What has Formula E done for the EV industry?

Formula E is a cutting-edge international racing series that exclusively features fully electric, single-seater race cars. Launched in 2014, Formula E has rapidly gained prominence as a pioneering platform for sustainable and eco-friendly motorsport. The championship aims to showcase the potential of electric vehicles in a thrilling and competitive racing environment, harnessing innovation in electric driving and raising awareness about the importance of sustainable transportation.

Formula E races take place on temporary street circuits in major cities around the world, contributing to the series’ unique appeal and providing a dynamic backdrop to the races. With its emphasis on technological advancements and a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of motorsport, Formula E stands at the forefront of the electric revolution in the automotive industry.

What is the difference between Formula E and Formula 1?

Formula 1, a long-standing pinnacle of motorsport, showcases a diverse range of combustion engine-powered cars fuelled by traditional gasoline. Formula 1 races on a mix of purpose-built circuits and street tracks, and the sport has a rich history, deep-rooted traditions, and a global fan base. While both series share a passion for intense competition and technological innovation, Formula E’s focus on electric propulsion and urban racing set it apart as a pioneering force driving the evolution of sustainable motorsport. Formula 1, on the other hand, maintains its position as a powerhouse in traditional racing, characterised by speed, tradition, and a legacy of engineering excellence.

What is the top speed and average speed of a Formula E Car?

The new Gen3 race cars can reach a top speed of 200mph (322kpm). However, it’s important to remember that these cars don’t reach these speeds consistently during races due to the nature of the circuits, which often include tight turns and chicanes.

The average speeds during a race are significantly lower than the top speed, influenced by the circuit layout and the need for energy conservation. The races are unique because drivers must manage their energy levels throughout the event, requiring a strategic balance between speed and efficiency.

How long does a Formula E Battery Last for?

During the early seasons of Formula E, drivers had to make a mid-race pit stop to change cars due to the battery’s limited capacity. However, advancements in battery technology and changes in regulations have allowed for the introduction of a single-car race format.

As of Season 7 (2020-2021), each car has a single battery that must last for the entire race. The total race time, including potential safety car periods and other factors, can be up to 45 minutes plus one lap. Drivers must carefully manage their energy consumption throughout the race to ensure they have sufficient power to complete the distance. The exact energy capacity and management strategy can vary from season to season as the series evolves.

 

Are Formula E cars automatic?

No, the cars are not automatic; they use a sequential gearbox similar to those found in traditional race cars. A sequential gearbox is a type of manual transmission that does not require a clutch pedal. Instead, the driver shifts gears by moving a lever forward or backward to engage the next gear in the sequence.

In Formula E, drivers use paddle shifters located on the steering wheel to change gears. The gearbox allows for quick and precise gear changes, contributing to the overall performance and responsiveness of the car during races. While the transmission system in Formula E cars shares some similarities with traditional manual transmissions, the absence of a clutch pedal and the use of paddle shifters make it a specialised system tailored to the unique demands of electric racing.

ABB and Formula E

Serving as the series’ title sponsor, ABB has played a pivotal role in supporting the growth and success of the all-electric racing championship. ABB’s involvement extends beyond mere sponsorship, as the company is also responsible for providing the charging infrastructure used in the Formula E races. The collaboration underscores ABB’s commitment to innovation and its contribution to the development of clean and efficient transportation solutions. As a key partner, ABB’s support has not only elevated the visibility of Formula E but has also reinforced the synergy between cutting-edge technology and the future of sustainable racing.

 

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