31 Dec 18

Top 10: Formula E's finest moments of 2018

Well, what a year its been for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. In the past 12 months, we've held ten races in nine cities over four continents, launched a new Gen2 car, witnessed countless spins and saves, seen dreams made and championship hopes smashed to pieces, crowned a champion, raced a falcon and seen a new era of all-electric racing take shape in Saudi Arabia.

In short, it's been our very best year yet and the best news is - we're just getting started. So sit back, start the celebrations and join us for a countdown of Formula E's finest moments of 2018. It's been a pleasure.  

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10. Orlando Bloom bins it in Marrakesh 

Back in January, we entrusted Lord of the Rings and silver screen star Orlando Bloom with our pride and joy in the shape of the Formula E championship car around the track in Marrakesh. Two laps in, it was all looking good for the Brit until he lost the back end and smashed into the wall. Oh dear. Safety car taxi back for Mr Bloom, please. 
From Middle Earth to Marrakesh - our all-electric single seater proved too much to handle for the Lord of the Rings star.  

9. Formula E brings racing back to Switzerland 

After a 64 year hiatus, Formula E made history in the Swiss city of Zurich in June 2018 when it brought back circuit racing for the first time since the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix. With a testing track twisting its way around the lakeside and into the heart of the city, it was Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver Lucas di Grassi who emerged victorious, much to the dismay of home race hero Sebastien Buemi. Better luck next time, Seb.  
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Cars and drivers line up to make history as Formula E brings circuit racing back to Switzerland for the first time since the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix.

8. Perfect race for hometown hero

After clinching his first ever Formula E win in Mexico City earlier in the year, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt stormed to victory during his home race in Berlin picking up all possible points during the race day. "It feels like a dream," said the bewildered German driver, fresh off the poidum. "To win a home race has always been on my checklist and to finally do it with the one-two finish and maximum points is crazy - it still feels a bit unreal - I loved every second."

7. ISO20121 - Racing for the future

Towards the end of Formula E's fourth season, the all-electric racing series picked up the most prestigious award for sustainable events, becoming the the first category in motorsport to earn highly-acclaimed ISO 20121 certification. With one of the lowest carbon footprints of all international sporting events, the certification saw the ABB FIA Formula E Championship join the likes of the Roland Garros French Open, 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France.   
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Formula E became the the first category in motorsport to earn highly-acclaimed ISO 20121 for sustainable events. 

6. Gen2 breaks cover in Geneva 

After more than four years, the reveal of the radical new Gen2 car at the Geneva motor show in March heralded the beginning of a new era of the all-electric street racing championship. Making its competitive debut at the opening round of the 2018/19 season in Saudi Arabia, the batmobile-esque car certainly didn't disappoint.  

5. Taking Jaguar's I-Pace on an epic road trip through Portugal

With Panasonic Jaguar Racing celebrating the launch of it's first ever road-going electric car - the I-Pace - as well as the first official Formula E support series in the form of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, we thought we'd see what all the fuss was about and take the I-Pace on an epic drive through Portugal. Encountering everything from motorways to mountains, we found the plucky I-Pace was more than capable of brushing off a 300km road trip around the Algarve. See how we got on here

jaguar i-pace in portugal
We took Jaguar's new all-electric I-Pace on an epic 300km road trip through Portugal.

4. Formula E vs Falcon

After we pitched Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne against a real life Cheetah last year, it was about time we cranked it up and set the Gen2 car against the animal kingdom once again. This time, we sent Venturi's Felipe Massa deep into the desert to race the fastest animal on the planet: the mighty peregrine falcon.    

3. JEV crowned champion

For reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, the 2017/18 season will take some beating. Rounding off his fourth season in Formula E with 198 points, six podiums and not a single retirement, the charismatic Frenchman clinched the championship title in the penultimate race of the season in New York City back in July. "Honestly, when I first came into Formula E, I never thought I'd be here. I don't remember who I was but I was far from what I am today," said Vergne moments after his win.  

198 points and 6 podiums over the season saw JEV clinch the title one race early. 

2. Audi's miraculous comeback 

Despite a disastrous start to the 2017/18 season with a disqualification for Daniel Abt in Hong Kong and ongoing technical issues for Lucas di Grassi, Team Principal Allan McNish led the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team to the teams' championship title in New York City after one of the best comebacks in the history of Formula E. With the team's frontman Lucas di Grassi having scored a grand total of zero points up until Round 5 of the championship, it looked near impossible for the team to finish in the top five, let alone first. But Audi proved miracles can happen. "To be honest, that was one of the best fightbacks of my career," admitted McNish in New York. "It feels superb, it feels absolutely superb."

1. Jandre’s kiss 

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for - our number one moment of 2018 is (drum roll, please)... Jandre's kiss. Despite the two drivers' (JEV + Andre = 'Jandre') bromance blossoming over the course of the season, we're referring to the epic moment the two Techeetah drivers' cars made contact on the circuit in Santiago, moments before brining home the series' first ever one-two finish. Bravo, boys - that's some risky race strategy but it sure paid off.   

With another epic year of Formula E goodness over and out, there's plenty more to look forward as a brand new era of all-electric street racing begins to take shape in 2019. With new cars, new drivers, new city street circuits and new rules the 2018/19 season of Formula E promises more close-combat racing action than ever before. Buckle up, we're just getting started...

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