Formula E ready for Rome

From the familiar cobbled streets and piazzas to Rome's ancient landmarks and world-famous monuments, the Italian capital awoke to the sound of four all-electric single-seater racers touring the streets to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship, ahead of the inaugural Rome E-Prix on April 14 2018. Click HERE to register for ticket information.

Leading the pack was reigning champion and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Lucas di Grassi, touring the city alongside former champions Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) and Nelson Piquet Jn. (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), followed by newly-signed Italian NIO Formula E driver Luca Filippi.



Making their way in formation through the heart of the Eternal City, the drivers stopped off in front of city hall, pulling onto the Michaelangelo-designed Piazza del Campidoglio. “I’m excited to be here today to present the first-ever E-Prix in Rome," said Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. "Seeing and hearing the Formula E cars on the streets of a place like Rome, for me, will be a truly unforgettable experience," he added.

Greeting the drivers in the square alongside Agag, Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi said the E-Prix will have a "positive economic impact," bringing "investments and benefits to the city with its legacy programme, such as new streets and electric charging stations."



Continuing on their journey, piloting the cars past Rome's most notorious battleground - the Colleseum - all four drivers arrived at the Roma Conference Centre, in the contemporary Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) district, where the race will be held. “Today we’ve finally managed to determine the right conditions that will bring the great show of electric cars on the city's EUR circuit...It’s a personal satisfaction and a team result," said EUR SpA Chairman Roberto Diacetti.


With the course being announced during the event, the Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR will be the second longest track in the calendar at 1.77miles in length. With a total of 21 turns, the circuit will be "challenging for the drivers," said Agag. With the start/finish line on Via Cristoforo Colombo, the cars will race around the Obelisco di Marconi, against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadrato.

For Italian fans, every race in the Championship will be free-to-air on Mediaset's Italia 1 and Italia 2 channels, as the new Italian broadcaster of Formula E. 

Don't miss out on tickets for the inaugural Rome E-Prix. Click HERE to register for ticket information or HERE to find out how to watch.

Next generation Formula E Car breaks cover in Geneva

You've seen the teasers, you've seen the CGI shots but now, it's finally time to uncover the future of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Welcome, one and all, to the first official pictures and technical specification of the Gen2 car, as the covers come off at the Geneva motor show. 


Unveiling the car for the very first time was FIA President Jean Todt, Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag, alongside a helping (not-so-human) hand from our title partner ABB's robot arm.

With a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) and the ability to travel double the distance of our current car, the Gen2 car means there's no need for a mid-race car swap from Season Five onwards. Doubling the range of the car in just four years, shows just how fast the technology in Formula E and the world of electric mobility is developing. "It’s incredible to see the progress made in just four years - to double the range of the car and increase the power output is a fantastic achievement," said FIA President Jean Todt. "With the support of so many manufacturers, Formula E will continue to push the development of electric vehicle technology, and this car is an important milestone in this journey.”


With the likes of Jaguar, Audi, DS, Mahindra, NIO, Renault and French manufacturer Venturi already competing in the championship, seasons five and six will see BMW, Porsche, Mercedes and Nissan join the ranks as the world's first all-electric single seater championship continues to grow. With so many manufacturers involved, "Formula E Formula E will continue to push the development of electric vehicle technology," said Todt. 

Aside from the dramatic batmobile-like bodywork, the Gen2 Formula E car will benefit from the new Halo head protection device, which forms part of the chassis. With a nifty strip of LED lighting, fans will be able to follow the strategy of their favourite team or driver - with the lights indicating different power modes and other race-related information. "This is the first time I’ve seen the complete car in the flesh and it’s even more sleek and spectacular up close. If you were to draw a racing car from scratch and base it purely on its looks, you’d come up with just this design," said Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E. "This model visually differentiates Formula E from any other single-seater in motorsport today. When people see this car they will say it’s Formula E, it’s the future.”


Keeping the car planted on the track is the job of the new Michelin Pilot Sport all-weather tyre, specifically designed for electric street racing. Lighter than its predecessors, they tyre also creates less rolling resistance, helping the cars travel faster for longer. Formula E is a fascinating mission from a technical perspective - it gives us the opportunity to create something completely different to anything else in motorsport, and developing innovative technologies at the forefront of the electric revolution that is happening in the automotive industry is really exciting, said FIA Technical Director, Gilles Simon. "To make some something faster with double the efficiency was a great challenge, and I think it’s going to be very spectacular when it takes to the track in season five.”



Length - 5160 mm
Width - 1770 mm
Height - 1050 mm
Front track - 1553 mm
Rear track - 1505 mm
Ride height - 75 mm (max)
Wheelbase - 3100 mm

Minimum weight (inc. driver)

900 kg (battery - 385 kg)

Maximum power - 250 kW, equivalent to 335 bhp
Race mode (maximum power available) - 200 kW, equivalent to 270 bhp
Maximum power regeneration - 250 kW
The amount of energy that can be delivered to the MGU (the motor) by the RESS (the battery) is limited to 54 kWh. This will be permanently monitored by the FIA.

Maximum speed - 280 km/h (174 mph)

Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.8 seconds

Tyres - Bespoke 18-inch MICHELIN Pilot Sport tyres for use in both wet and dry conditions.

