivers' and Teams' titles.

In parallel, Mercedes-Benz made the strategic announcement in late July that the brand will be ready to go all-electric at the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.

As part of the new strategic direction, the brand has deliberately chosen to shift resources for this accelerated ramp-up of electrification, including the development of three electric-only architectures to be launched in 2025. Therefore, Mercedes will reallocate resource away from its ABB FIA Formula E World Championship programme and towards applying the lessons learned in competition to product development in series.

Ian James, Team Principal, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team commented: “We have been extremely fortunate to enjoy the support of Mercedes-Benz in building a class-leading Formula E operation over the past few seasons.

“I would like to thank the company for its trust and support in our journey so far - and all the way through to what we hope will be a successful conclusion to Season 8 with a strong championship challenge. Although Mercedes-Benz has decided to leave, we recognise the value and power of Formula E; therefore, we will be exploring the best options for the team to continue competing beyond Season 8.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport & CEO, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team: “We entered Formula E with an open mind about the series and its innovative approach to motorsport. A lot of hard work went into building the team and making it competitive - and we have seen an incredible group of talented women and men deliver at the highest level.

“We can be proud of our achievements and especially the double world championship won last weekend in Berlin, which will stand as an historic milestone in the long motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz. We will be giving everything to make sure that we finish our Formula E adventure in style in Season 8.”
 

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Formula E and the FIA revealed the third-generation race car for the all-electric open-wheel series

Performance parameters given for the new car include:

• Fastest Formula E car yet with a top speed over 322kph / 200mph.


• Most efficient formula racing car ever with more than 40% of the energy used within a race produced by regenerative braking.

• Around 95% power efficiency from an electric motor delivering up to 350kW of power (470hp), compared to approximately 40% for an internal combustion engine.

• First-ever formula car with both front and rear powertrains. A new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.

• Ultra-high speed charging capability of 600kW for additional energy during a race, almost double the power of the most advanced commercial chargers in the world.

• The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes with the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.

Every aspect of Gen3 production has been tailored for high-performance racing while utilizing sustainable materials and methods. Natural materials have been introduced to tires, batteries and bodywork construction:

• Gen3 batteries are among the most advanced, sustainable batteries ever made consisting of sustainably-sourced minerals while battery cells will be reused and recycled at end of life.

• Linen and recycled carbon fiber will be used in bodywork construction for the first time in a formula car featuring recycled carbon fiber from retired Gen2 cars and reducing the overall amount of new carbon fiber used. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the production of the Gen3 bodywork more than 10%. All waste carbon fiber will be reused for new applications through adoption of an innovative process from the aviation industry.

• Natural rubber and recycled fibers will make up 26% of new Gen3 tires and all tires will be fully recycled after racing.

• The carbon footprint of the Gen3 has been measured from the design phase to inform all reduction measures taken to reduce environmental impact, while all unavoidable emissions will be offset as part of Formula E’s net zero carbon commitment.

• All Gen3 suppliers will operate in line with top international standards to reduce environmental impacts of manufacturing (ISO 14001) and be FIA Environmental Accreditation 3-Star rated.
 

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McLAREN RACING TO COMPETE IN FORMULA E FROM SEASON NINE
The team will be formed through the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team
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14.05.22
McLaren Racing will open the next phase of its electric motorsport journey when it enters the 2022/2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from Season Nine and the beginning of the Gen3 era in the pioneering all-electric race series. Formula E will join the McLaren Racing portfolio of Formula 1, IndyCar, Extreme E, and esports.
The decision to enter Formula E follows McLaren Racing signing an option in January 2021 to participate in Season Nine and a period of evaluation, during which time the team entered the Extreme E all-electric off-road series. The move into Formula E not only reflects McLaren’s commitment to EV motorsport but the aim to accelerate McLaren Racing’s sustainability journey and reach a new, more diverse global audience.
The McLaren Formula E Team will be formed through the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, expected to complete later this year, that will see the reigning champion team become part of the McLaren Racing family. Ian James will continue to lead the team, enabling a smooth transition to McLaren following the end of the current season.
Further details on the McLaren Formula E Team programme, including its driver line-up, powertrain supplier, and commercial partners, will be announced in due course.
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:
“McLaren Racing always seeks to compete against the best and on the leading edge of technology, providing our fans, partners and people with new ways to be excited, entertained and inspired. Formula E, like all our racing series, fulfils all those criteria.
“As with all forms of the sport we participate in, Formula E has racing at the centre but will be strategically, commercially and technically additive to McLaren Racing overall. It is also satisfying to provide a home for the class-leading Formula E team that Mercedes has built, which will become a fully-fledged part of the McLaren Racing family. While run separately to our F1 and IndyCar teams, Formula E complements and builds out our EV racing programme alongside Extreme E.
“I firmly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive advantage through greater understanding of EV racing, while providing a point of difference to our fans, partners and people, and continuing to drive us along our sustainability pathway.”
Ian James, Team Principal, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, said:
“Today's announcement confirms the next exciting chapter in the development of the team. Since our inception in 2019, performance, sustainability and adaptability have been the keys to our success. Mercedes-Benz have been the main enablers for this team so far and when we started this journey, we could only have hoped for the results we’ve achieved to date. The company’s clear objectives and technological expertise accelerated our ambitions, and I would like to thank them for being the most supportive owner by helping us to do what we do best: racing. Now, once again, they have been instrumental in securing the right partner to continue our Formula E journey.
“Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLaren has always been synonymous with success and high-performance. This is a great moment for all parties involved but, above all, for the people that make up this team. They are what keeps its heart beating. Being able to continue working with them is what I am most excited about.
“I'm very much looking forward for this next chapter for the team and will be a proud member of it in Season 9. Until then, we will be focused on delivering the best results possible as the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, for the remainder of the current season.”
 

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I gotta be honest, a McLaren/Tesla hybrid collaboration would be amazing IMO.
Yes and beyond hybrid era I think McLaren should align/join with Tesla - use as many of Tesla components and technology as possible. Tesla focus is on high volume mass market EV and trucking but much of its tech could be applied to the SuperCar/HyperCar market.
 
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