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Re: Formula E News

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:08 am
by TonyWilliams
I will be at the Marriott Renaissance both Friday and Saturday night.

During much of the race day, I should be with the "RushX" group (Tesla owners).

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Re: Formula E News

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:48 pm
by mbender
This might be "off topic", but aside from the paint jobs and sponsors, they're the same car, right? Does(n't) anyone else find this unexciting/boring and/or a bit silly? Or is it only for the first couple of years? The regular F1 ICE cars aren't all the same, are they?! Formula 1 "newbie" here...

Re: Formula E News

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:04 pm
by NeilBlanchard
This is the first year, so they kept all the cars identical. Next year they will let each team build their own cars. Gotta' keep the permutations of complications at a lower level while everyone learns the ropes.

And yes, Formula 1 cars are different for each team, though they all use engines from one of 3 or 4 builders.

Re: Formula E News

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:47 am
by RegGuheert
Formula E unveils their Gen 2 Formula E racecar:


Formula E wrote:Designed to be used for the next three seasons, the car will make its competitive debut in the 2018/19 season of the series. With almost double the energy storage capacity and double the range of the current car, the Gen2 will enable the teams and drivers to complete a full race at higher speeds, without making a mid-race car swap. With all that, the Gen2 car is clear proof of the advancements in battery and electric motor technology achieved in the space of only four years, which will eventually make its way into everyday electric road cars.

Re: Formula E News

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:49 am
by RegGuheert
mbender wrote:This might be "off topic", but aside from the paint jobs and sponsors, they're the same car, right? Does(n't) anyone else find this unexciting/boring and/or a bit silly? Or is it only for the first couple of years? The regular F1 ICE cars aren't all the same, are they?! Formula 1 "newbie" here...
I realize your question is over two years old, but I didn't see a reply. It appears the new car is also the same for all drivers. But I will note that this is not the first race series where the drivers had the same car. IIRC, that was the entire point of the IROC racing series: identical cars, test the drivers.

Re: Formula E News

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:19 am
by RegGuheert
Here's the news of the official release of the Gen 2 Formula E car:
Formula E wrote:With a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) and the ability to travel double the distance of our current car, the Gen2 car means there's no need for a mid-race car swap from Season Five onwards.
Here's are the specifications:

Length - 5160 mm
Width - 1770 mm
Height - 1050 mm
Front track - 1553 mm
Rear track - 1505 mm
Ride height - 75 mm (max)
Wheelbase - 3100 mm

Minimum weight (inc. driver) - 900 kg (battery - 385 kg)

Maximum power - 250 kW, equivalent to 335 bhp
Race mode (maximum power available) - 200 kW, equivalent to 270 bhp
Maximum power regeneration - 250 kW
The amount of energy that can be delivered to the MGU (the motor) by the RESS (the battery) is limited to 54 kWh. This will be permanently monitored by the FIA.

Maximum speed - 280 km/h (174 mph)

Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.8 seconds

Tyres - Bespoke 18-inch MICHELIN Pilot Sport tyres for use in both wet and dry conditions.

Brakes - Brembo package; bespoke carbon discs and pads 278 mm in diameter at the front and 263 mm at the rear, callipers and tandem master cylinder - brake-by-wire at the rear.

InsideEVs had a piece on the two power modes in the new car. I found this statement a bit odd:
InsideEVs wrote:It has declared that a point will no longer awarded for the driver who sets the fastest lap, and will replace this with a “new energy management parameter” to award a point to the most efficient driver instead.
I know that Indy Car races have been won with efficiency (by avoiding a pit stop), but it's almost like they are rewarding hypermiling on the racetrack. Wouldn't it be more interesting to make it damn-near impossible to complete the race if you remain in high-power mode for the full race so that this is something the crews have to manage to come out ahead?

Re: Formula E News

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 9:52 am
by RegGuheert
The CEO of Formula E racing must see a LOT of value in that since he is proposing to BUY the whole shebang for €660M:
InsideEVs wrote:In the letter, dated today and addressed to the chairman of the Formula E board of directors, Agag writes: “As an entrepreneur I would like to increase my interest in the business and influence in its future direction.

“I strongly believe in the future of Formula E and this offer is an expression of that confidence.

“For this reason I would like to make a proposal to buy all the shares in the company at a value of €600m equity value.”