Formula E News and General Discussion Thread

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Yes I notice he skirted that issue. I'm guessing he is hoping that the 5 years with the Gen 2 car will develop the technology to the point it can do that.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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RasputinLives

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So was reading this which is interesting but was mainly to find out capacity of the Gen 2 car.

Formula E Cars Keep Getting Faster, With Longer Driving Range | CleanTechnica

170mph top race speed and 50 mins battery life.

I don't think there is anyway to argue that the Formula E series hasn't been a major contributor to pushing electric car tech forward. Where. You think they were talking about having to use 3 cars to cover an hour long race to begin with this is mind-blowing.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
So Forbes report that the viewing figures for Formula were up this season.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/setheverett/2018/07/30/formula-e-ratings-impressive-as-fourth-season-concludes/

I'd be interested to see the break down country by country as I doubt the UK viewership went up due to being hidden away on Spike most of the year.

Apparently there was a dramatic rise in viewers when it was aired on a free to view channel! Go figure
Unfortunately no uk tv channel has the rights currently at the moment only eurosport which is a shame because i thought it was good with vernon Kay although the post race was dreadful . For me i think its perfect for bbc

Where next for live free-to-air coverage of Formula E in the UK?
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Let's remember Virgin Media own a big percentage of Formula E and at one point had a limited content Formula E channel.
 

RasputinLives

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Entry list for Season 5 of Formula E has now been confirmed. There are now 11 teams on the grid with the 11th team being HWA who are probably there to get some feedback info for Mercedes.

The other news is that Andretti have changed their name to BMW Andretti making them BMW's official factory team. E.Dams are now Nissan E.Dams as expected.

No news on how Porsche are entering the sport in Season 6. Most of the others have come in with an established team but there don't seem many left for Porsche to grab. It is likely that they will be a 12th team added to the grid next year. Formula E has said they won't go above 12 teams in the near future though so where that leaves the expected Ferrari/Alfa Romeo entry I don't know.
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
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It's a must win year for Jag. With the series now almost fully manufacture driven, Jag have to show they can win because they have to put that two years of experience to good use.
 

Clay

Test Driver
I'd say di Grassi and Abt are stronger. That could change though depending on who becomes Bird's and Buemi's teammate.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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They are a good pairing but Abt is very hit and miss. Piquet has a knack for conserving energy and Evans has raw speed.

There is an argument for Vergne/Lotterer as well.

To be honest the Formula E field has far more wheat than chaff which is one of the reasons the racing is so fun to watch.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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It's Buemi and Albon at Nissan which is a good line up. No confirmation at Mahindra or Virgin yet but Rosenqvist and Bird a near certainty. Virgon will run an Audi powertrain this season.

There are rumours that one of the HWA spots will go to Gerhard Berger's nephew Lucas Auer. Formula E certainly likes it's family connections.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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More formula E news. Santaiago has been added back on to ten 18/19 calendar as a location for the race has been found that is not next to an open sewer.

It's Turvey and Dillman at NIO (Dillman very under-rated) and Parfeet has been confirmed as one of HWA's drivers.
 

cider_and_toast

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Given JLR are starting to struggle financially, if this season fails to bring consistent visits to the podium and some of those on the top step, they'll pull the plug. I would not be shocked, if they struggle, to hear an announcement by mid season that they are off.
 

cider_and_toast

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The trouble is Ras, in a highly unionised industry its hard to justify pay restraint, production shutdowns, recruitment freezes and the termination of agency contracts while at the same time investing in motorsport series.

That could be offset slightly if Jag were successful however they are about to enter their 3rd season with one podium (thanks to a disqualification) to their name. With more manufacturers coming on-board the spend will start to climb and the rewards correspondingly reduce.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
I would be surprised if jaguar left because they seem pretty set on this but its been a bit honda, a lot of fanfare but took a long while to catch up but they seemed to be completive at some points last season. but true they are not there to be also rans & will want to challenge for wins & titles, problem is so do Nissan, Audi, Mercedes & Te Cheetah
 
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