Great news for those who missed out previously on the chance to purchase a grandstand ticket to attend this year’s Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix.
Due to the exceptionally high demand, Formula E has secured an additional amount of grandstand tickets for fans to follow all the action from trackside for the third edition of the race in the French capital.
Tickets will be available to purchase from two on-site box offices from 12pm on Friday 27th April and 7:30am on Saturday 28th April. The box offices are situated close to Invalides station and the Place Vauban. There will be a limited amount of tickets for sale on each day and will be sold on a first come first served basis. The box office will close on Friday once all the tickets for that day are sold.
The best way to see the race unfold is to purchase a grandstand ticket. This will give you the best seat in the house with a great view of the track - including access to the Allianz E-Village fan zone.
Tickets are only €55 for adults with reduced rates for concessions. Children under 15 can come for free when accompanied by a full paying adult (5 years+ still need a ticket).
Jean-Eric Vergne to organise charity race with support from Formula E and FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission
Drivers from the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be racing electric karts prior to the Paris E-Prix in support of Billy Monger, who was injured in a Formula 4 crash last year, losing both his legs.
The first edition of this event took place shortly after the incident in 2017, however at the time, the injuries Billy sustained meant that he was unable to attend. Since then, however, the young British driver has made a remarkable recovery and this year will take part in the event using a specially modified kart.
The race has been organised by current Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, with the support of the championship promoter and blessing of the newly formed FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission.
”Less than 12 months after his crash, Billy returned to single-seater racing using a specially-adapted car, finishing third in his first race back!” enthuses Vergne. “This outstanding news proved to us all that no one should ever give up on his or her dream and that if we all stand and work together, we can make a difference. We make the impossible, possible, and last but not least, we can motivate others to follow the same path.
“On April 25th 2018, Billy will come and race with us at RKC, my karting track on the outskirts of Paris, for the #BillyWhizz Charity eKart Race thanks to the support of SODIKART who has built 25 Electric karts for this occasion.”
The objectives of this initiative are to raise awareness about disabled professional and non-professional racing drivers by promoting the newly-established FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission with the support of its President Nathalie McGloin, the Formula E community and fans around the world. As Billy builds on the success of his recent podium in looking to secure sponsorship to fund the rest of the season, he is also supporting the UK based charity Spinal Track who give disabled drivers an opportunity to experience their first ever track or rally day in specially adapted cars. Billy is looking to offer his race expertise to other disabled drivers through instructing on a Spinal Track event as he makes plans to gain his ARDS instructors license.
“I’d love to give back to the motorsport community and this is a great way to do this. It’ll be great experience for me as I plan the next stage of my career to instruct other racing drivers in single seaters and saloon cars once I have my ARDS instructors license,” explained Billy Funds raised through this event will be donated to the charity Spinal Track founded and run by President Nathalie McGloin.
You can access the donation page here & the ekarting event page here
It’s hard to believe that it was nearly a year ago when Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne crashed out of the Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix in front of a home crowd but, in just 30 days , it’s time to do it all again as we go green in Paris for the third edition of the Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix on 27 and 28 April.
Ahead of the race, the organizers presented the latest update in Le Romantica Caffe, located just a few meters from the Circuit of the Invalides. This year’s race will be taking place the last weekend of the Easter holidays, in order to reduce the flow and traffic in the streets of the capital.
Laying on shuttles, neighbourhood meetings and distributing 15000 notices to the residents – the organisers of the race are taking all the actions to reduce the impact on local residents and drivers. In terms of getting the circuit up and running, even if the walls are laid from 16 April, the construction work will take no longer than six days.
In terms of access, a third gateway has also been integrated to improve access to the Allianz E-Village, which opens at 12:00 on Friday 27 April. From the Kids Zone and Allianz Explorer Zone, to Formula E’s manufacturers and partners’ stands and the Gaming Arena, “everything will be done to make this day even more special”, said Pierre Gosselin and Éric Barbaroux, Directors of Electric Formula and members of the organization of the Parisian race.
Of course, Jean-Éric Vergne, who currently leads the championship with 109 points, is delighted to be back on his home turf and eager to prove himself to the French crowd after crashing out of the race last year. Will he manage to remain on the podium? Join us to find out.
“Everyone from Parisians to the French people and authorities are pushing us to be the best we can. It’s great to see this demand and to see the improvement year after year. Paris is one of the main races of the calendar, the most beautiful and one of the most popular in Europe. I can’t wait the action to get started!” said Martin Manecy, director of the Formula E race.
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.
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.
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