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Formula E: Full-race simulations completed at Donington Park (VIDEO)

Aug 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

Roughly one month ahead of its inaugural race in Beijing, the all-electric FIA Formula E series has announced that it’s completed two full-event simulations at the UK’s Donington Park track.

According to the series, a temporary pitlane and pit boxes were assembled. For the second simulation, each of the 10 F-E teams (including American-based teams Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing) ran all of their cars through two “non-qualifying” sessions, qualifying, and an endurance test.

Those were all run to the single-day race schedule that will be in place during the 2014-2015 season, which goes as follows:

  • Two morning, non-qualifying sessions of 45 minutes and then 30 minutes in length
  • A qualifying session split into four groups of five cars, with the order randomly selected beforehand
  • A race of approximately 60 minutes in length with the exact race distance determined on that day.

As part of the simulation, teams and drivers got to simulate a full standing start and pit stops, which will be quite different from the norm. In F-E, one mandatory stop must be made during the race by drivers in order for them to change to their second car.

Additionally, off-track matters such as credential procedures, operational/IT infrastructures, and television broadcasting were all tested as well.

“Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation,” F-E CEO Alejandro Agag said in a statement.

“We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we’re leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall, we’re very pleased with how things went.”

F-E’s fifth and final preseason test session will take place next Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Donington Park. The first race of the year, the Beijing ePrix, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13.

  1. worknman24hours - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    One of my biggest interests in this series is just how the cars will be driven to make the most of their power supplies that run out quickly.

    You could drive the guts out of your car and run out of power fast or do a timed type of run and drive right past the out pf power driver to victory as he tries to catch up to you being a lap ahead of him.

    I had hoped they would pioneer removable power blocks but I guess safety right now makes that not possible.

    I sure hope all the cars don’t just run to a stop three quarters through a race because we would all be LOL if that happened.

    I look forward to seeing this Formula E series run and cannot wait to see the quality of competition with all the limitations involved.

    • crunge4461 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      I read up on the Formula E and the article that I read explained that there is a mandatory mid-race pit-stop to recharge the batteries, basically the race is stopped at midway point, at least this is how I understood.

      I am honest that I am pretty skeptical and not terribly excited for this series. I have not yet reached a point where I am ready for electric race cars, though, when I was a kid I loved those slot car tracks!

      • worknman24hours - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        What I read is the drivers change cars into another race car with a charged battery.

        It would be impossible to charge a battery fast enough to keep anyone at the track plus hypercharging these types of batteries and then immediately discharging them at a race pace would likely lead to fires.

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