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Formula E completes full race simulations

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11/08/2014

Formula E has completed two full event simulations as it gears up for its first race in Beijing in September.

Both events took place at Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pits were assembled to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit.

Accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even television broadcasts were also meticulously tested.

During the second simulation, for the first time the ten teams ran all four of their cars as the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test were completed to the schedule that will take place at the races.

This meant that all of the teams and drivers had the opportunity to simulate the unique car change pit stops - and at the second simulation - a full standing start.

While a number of issues were encountered, which was the reason for running the simulation, overall the events were considered to be a success.

"Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation," said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. "We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we're leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we're very pleased with how things went."

Organisers have also revealed the race day timetable for each Formula E event, which takes place all in one day. The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning - lasting 45 minutes and 30 minutes - followed by a qualifying session split into four groups of five cars with the order selected at random beforehand. The race itself will last approximately 60 minutes with the race distance (exact number of laps) determined on the day.

The final Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 19 with free admission to the public. Some 4000 fans have already pre-registered their interest for the last opportunity to see the cars and drivers before the season opener.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 12/08/2014 20:42

"They still sound like big slot cars. But that is better than a Prius."

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2. Posted by No Louder, 12/08/2014 18:09

"Like it or not this really is the true direction that top tier motor-sport will be taking in the (perhaps near) future.
We already have various energy recovery systems introduced to F1 and road vehicles alike. Who else but major automotive companies (and the odd billionaire) can really now afford to get involved without promoting thier products/cars and having the spin off technology that's relevant to their enterprise.

These cars have the ability to race around major population hot-spots without the noise and pollution restrictions which should automatically place them within reach of a reasonable viewing fan-base which means that while the concept of the racing series isn't particularly 'green' the relative lack of travel for the majority of fans isn't.

I'm interested in this series and may go along to next Tuedays free public test at Donnington."

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3. Posted by Mr wickel, 12/08/2014 15:07

"I'm a little tired of motor racing in general. If it's not particularly good I'll probably give up on racing altogether. The concept of true racing will soon to be left to history. The pressing environmental concerns and issues make racing quite problematic and absurd. As much as I love many forms of motor racing I'm finding it increasingly hard to take any of it seriously.

One day images of men standing proudly next to their petrol guzzling beasts will be viewed by future generations for what they are, selfish, hedonistic and simpletons who continued to partake in a morally corrupt sport. Similar to how we view images of 19th century southern slave masters or safari hunters who proudly display a total disregard for life of any form. Full stop. "

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4. Posted by xoanon, 11/08/2014 20:34

"Did they simulate Fan Boost too, or weren't there any under 12s available?"

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5. Posted by Tom2681, 11/08/2014 17:34

"The grooved tyres baffle me. Will they be running those throughout the whole season?
Don't they defeat the very purpose of those cars?

Surely slick tyres would increase the contact patch, allowing the cars to go faster or turn the engines down and achieve the same speed."

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6. Posted by jo6pac, 11/08/2014 15:55

"Thanks for posting"

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7. Posted by Ro, 11/08/2014 14:30

"WOW! These sound better than the latest F1 cars....."

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