The season two Formula E cars are lapping four seconds faster around the Beijing ePrix circuit.
In the collective test session today, Nicolas Prost topped the timesheets with a best lap of 1:37.291s, which compares to the best lap of 1:41.341s, which was set last year by Bruno Senna in second practice.
Some of the pace difference is accounted for by the changes to the track. The first chicane has been removed, while what was the second chicane has been made tighter and slower.
In a good session for Renault e.dams, Sebastien Buemi was second fastest and the only other driver in the 1:37s. Third fastest was Jean-Eric Vergne, recording a 1:39.405s for DS Virgin Racing,
Senna and new Mahindra Racing team-mate Nick Heidfeld were fourth and fifth fastest, recording laps of 1:39.670s and 1:39.909s respectively.
Oliver Turvey was sixth for NEXTEV TCR, but it was a tough session for team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet caused the session to be red-flagged when he ground to a halt mid-way through. With the NEXTEV TCR car stopping at a section of cones on the circuit in preparation for some track repair, there was no choice but to suspend the running.
Neither Trulli driver took part in the session.