image of a Virgin Racing car on the track

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric racing series. Formula E brings electrifying street racing to some of the world’s leading cities, competing against the backdrop of iconic skylines such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome.

The inaugural season sparked into life in September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing. Now entering its fifth year, the 2018/2019 season will see an all-new car with 11 teams and 22 drivers compete in 12 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned Formula E champion.

Formula E is a competitive platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies, acting as a catalyst for sustainable mobility solutions - helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and improving the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.

The Event

One of the great things about Formula E is that everything takes place in one day; practice, qualifying and the race. Here’s how it works…

Early Morning

  • Free Practice 1
  • Free Practice 2

Race day will normally begin with two free practice sessions and the driver’s first chance to experience the circuit at speed. It’s their only chance to hone the car’s set up and finalise their race and qualifying scenarios. Any mistake here could prove very costly later…

Lunchtime

  • 12.00 – 13.00 – Qualifying

Now things really start to hot up. This is a pedal-to-the-metal fight for the fastest lap time. Based on championship order, each driver will be put in one of four groups with a maximum of six cars per group. The top 6 drivers will then go into a Superpole shoot-out to battle it out for the top spot and three championship points.

Late Afternoon

  • 16.00 – 17.00 - E-Prix (Race)

This is it. It's a standing start for the drivers with races now running to time (45minutes) plus one lap. With the new Gen2 car, drivers no longer need to make pit stops to change cars. However, Formula E will maintain the frantic nature of the racing with elements such as FanBoost and use of different power modes.

Points
*1st = 25pts, 2nd = 18pts, 3rd = 15pts, 4th = 12pts, 5th = 10pts, 6th = 8pts, 7th = 6pts, 8th = 4pts, 9th = 2pts and 10th = 1pt.
Most energy efficient driver in the race = 1pt.
Pole position = 3pts

Music

With Virgin’s heritage and roots, would we ever take part in an event like this if there wasn’t music? No chance! Formula E is not just about motorsport. As a global entertainment brand with city-centre racing at its heart, music plays an important role in the series.
The vision of Formula E is to provide fans with amazing entertainment both on and off the track with the inclusion of great DJs, bands and artists playing live in the eVillage (fan zone). Previous races have seen the likes of renowned DJs Felix Jaehn and Carl Cox play to fans ensuring a great day out for everyone. There’s even the resident Formula E ‘EJ’, playing throughout the day and well into the night.

Image of a DJ waving at the crowd at a Formula E after party event Image of DJ decks
Image of a person interacting with a touchscreen wall Image of two gamers playing a console game

eGaming

With Formula E, it’s not just about watching the action, it’s also about experiencing it. For fans attending the race, there is the eRace; an exhibition gaming event that takes place within the eVillage. One driver per team, including one lucky fan, get to go head-to-head in a simulator race in front of thousands of attendees, with the whole event broadcast live via YouTube.
For those at home, there’s also the chance to prove yourself online. Held before each race of the Formula E season, fans simply have to log onto Forza Motorsport 6 and visit the ‘Rivals’ mode. There, they will find the Formula E Race Off Pro Series event and have the chance to set their fastest times in hot lap competitions.

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