Formula E runs full race day simulation

August 11, 2014

Formula E runs full race day simulation

August 11, 2014

formulaE_test_7_3_14_ 28The new FIA Formula E championship has completed two full event simulations as the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race in Beijing on September 13.

Both events took place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pitboxes 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.

formulaE_test_7_9_14_ 05During the second simulation, for the first time the 10 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 pitstops – 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.

The new championship will conduct two races in the US next year – doing battle in Miami and in Long Beach.

“Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation,” Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E said.

“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 raceday 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.

FIA Formula E Championship – Raceday timetable:

08:15 – 09:00: Non qualifying practice 1
10:30 – 11:00: Non qualifying practice 2
12:00 – 12:10: Qualifying group 1
12:15 – 12:25: Qualifying group 2
12:30 – 12:40: Qualifying group 3
12:45 – 12:55: Qualifying group 4
16:00: Race (laps depended on circuit)

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