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Well that sounds 'different'.

Not loud, but high pitched. It basically sounds like a full size 1:1 RC car.

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I'm not sold on the sound, but quite looking forward to the series, think I might take a trip down to london next year to watch teh final round.

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Big fan of a series like that for the environmentalists rather than cutting F1's balls off.
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I had hoped that this series would really race in city centres - Battersea is hardly The Mall. Why else make a song and dance about being green?
Having said that, I like the idea so far.
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A double post, how did that happen? :?
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http://www.fiaformulae.com/news/test-dates-revealed
All pre-season tests to be held at Donnington, and free admission to fans for all 5 tests.

Good news for UK residents. Anyone thinking of going?
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Depending on travel and stuff, I might go take a look. Maybe second to last day, everyone should be up to speed by then, and not as busy as the last.

I quite like Donington as a track, and was gutted that it didn't get the GP a few years ago, so I'm up for it :)
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They are on week days...otherwise I would go. Hope someone takes some video. Are the races going to be on Freeview or Freeview paytv?

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f1fan09 wrote:They are on week days...otherwise I would go. Hope someone takes some video. Are the races going to be on Freeview or Freeview paytv?

Every broadcast agreement I've seen announced so far as been free to air. I think I've also seen mention of live streaming on the interwebs.
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f1fan09 wrote:They are on week days...otherwise I would go. Hope someone takes some video. Are the races going to be on Freeview or Freeview paytv?


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minchy wrote:http://www.fiaformulae.com/news/test-dates-revealed
All pre-season tests to be held at Donnington, and free admission to fans for all 5 tests.

Good news for UK residents. Anyone thinking of going?


I live extremely close, for sure I'll pop along :)
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Its the good thing about Donnington and Silverstone, they're both fairly central for England so most people can get there within a couple of hours.

I'll be going to 1 day if I get chance.
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For those of you who are local and thinking of going to the testing checkout the above linked site as they're asking for some sort of registration in advance.

Don't know if it's mandatory or not but it would suck if you showed up and all the seats were filled.
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RaggedMan wrote:For those of you who are local and thinking of going to the testing checkout the above linked site as they're asking for some sort of registration in advance.

Don't know if it's mandatory or not but it would suck if you showed up and all the seats were filled.

It says it is manditory, the article says where you can register.
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Ben Collins has a wide experience in all sorts of racing. I would expect him to show well in at least the early races until some sort of pecking order is found.

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Aug 19th is my birthday.... decent excuse to go wandering up the M1 to watch some electric cars for a bit.
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http://www.fiaformulae.com/news/WMSC-confirms-teams

Looks like Rio de Janerio has pulled out

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Three points will be awarded to the driver securing pole position whilst the driver setting the fastest lap receives two points.


Huh...thats an interesting way of doing it. Kinda adds a bit more to Quali and driving to the limit though!
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amirb wrote:Malaysian circuit reviled:

http://www.fiaformulae.com/events/putrajayacircuit


Now that's way more interesting than the first one revealed.

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Has this been mentioned? Apparently performance levels are comparable to F3, with more power but also higher weight: http://current-e.com/chatter/performance-is-like-f3/

As a starting point that's not too bad.
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mds wrote:Has this been mentioned? Apparently performance levels are comparable to F3, with more power but also higher weight: http://current-e.com/chatter/performance-is-like-f3/

As a starting point that's not too bad.

And once the teams start manufacturing their own cars, they'll be even faster. It won't surprise me if in a few years, with advancements in technology, they begin to rival F1, at least in terms of speed. Now if only they'd use proper tracks...
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There was a story the other day about Micheline testing the Formula E tires in the wet, but damned if I can find it now.

I wanted to read it to see how much water they displaced and how they compare to F1 intermediates to get an idea of how much wether they might be able to run safely in.
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amirb wrote:Malaysian circuit reviled:

http://www.fiaformulae.com/events/putrajayacircuit


A few similarities to Albert Park, depending on the width it should be good!
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The only thing i don't like visually are the odd tyres.

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shift wrote:The only thing i don't like visually are the odd tyres.

Do you mean just the tyre, or the whole wheel?

I've not taken a close look at the tyres themselves, but I really like the wide rims and skinny tyre combination.
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minchy wrote:
shift wrote:The only thing i don't like visually are the odd tyres.

Do you mean just the tyre, or the whole wheel?

I've not taken a close look at the tyres themselves, but I really like the wide rims and skinny tyre combination.


