FIA Formula E Championship teams and organisers have accomplished a major milestone in their preparations for the first ePrix in Beijing on September 13 by completing two full race day simulations.
Held at Donington Park, the ‘dress rehearsals’ allowed racing outfits, race organisers, track personnel and media teams to perfect their assorted trades in the run-up to the beginning of the Formula E season, which is set to offer a multitude of unique logistical challenges to everybody involved.
For example, a Formula E ePrix race day will consist of two practice sessions, a qualifying session and an hour-long race on the same day, forgoing the usual race weekend format which sees events spread over multiple days. Furthermore, every single ePrix will take place on street circuits, necessitating temporary pitlanes and pitboxes.
Perhaps the most striking logistical challenge of the ePrix races is the novel pitstop technique, which requires each driver to switch to a second, fully charged, car halfway through a race.
While teams and race organisers tackled these challenges and more, media accreditation procedures, television broadcasts and IT infrastructures were all being vigorously rehearsed behind the scenes.
The race simulations allowed all ten teams to practice the unconventional pitstops as well as full-grid standing starts, collect valuable data and fine-tune energy harvesting and battery saving techniques.
“Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation,” Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO explained.
“We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we’re leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we’re very pleased with how things went.”
The final Formula E pre-season test will be race fans’ last opportunity to see the all-electric single-seaters in action before the season kicks off in Beijing. Over 4,000 racegoers have already registered their interest online for the test, which takes place on August 19 at Donington Park.
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