Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series.
The series’ inaugural season will run from September 2014 until June 2015, visiting ten of the world’s leading cities including Beijing, Berlin, and London. Twenty drivers representing ten teams will race round the cities iconic landmarks over the ten month period starting in Beijing and finishing in London. Formula E’s unique format sees each event lasting just a day, including practice, qualifying and the race:
- Practice will be a one hour session giving drivers their first experience of the circuit. Each driver will have up to two cars available to them should they wish to swap. Full power (200kw/270bhp) will be available to them.
- Qualifying will see drivers have just two opportunities to set the fastest time. In total they will get four laps – two timed laps plus an in-lap and an out-lap – taken in stages to avoid congestion. The running order for qualifying will be determined by the lap-times set in practice. Once again full power will be available.
- The Race will last for approximately one hour. Drivers must make two mandatory pit-stops in order to change cars. Engines will be restricted to power saving mode (133kw/180bhp) but can be temporarily increased to maximum power by using the ‘Push-to-Pass’ boost system.
The series will comprise two championships – a drivers and a teams championship. Points will be awarded to the top ten finishers in the following format: 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1.
“This spectacular series will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share FIA’s values for clean energy, mobility, and sustainability,” FIA President Jean Todt said. “The FIA is definitely looking to the future!”