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Yep, huge rims and skinny tyre combo looks strange to me!
On the other side the car design is amazing imho, so futuristic.

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The track layout for Putrajaya in Malaysia doesn't look too bad to me. More imaginative than Beijing at least :-P

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Rote wrote:Image

The track layout for Putrajaya in Malaysia doesn't look too bad to me. More imaginative than Beijing at least :-P

That's a long pit lane. Although with the car swap/100m dash I guess it's necessary.
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The Malaysia track looks pretty good for a street circuit in a major city, a nice mix of different types of corners and a decent straight too. I think I like the big wheel low profile tyre thing too, somehow makes it seem more mainstream production based, especially with the treaded tyres. More approachable to fans I think as they can compare it to their own car.

The 100m sprint to the second car still makes it feel comical and kind of ruins an otherwise great idea to me. If the cars can't make race distance on a single charge why not make the battery tray removable and pit for a pack change during the race?
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Brief comment from Prost regarding FE. He is being rather upbeat even considering that he is invloved with DAMS.
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Blackhander wrote:The Malaysia track looks pretty good for a street circuit in a major city, a nice mix of different types of corners and a decent straight too. I think I like the big wheel low profile tyre thing too, somehow makes it seem more mainstream production based, especially with the treaded tyres. More approachable to fans I think as they can compare it to their own car.

The 100m sprint to the second car still makes it feel comical and kind of ruins an otherwise great idea to me. If the cars can't make race distance on a single charge why not make the battery tray removable and pit for a pack change during the race?

I like that battery pit change idea, much better than 100m sprint but I guess its a bit more complex than simply changing some AAA's or a phone battery. I don't see why they can't just have the second car waiting in a parking space in a parc ferme area next to where they need to park the first car? Just a simple get out get in job then.
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minchy wrote:
Blackhander wrote:The Malaysia track looks pretty good for a street circuit in a major city, a nice mix of different types of corners and a decent straight too. I think I like the big wheel low profile tyre thing too, somehow makes it seem more mainstream production based, especially with the treaded tyres. More approachable to fans I think as they can compare it to their own car.

The 100m sprint to the second car still makes it feel comical and kind of ruins an otherwise great idea to me. If the cars can't make race distance on a single charge why not make the battery tray removable and pit for a pack change during the race?

I like that battery pit change idea, much better than 100m sprint but I guess its a bit more complex than simply changing some AAA's or a phone battery. I don't see why they can't just have the second car waiting in a parking space in a parc ferme area next to where they need to park the first car? Just a simple get out get in job then.

A few months back Tesla demonstrated an automated battery swap system that worked on a Model S in 90 seconds so the car is designed to allow that option and still not worry about the battery pack coming loose or out under normal driving conditions so this might be something that comes along in the future in this series.
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Chinese driver does laps and talks up the car and the season opening Chinese race.
http://www.fiaformulae.com/multimedia/ho-pin-tung-test-drive-video

All the testing is done and the cars are to be delivered to Donnington on May 15.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf6h2F-P3BU&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rOHqEz_K3Sg3xwWOZgK1Cwt

Nice little interview with Alejandro Agag here. I really like his comparison of formula e to an 80's mobile phone and a smart phone as to what we'll get in the future. Also, his answer to the question of why is it green when the power ultimately comes from fossil fuels anyway......
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I was interested when he was talking about the drivers running from one car to another. He said it was simply not safe to have changeable battery packs... so I guess if you have to use two cars, why not make the best of it? :-P

What he said about the vote power boost concept made me hate it even more. It just seems inevitable to me that the driver with the most fans will get the boost 100% of the time...

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12 Ex-F1 drivers is impressive however you look at it - some very smart marketing people on-board there.
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Rote wrote:I was interested when he was talking about the drivers running from one car to another. He said it was simply not safe to have changeable battery packs... so I guess if you have to use two cars, why not make the best of it? :-P

What he said about the vote power boost concept made me hate it even more. It just seems inevitable to me that the driver with the most fans will get the boost 100% of the time...

which is also why he said the Chinese drivers are happy as they have quite a large number of countrymen over any other driver who have the power to vote for them!
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http://www.fiaformulae.com/news/virgin-driver-annoucement

Drivers for Virgin have been reviled, Jamie Alguersuari and Sam Bird.

I think that's a really exciting line-up and it's good to see Algurrsuari in a race seat again.
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Good for Jaime! I really felt he got a raw deal at STR here's hoping this iteration isn't as messed up as the F1 Virgin Racing was.
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