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Poll: Formula E Season 5 [2018/2019]: Official Thread (81 member(s) have cast votes)

What are you looking forward the most for S5?

  1. New cars, proper speed! (54 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. Felipe Massa's electric debut (6 votes [7.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.41%

  3. Boost Mode in action (1 votes [1.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.23%

  4. An underdog's win (4 votes [4.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.94%

  5. New drivers, more cars (16 votes [19.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.75%

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#101 maximilian

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 21:44

Plus, FE will probably race in Singapore sooner or later, so makes sense to be there and check out the venue.



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#102 thegamer23

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 22:44

Jaguar presentation on wednesday!

#103 Vielleicht

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:45

Great interview with Lucas Di Grassi, you should watch it right now!  :up:  :up:  :up: 

 

Amazed at how established and (relatively) accepted Formula E has become in just a few short years. I keep saying it but I really mean it.



#104 RSRally

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:48

Jaguar presentation on wednesday!


Not much to learn here though, unless they have some new sponsors or new livery..

#105 thegamer23

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 15:23

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Some more Gen 2 goddess, from Calafat, Spain.

It's a Mahindra! (in pre-season overalls) 

 

 

JAGUAR PRESENTATION TOMORROW AT 11.00 (UK TIME)


Edited by thegamer23, 18 September 2018 - 15:30.


#106 RSRally

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:12

Jag launch live now: https://www.facebook...749412948743866

#107 thegamer23

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:17

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#108 Anja

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:20

Clean and sharp, I like it,. 



#109 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:27

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Some more Gen 2 goddess, from Calafat, Spain.
It's a Mahindra! (in pre-season overalls)


JAGUAR PRESENTATION TOMORROW AT 11.00 (UK TIME)

Am I to assume that's Heidfeld in the car (black helmet)?

#110 RSRally

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:14

Am I to assume that's Heidfeld in the car (black helmet)?


Yes, in the e-racing 365 article about Werhlein it mentioned Heidfeld was testing the same day.

#111 thegamer23

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:44



#112 Vielleicht

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 16:26

Jaguar livery works really nicely with the shape of Gen2. Nice.



#113 thegamer23

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 18:55

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Sexy beast!  :up:  :up:  :up:


Edited by thegamer23, 19 September 2018 - 18:55.


#114 empe

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 09:35

Am I to assume that's Heidfeld in the car (black helmet)?

 

 

Yes, in the e-racing 365 article about Werhlein it mentioned Heidfeld was testing the same day.

 

I thought Heidfeld used Schuberth helmets since like forever...



#115 thegamer23

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 10:50

Not a bad sight

 

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#116 RSRally

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 12:52

The FE driver lineup seems to grow stronger each year. Season 5 we have faster cars too.. now my only concern is some of the circuits.

Hopefully the new ones will be good, and they will further improve the ones they have already.

#117 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 07:29

Virgin-Audi confirmed:

https://e-racing365....mer-powertrain/

#118 HistoryFan

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 08:01

didn't know that Audi has 7 extra test days because of that engine supply.



#119 NorwegianRudo

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 08:11

didn't know that Audi has 7 extra test days because of that engine supply.

 

That's been the case all along. The customer team has zero test days, excepting the official tests of course, making Techeetah's season all the more impressive.



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#120 thegamer23

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 12:34



#121 Vielleicht

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 17:42

e-formel.de report that Vienna want a race and on possible routes for the Swiss ePrix in Bern.

 

https://e-formel.de/...ennen-2958.html [German]



#122 Vielleicht

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 15:31

https://e-racing365....r-going-public/

 

I wish NIO the best of luck becuase I do think it would be kind of cool to see a new car brand forged in-part in the world of Motorsport.



#123 FredrikB

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 05:51

So NIO are actively working on battery swapping tech. To bad FE is not interested in that. It would solve electric cars biggest problem. Range.

#124 Vielleicht

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 07:10

Well, maybe, but FE is interested in maximizing the range out of any given battery with efficiency improvements in both the physical components and the software. Which they have been improving each season all the while going faster, so it's all still valuable.

 

Battery swapping isn't really a magic bullet either in my opinion, just another way of doing things with it's own drawbacks and criticisms. That said, if it becomes the preferred option for automotive manufacturers then Formula E would most likely have to follow suit. It just isn't right now.


Edited by Vielleicht, 24 September 2018 - 07:13.


#125 Vielleicht

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 12:36

Nissan rumored to be using McLaren components, twin motor set up

https://e-racing365....ain-components/

 

Love a good technical rumor mill, even more so in something like Formula E



#126 Ben1445

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 08:52

The Riyadh circuit is a bit bendy. 

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#127 thegamer23

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 08:56

That's different, for sure!  :eek:

That mid section looks tricky as hell with all those medium-high speed bends! 

If there will be some elevation changes, that could be one hell of a circuit!
 

Would have removed T18-19 tho
 

Waiting for more data


Edited by thegamer23, 25 September 2018 - 09:20.


#128 Vielleicht

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:09

My immediate thought was a mini Pescara.



