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Formula E News and General Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'General Motorsport' started by cider_and_toast, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    Mexico was the race of the season for me. Di Grassi holding on to a superb win with little power left in the car and Mitch Evans taking 4th for Jaguar.

    All it all, this season has been another step forward and for once I managed to watch a significant number of races.

    I'm looking forward to next year and I hope the Jaguar team can take a significant step forward with their car. Mitch Evans has done a great job but Adam Carroll has let the side down. Given the number of manufacturers waiting to come in, at least Jag have managed a full season of experience which can only help them move forward.
     
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  3. RasputinLives

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    On that subject how pleased with themselves must the board at Mahindra be with their decision to go for it where Formula E are concerned? A manufacturer most of the world hasn't heard of who are now one of the lead teams in a formula that is going to include all of the biggest names in car production!

    They risked it for a biscuit and it paid off.
     
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  4. RasputinLives

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  5. cider_and_toast

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    I wonder how many of these incoming manufacturer teams are looking at entering as start up outfits or taking over existing teams? I haven't tracked the numbers but by 2019 we are looking at a 26 car grid at the moment aren't we?
     
  6. RasputinLives

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    BMW are taking over Andretti for sure (involvement starts next year) but I got the impression that Merc would be a brand new team. No news on Porsche but if they were new that would take the grid to 24. Right from the start Formula E had said it wanted to stretch to 12 teams.

    We have got two season before this though and the likelihood is one of the smaller teams might fall anyways. Teechetah are the only customer team.
     
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  7. teabagyokel

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    RasputinLives - I wonder if Dragon would be likely to look for a bigger (and more reliable) manufacturer than Faraday. Venturi don't seem to be getting much success or exposure out of the formula either.

    I look forward to BMW taking over Andretti if only to banish their current mid-90s Minardi rejected livery from the grid. Although for the same reason, I can't really celebrate Audi taking over Abt.
     
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  8. cider_and_toast

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    Took me a while to realise that Venturi were the same company that had a little dalliance with F1 through Larousse in the early 90's.
     
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  9. RasputinLives

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    cider_and_toast - does this calendar work better for you?

    More compact Season 4 calendar revealed – Formula E

    Long off season this year. 4 months!
     
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  10. cider_and_toast

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    Getting better RasputinLives

    Would love it if race 10 was announced as being in the UK and would still like to see no more than 3 weeks between each race. An improvement though.
     
  11. RasputinLives

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    Jani to Dragon next season which is obviously him warming up for Porsche. I expect more LMP1 drivers to suddenly have an interest in Formula E as the close season progresses.

    Porsche LMP1 ace Neel Jani to Faraday Dragon for 2017/18 Formula E

    Sham about Duval though as I've always enjoyed watching him.
     
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  12. RasputinLives

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    So in season 5 of Formula E it look like they may introduce a competing type of battery. Standard lithium will of course be around but these new 'flow' batteries could also be allowed. Not sure I completely understand the tech(see below article) but they claim to have to be charged less and can run for longer.

    CleanTechnica
     
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  13. Rutherford

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    Interesting claims by the company. In another video they claim a car powered by the battery can achieve 380 km/h and up to 800 km in mileage.

     
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  14. teabagyokel

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    Lynn in at DS Virgin! Alongside Bird, as usual.
     
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  15. cider_and_toast

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    Ideally for the last season of two car running it would be interesting if the cars could have a bit more of an option on when to pit. With the current battery life it's pretty much all in within a lap or two in the middle of the race. If the batteries could be made to last 2/3 of the race it would give cars an opportunity to run long or short stints and perhaps mix it up a little. Di Grassi's run in Mexico from an early pit stop remains one of the absolute classic FE races to date and I'd like to see a bit more of that strategy mix up in season 5. I do fear that when the series moves to single cars in season 6 it will lose a chunk of strategy options with all the cars gradually running down on power at similar rates. It is something that will need to be carefully looked at.
     
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  16. RasputinLives

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    Apparently Nelson Piquet Jr will be announced as a Jaguar driver in the next few weeks.

    Also - why not have a go at designing Mahindra's logo?

    Mahindra invites fans to design livery again
     
  17. cider_and_toast

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    Shit. Talk about mixed feelings. Love Jag. Jnr can stuff off.

    I take it Adam Carroll will be looking for a new drive unless Mitch Evans has bagged a better seat?
     
  18. RasputinLives

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    Yeah they've already announced that they've dropped Carroll. To be honest he didn't have a great year.
     
  19. RasputinLives

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    One plus point for you cider_and_toast is that I'm pretty sure Mitch Evans will stuff Piquet.
     
  20. cider_and_toast

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    I missed the Carroll announcement. It must have been in the stack of unread Autosport magazines that have built up at home.

    Yeah RasputinLives Evans should stuff Jnr.
     
  21. RasputinLives

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    cider_and_toast this should interest you

    Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy racing series to support Formula E next year | Autocar

    I think this is the first of a couple of support series that might follow Formula E around which is good news spectators and the series alike.
     
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