ABB FIA Formula E Championship
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series.
Consisting of 11 teams and 22 drivers, Formula E delivers world-class racing to 12 cities over five continents, throughout the seven-month Championship season. Bringing racing rivalries to city streets, set against some of the most iconic skylines in the world - such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome - Formula E is racing, reinvented.
But it’s more than just a racing series. Formula E serves as a competitive platform for global car manufacturers and mobility providers to test and develop road-relevant technologies. With 14 inspiring partners and nine manufacturers involved, the series acts as a catalyst, helping to refine the design of electric vehicles and improve the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.
The Story of Formula E: from Concept to Reality
In 2012, the concept of all-electric international single-seater racing was born. FIA President Jean Todt developed the idea as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility. Inspired by this vision, Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag created a global entertainment brand with motor racing at its heart.
Since making its global debut in the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing in 2014, Formula E has become a destination for the world’s best drivers, teams and manufacturers. Now in its fifth season, the Championship boasts one of the best driver line-ups in motorsport, with an exciting calendar of host cities and increasingly innovative technology on the track.
ABB FIA Formula E Championship: 2018/19 Season
NEW GEN2 CARS
While the championship might be only five years old, the technology racing around the circuit is ever-changing. Season 5 will see 22 Gen2 cars racing around the track in anger for the very first time. The Batmobile-esque all-electric racer has double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car, meaning it can complete a whole race, so no more mid-race car swaps. With 250kW of power, the Gen2 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.8-seconds and go on to a top speed of 280km/h. Greater speeds, more action on track and with just one car per driver - there's everything to lose.
No more lap limits - we're moving to timed races. With each round running to a strict limit of 45-minutes plus one lap to reach the chequered flag, we're mixing things up to make it even more interesting. Well, what did you expect? It's all about the energy management.
Season 5 of the championship pairs some familiar favourites with new iconic cities, featuring a total of 13 races in 12 cities across five continents. Starting in Ad Diriyah, with the debut of Formula E in the Middle East on December 15, the series heads back to Marrakesh before moving to Mexico City and Hong Kong. For the newly titled voestalpine European Series, we're back on the streets of Rome, Paris, and Berlin, in addition to returning to Monaco for a third time on May 11 - appearing on the calendar on a bi-annual basis. Finishing up with a double-header season finale in New York, the race is set to take place on July 13 and 14, where a new champion will be crowned. See below for a full calendar listing.
NEW POWER MODES
In a world first for motorsport, drivers will be able to access a higher power mode in addition to FANBOOST, by passing through an activation zone marked out and visible on the circuit for fans at the track and those watching on TV. When a driver passes through the activation zone, they will be able to access 225kW of power - as opposed to the standard 200kW available during the race. Signalling the power hike is the job of the new illuminated FIA halo head protection device, which will show different colours for each of the two power modes. The exact number of individual uses and relative duration of the higher power mode will vary at each event and will be determined by the FIA. It will be up to the teams and drivers to decide when to activate the higher power mode throughout the race within the limits set by the FIA.
After the announcement that HWA will be 11th team to join the grid, there will be a total of 22 cars on the start line of the first race of Season 5. With BMW becoming a full manufacturer team, the German marque will join the likes of Audi, DS, Jaguar, NIO, Penske, Nissan (which takes the place of sister marque Renault) and Venturi as manufacturers in the series. With a new season and new teams out there, we say hello to Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team), Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA RACELAB), Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), Alex Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) and Garry Paffett (HWA RACELAB) as they make their debut in the series.
Formula E is the only sport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome of the race. FANBOOST gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the race.
The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes are awarded a significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a five-second window during the second half of the race. Votes can be cast in the six days prior to, and up to 22 minutes into each race.