Brakes - Brembo package; bespoke carbon discs and pads 278 mm in diameter at the front and 263 mm at the rear, callipers and tandem master cylinder - brake-by-wire at the rear.

Guide: Welcome to the 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix

After the ABB FIA Formula E Championship celebrated Daniel Abt's first victory in the all-electric series for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, it's time to head back to Punta del Este in Uruguay for round six - that all-important halfway point - as we welcome you to the 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix.

Taking place on March 17 on the Punta Del Este Street Circuit, which runs the length of the sun-drenched Playa Brava, all 10 teams and 20 drivers will battle to boost their standing in the championship as they approach the second half of the season. Playing host to Formula E in Season One and Two, Punta del Este saw Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne on pole in his first ever Formula E race in 2014 while Renault e.dams' Sebastien Buemi took the top step of the podium. Season Two saw former champion Nelson Piquet Jn. crash out in spectacular fashion while Buemi held onto his title as the race winner for the second consecutive year. Will he be able to claim his hattrick this year? Join us to find out.

Can't make it to the race? No problem - check out our handy broadcast guide to find out how to watch where you are.

SATURDAY 17 MARCH (all times are local to Punta del Este)

08:00 - Allianz E-Village opens
For the early risers, the gates to the Allianz E-Village - Formula E's festival of entertainment, technology and innovation - open at 08:00. With activities for all ages, including the drivers' autograph session, food stalls, interactive displays and the chance to drive the track on our simulators in the Gaming Arena. Here, the three fastest fans will go through to the E-Race where they'll have the chance to race directly against the three fastest Formula E drivers. Think you can beat the pros? Now's your chance to prove it. 
Click here to learn more about the Allianz E-Village.

08:00 - Free Practice 1, Track
For those keen on getting in on ALL the racing action, the first free practice session of the day starts at 08:00. This is the first time the drivers will have the chance to drive the track under timed conditions, giving us an insight into how they'll perform during the race. Despite the timings, they don't count towards the race result - it's just a free practice session. Here, the drivers can make use of the full 200kW of the car's power.

09:00 - Gold Grandstand Pit Walk, Pit Lane


Always wanted to see behind the scenes at Formula E? Well, for ticket holders in the Gold Grandstand, it's your chance to see into the team garages and get to the heart of Formula E.

10:30 - Free Practice 2, Track 
Yep, that's right - this session is exactly the same format as before only this is the second time the drivers will drive the track under timed conditions. This session is another chance for them to test the set-up of the car and make sure it's perfect for the race. Again, despite the timer running, this session doesn't count towards the race and drivers can make use of all 200kWs.

12:00 - Qualifying, Track


Qualifying determines the starting grid for the race, with the fastest driver lining-up in first place. The session lasts one hour and sees drivers divided into groups, decided by a lottery conducted in advance. Each driver has six minutes to set their best time, with the top-five drivers proceeding to the Super Pole shoot-out (see below).

12:45 - Super Pole, Track 
During the Super Pole shoot-out, the drivers go out one-by-one, with the fifth fastest driver from the group stages going out first. When they cross the line to start their flying lap, the pitlane light turns green and the fourth fastest driver heads out. This is repeated until all five drivers have completed a lap. The fastest driver out of the five will be awarded the Julius Baer Pole Position and an additional three points. It's all worth fighting for.

13:45 - E-Race, Gaming Arena, Allianz E-Village


Not all the racing in Formula E takes place on the track. At every round in the championship is the E-Race - a virtual race taking place in the Allianz E-Village, where drivers battle against the fans on simulators, that replicate all the on-track action. With the three fastest fans going head-to-head against the three fastest drivers, the E-Race is the place to take on pros. Think you can do it?

14:00 - Drivers' Autograph Session, Allianz E-Village
Stick around after the E-Race to meet with the drivers at the Autograph session. Signing everything from caps, t-shirts and, err, lemons (?), be sure to bring your favourite merchandise along. Oh, and don't forget the fruit.



14:30 - Platinum Grandstand Pit Walk, Pit Lane
At 14:30 there's another chance to see behind the scenes at Formula E as we open up the pit lane to Platinum Grandstand ticket holders. Here's your chance to see into the team garages and get to the heart of Formula E.

15:00 - Driver Parade, Track
Here's your chance to get a good look at all 20 drivers before the race as they complete a parade lap in all-electric classic cars. The next time you see them, they'll be going flat out in the race.

16:04 - 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix (37 laps), Track

This is it, the moment you (not to mention all the teams and drivers) have been waiting for. No more practice, no more qualifying, just 37 laps of pure electric racing and one winner. After Renault e.dams Sebastien Buemi claimed victory here in season one and two, can he make it his hattrick?

17:00 - CBMM Niobium Podium Ceremony, Allianz E-Village
That's it, the results are in and three drivers will take to the podium but only one can take the title - who will it be? Join in the celebration and watch them spray the Mumm champagne in the Allianz E-Village.

18:30 - Allianz E-Village and CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix closes
That's it for the 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix and we're now over halfway through the season but don't worry, there are still six rounds of all-electric racing to come - click here to see our full calendar listing