ABB Formula E Championship
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship provides a look at what the future both of racing and the automotive industry could be. Now in its fourth season, the electric open-wheel championship runs a calendar that starts in the winter and finishes in the summer, and races in high profile, major cities around the world such as Hong Kong, Mexico City, Rome, Paris, Berlin and New York City.
The electric focus and messages of mobility and sustainability have appealed to Michelin, which has been the official tire partner of Formula E since the series’ inception in 2014. Michelin created a bespoke, treaded, highly energy efficient 18-inch tire for competition, which can be used in both dry and wet conditions. The series has extended the partnership with Michelin through the 2020-2021 season.
Formula E has attracted a wide swath of manufacturer interest in its first few seasons of competition. Active manufacturers include Audi, Citroen (DS), Jaguar, Renault, Venturi, NIO and Mahindra. Nissan will take over Renault’s entry from season five. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are also on the way with their own entries in the years to come, and more manufacturers could be possible as well.
Nelson Piquet Jr., Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi are all former Formula 1 drivers but have established themselves as the leading lights of Formula E, as the series’ first three championship-winning drivers. They’re all part of a deep 10-team, 20-car field of competitors, which is only poised to grow in future seasons.
2017-2018 FIA Formula E Championship
December 2017 to July 2018