Unplugged opens up Formula E's paddock - backdropped by a record calendar of 16 races in 11 iconic world cities - for viewers to go behind-the-scenes, unfiltered with the key stories and playmakers throughout one of its most closely contested campaigns to-date, which, of course, went right down to the wire as rivalries boiled over on and off-track.
The third season of Formula E Unplugged will be available across local broadcasters from 2 January and has also been optimised for YouTube, with a mix of 15-minute and eight-minute episodes, allowing fans to immerse themselves in the drama and innovation that defines this pioneering sport.
Season 9 saw a new world champion crowned at the finale weekend in London - the cream of the crop in a field made up of 22 world-class drivers representing 11 of the best teams anywhere in motorsport.
The closest, most competitive season yet?
Britain’s Jake Dennis (Andretti) won the Drivers’ title in London on the final weekend of the season, which proved to be the epic climax of a season-long tussle with rivals Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche), Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Nick Cassidy, who would end up finishing second but not before powering his former team, Envision Racing, to the Teams’ World Championship in the finale.
Seven different drivers from six different teams won races as many of the biggest names in world motorsport appeared on the grid - including Maserati, making a return to single-seater world championship motorsport for the first time in more than 75 years, together with McLaren, Porsche, Jaguar, Nissan and Mahindra.
A hat-trick of inaugural E-Prix from Hyderabad in February via Cape Town, in the shadows of the inimitable Table Mountain, on to another first in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the end of March proved to be a real showpiece to the season with records for the quickest speeds ever seen in Formula E tumbling as the GEN3 showed off its capabilities early-season.
Those maiden trips to new locales were flanked by returns to Mexico City for a sell-out opener, double-headers in Diriyah and Berlin, the jewel in the motorsport crown in Monaco, a return to Indonesia and Jakarta before a first visit to a new US race location for Formula E at the Portland International Raceway in Oregon - another capacity crowd - before the return leg of the season with two races in Rome and London.
Unplugged Series 3: Episode Guide
The American Dream
The name Andretti is synonymous with American motorsport. With a team in Formula E, we'll get under the skin to find out how their American values and heart fit in with a leading modern motorsport series, and how that affects their hotshot Brit Jake Dennis in the battle for World Championship honours.
With an introduction to the all-electric motorsport, we meet the two German teams with differing expectations for the season. The family-run racing outfit from Bavaria, ABT, just wants to be competitive, whilst the motorsport giant, Porsche, wants to win, win, win.
NIO 333, Nissan, NEOM McLaren
In a series like Formula E, experience counts - many have tried but few have succeeded. Two new faces join the paddock for Season 9: NEOM McLaren’s Jake Hughes and Nissan’s Sacha Fenestraz. Both are young men trying to prove their worth as we explore their journey on track and in life. We also catch-up with Season 8’s only surviving rookie, Dan Ticktum, as he continues to prove his worth with NIO333.
Lucas Di Grassi – Legacy
As the first driver to sign up to the series and the only driver to pass 1,000 points in the Championship, he is the epitome of what Formula E is about. For seven seasons he was a one-man band, Now, with his third team in as many years, what does the future hold for the man who helped build the sport?
A Matter of Principal
Motorsport dynasty, Maserati, enter Formula E in Season 9, its first racing series in over 60 years. And the person in charge of the team is the youngest Team Principal on the grid. We follow James Rossiter in his very first year in the role. With six crashes in the first six race weekends, how will he deal with the pressure of managing such a huge name within the sport?
Sam Bird – Fight or Flight
Jaguar TCS Racing
Time heals all wounds...
Following Sam Bird’s forgettable Season 8 - his only season without a race win - he returns to Season 9 with a spring in his step. A podium finish in the second race of the season shows early signs that the old competitor is back, but disaster strikes, and the Englishman must fight for his season and his place in the sport.
In Formula E, teams are either manufacturers or customers. Whist the manufacturers have huge backing, the customers have to show nous and to think differently. Envision are the epitome of that. We look at how they’ll push for both the drivers and constructors Championships with their two very different drivers.
Various (Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing, Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche, Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing)
As we come to the climax of the season, the action ramps up. With four drivers in the hunt for the championship title heading into the penultimate race weekend, we see drama unfold with crashes and incidents as dreams will be broken but for one, immortality awaits.
Where to watch Series 3 of Unplugged
- Global – YouTube
- Eurosport Player/Discovery + - Pan Europe
- TNT Sports – UK
- Roku – US
- Bandeirantes – Brazil