17 Jul 21

EXPLAINED: What happens when a Formula E car crashes

With nose-to-tail racing, tight street circuits and very little space to overtake, it's almost inevitable that there'll be contact at some point on-track. But how safe are Formula E cars, and how safe is electric street racing in general, if a car does make contact with other cars or the walls?

Over the past few years, the racing world has witnessed a number of incidents that put somewhat of a spotlight on safety elements like the race cars themselves or motorsport in general, including a few incidents in Formula E. Which leads us to the question often asked; how safe is electric street racing?

The very nature of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is nose to tail racing on tight street circuits with next to no run off areas, means that contact with other cars or the walls is far more likely than in other series. It's what makes racing in Formula E so competitive and challenging, and why we love it. But when there's more risk of contacts and collisions, safety has to be on point to keep the drivers safe.


So what does that look like? Here's a look at how the cars are built with safety in mind how the tracks and the barriers work, and what happens after a Formula E car crashes. Starting with the cars, how they're designed and what makes them safe.

EXPLAINED: What happens when a Formula E car crashes