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    Formula E - The New Hotness?

    I just started catching up on this...I was familiar with it when it started and was thinking it wouldn't last, but it seems like it's getting more popular.

    The new car IMO looks great, and they have some interesting new features. There's an attack mode which lights up blue LED's around the halo to show drivers ahead of them that they have 25 more hp for a short time. There's also a "fan boost" where they poll fans to give 5 drivers a very short burst of speed.



    It's also interesting that the drivers do a short 3-4 second "intro" video at the bottom of the screen like your typical one, but if there's an incident during the race, they also filmed themselves being upset or sad, which is funny. So you'll be watching a car crash, then you'll see a "reaction" of the driver that they pre-recorded...silly, but unique.

    The cars are all quite similar, so the racing is closer, and the tracks seem often to be a LOT narrower. The good thing about this season compared to previous ones is that the Gen 2 car can go the full race distance on a charge, whereas before they had to literally swap to a new car halfway through the race.

    I'm excited that manufacturers are getting into this, because any battery improvements they make here will help electric cars on the road.
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    I think ideas like "fan boost" make it a bit of a joke, but it does aim it at a much younger audience.
    Did I see something about getting more power if you take a wider line in a corner?

    In the end it needs overtaking and exciting racing to make it successful.
    And it is competing against F1, which has a long history, huge brand awareness and is rightfully considered the peak of 4 wheel motorsport.

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    The wider line is if you go to the Attack Zone, which is a several hundred meter part of the track that you drive through. Every driver has to use their attack zone twice per race, since you go off the racing line...it keeps it equal and strategy is needed.
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    The new hotness? No. It may mature into something eventually, right now it's gimmicky.

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    What would be more funny is fan drain, where they pick a car to lose power in critical parts of the race.

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    Hereís last weekends race highlights, for those watching from the sidelines.



    Things itís got going for it:

    - itís a big-dollar sport thatís attracting significant support from large companies
    - this yearís cars are much better then the old ones
    - spec chassis, but teams can develop their own engine/battery/regen setups
    - unique racing ideas to make it fun to watch
    - itís got plenty of passing
    - city streeet races in great locations
    - recent and past F1 stars taking part (notably Massa)
    - is the legit technological future of motor sport, especially F1 and Le Mans
    - professional TV package thatís fully available on YouTube after the race

    Things against it:

    - limited interest among Ďtraditionalí fans who shun electric cars
    - not serious enough as a pure motor sport
    - one day format, plus expensive street circuit construction makes it costly to host events, so requires continual backup from corporate funds
    - questionable relevance to motor sport fans

    I do hope it gains a foothold and becomes more popular. Iíve been watching the events a little bit this year, and I want them to come to Surfers to race alongside the SuperCars series! That would shake up the bogans somewhat

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    What would be more funny is fan drain, where they pick a car to lose power in critical parts of the race.
    What a great idea!

    Anyway, I like it because it keeps drivers employed. There are quite a few drivers I really think deserve F1 seats, but just couldnít for whatever reasons... so itís good to see them racing.

    As for technical aspect of the sport, itíd be more awesome to see Tesla involved, or see these manufacturers actually putting serious EVs on the road. Right now it does seem gimmicky.
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    RWA keeps saying 'motor'; anyone want to tell him? *giggle*

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    It does nothing for me. The street courses seem to have horrible, narrow layouts that just exacerbate the tendency that the drivers have to run into each other. The aerodynamics of the cars seem to be the opposite of what they need, the cars are so slow that it's just all for show.

    A technological achievement, sure, but just not good racing. The reason so many manufacturers are involved is that it is so much cheaper to run a factory team in Formula E than it is in any other motorsport. Development cost is low to something like an LMP1.
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    If anything, development of electric cars is moving pretty quickly as compared to conventional ICE cars, so it wonít be long before they are fast enough to need slicks and bigger wings. At that time they might reduce battery capacities to keep speeds down.

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