Guide to Formula E

Formula E is an FIA championship, claiming the World Championship status in the 2020/2021 season, exclusively made for electric cars only. They race in many cities around the world, partaking in countries like USA, UK, China and Mexico.

2018/2019 season brought the start of a new generation of cars, dubbed Gen 2. These cars had 50 kW more available in the battery and able to go 55 km/h faster than in Gen 1. This provided the starting point of Gen 2 Evo which will be raced in the 2020/2021 season. The car itself is a base car that every team has to use except the teams can develop their own powertrain. This is where they can gain or lose an advantage to other teams.

Left: Gen 1 (2014-2018) | Right: Gen 2 (2018-2021)

The 2019/2020 season is the 6th season in Formula E’s history. The champions that are defending their title is 2-time world champion Jean-Éric Vergne and DS Techeetah.

There are 5 sessions in a weekend of a race, they are as follows:

ShakedownThis session is usually held a day before the race where the drivers can test the electronic systems and reliability of the car, however they can only run at a reduced speed of 110 kW, compared to 200 kW in a race. They can also give feedback during briefings to alter parts of the track layout. These are usually not significant changes other than kerb placings.
PracticeThere are two practice sessions per weekend: an opening 45-minute session which is followed by a further 30-minute session. The teams and drivers drive on the track with timed conditions whilst gaining knowledge of the track and adapting to the car set-up. The power can go up to 250 kW.
QualifyingThe drivers go out in groups that are dependant on their championship positions. Each group contains 4-6 drivers. The power usage is up to 250 kW, allowing a fast timed lap.
SuperpoleThe top 6 of qualifying will go head to head, completing a single timed lap that will determine the grid positions of the top 6. The quickest in superpole starts first for the race and gains 3 championship points.
ePrixIt is a 45 minute race + 1 lap. 
The drivers also have attack mode which was added in the 2018/2019 season in replace of the car swaps of Gen 1. This gives drivers a 25 kW boost, but it comes at a cost: they must drive off the racing line and go through the designated points of attack mode to activate it. This boost usually lasts for 4 minutes.
On top of this, they also have Fanboost. Fanboost is a social media voting system where the viewers can vote for their favourite drivers to have an extra boost for 5 seconds. The top 5 drivers on the Fanboost leaderboard get the boost and it can be activated 15 minutes into the race.

The points system is the same as Formula 1, however extra points are awarded for:
– Pole Position (+3)
– Fastest Lap in Race (+1)


Over the 5 seasons, the champions are:

2014/2015Nelson Piquet JrRenault e.DAMS
2015/2016Sébastien BuemiRenault e.DAMS
2016/2017Lucas Di GrassiRenault e.DAMS
2017/2018Jean-Éric VergneAudi Sport Abt Schaeffler
2018/2019Jean-Éric VergneDS Techeetah
2019/2020António Félix da CostaDS Techeetah