#129 thegamer23

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:50

A slightly better view of it

 

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FE will race through the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh.

The 2.5 km circuit features 21 corners and races through the historic town walls before heading back towards the start/finish line in the heart of the district.

 

Agag: "The partnership continues to show the appeal of Formula E on a global scale and I’m proud to welcome SAUDIA to the Formula E family as the excitement continues to build for the opening round of season five on December 15.

"When you consider Saudi Arabia is opening-up to international sports fans for the first time - and we have a new partner who can connect those fans to our series - it really is a strong addition to the championship."

The season begins on December 15 with the debut of the all-new Gen 2 car, which is capable of completing an entire race distance on a single charge.


Edited by thegamer23, 25 September 2018 - 09:53.


#130 FredrikB

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 11:20

https://goo.gl/maps/oFGLMh19qCz

 

Racing between high walls might be pretty cool..



#131 RSRally

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 11:58

Layout looks good, just hope the roads will be wide enough.

#132 thegamer23

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 19:36

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#133 RSRally

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 20:57

Some footage from today in Riyadh, unfortunately dodgy sound: https://m.youtube.co...h?v=yIJpA97j37s

#134 thegamer23

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 16:30

https://www.motorspo...hrough/3183758/

No Monaco full layout apparently  :( 

"I wanted to do the same layout as F1, but the FIA wouldn’t let me." - Agag



#135 Muppetmad

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 16:48

That's a pity - especially since I think the shorter layout is going to be far too small for the new car. I fear it could be a bit of a crashfest...



#136 thegamer23

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 17:50

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https://www.motortre...sts/0_tvvwk1de/

If you're subscribed to Motor Trend, that's a video to watch.
Even if you're not, there's a 14 days trial   ;) 

Marino Franchitti drives both Audi Gen 1 & Gen 2, a good 20 minutes documentary! 

The difference between the two cars is quite striking, making the Gen 1 look like a toy! 

"You can't believe this (Gen 2) is from the same championship" - pretty much sums it up!


Edited by thegamer23, 26 September 2018 - 18:22.


#137 f1paul

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 20:03

That's a pity - especially since I think the shorter layout is going to be far too small for the new car. I fear it could be a bit of a crashfest...

I agree. I think it will be too small for the new cars.

 

They really need to use the full layout, just for the bigger car's sake. Lap one will be so messy and clumsy with the short layout,



#138 Anja

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 20:11

Leave it to FIA to decide against a seemingly obvious, positive change. Very disappointing. 



#139 Vielleicht

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 20:26

That had been expected in background for a while now, bit of a shame.

 

Disappointing as that Monaco news is, in that report there is also (near) confirmation in there that Santiago will take the January slot. Also more talk of Switzerland moving the race to Bern.



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#140 Ben1445

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 20:49

If you're subscribed to Motor Trend, that's a video to watch.

Even if you're not, there's a 14 days trial   ;) 

Marino Franchitti drives both Audi Gen 1 & Gen 2, a good 20 minutes documentary! 

The difference between the two cars is quite striking, making the Gen 1 look like a toy! 

"You can't believe this (Gen 2) is from the same championship" - pretty much sums it up!

Well that has me excited for Gen 2! 

 

 

Also more talk of Switzerland moving the race to Bern.

 

I noted that old mr skeptic Tiff Needell was pointing to this on Twitter without context and making it look like Zurich didn't want the race back, rather than moving it for a clash with a festival. Which was a little irresponsible. 



#141 RSRally

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 04:29

I agree. I think it will be too small for the new cars.

They really need to use the full layout, just for the bigger car's sake. Lap one will be so messy and clumsy with the short layout,


I also think the new cars will need longer, faster circuits to stretch their legs. I don’t care about the lap time comparison, I just think the new cars would have looked better and the racing would be improved on the full circuit.

#142 FredrikB

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 06:48

https://www.motorspo...hrough/3183758/

No Monaco full layout apparently  :( 

"I wanted to do the same layout as F1, but the FIA wouldn’t let me." - Agag

 

What does this mean? "...and making modifications to the [longer] track is very expensive."

What kind of modifications do they need for FE? A chicane in the tunnel?



#143 Ben1445

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 06:58

Could easily just mean that it costs more to set up the whole Grand Prix circuit than their short version...


Edited by Ben1445, 27 September 2018 - 06:58.


#144 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 07:12

Mitch Evans's brother Simon joins Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy:

https://e-racing365....i-pace-etrophy/

#145 RSRally

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 18:00

More from Saudi: https://m.youtube.co...h?v=-OmEUM5ezso

Looks like it could be a pretty good location actually.

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 18:28

I'm surprised any Arab country would want to promote an alternative to petrol and diesel.

 

Do they happen to be sitting on 75% of the world's lithium reserves?


Edited by R Soul, 27 September 2018 - 18:29.


#147 FredrikB

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 20:41

I'm surprised any Arab country would want to promote an alternative to petrol and diesel.

 

Do they happen to be sitting on 75% of the world's lithium reserves?

 

No, but HUGE landmasses with (almost) 100% blue skies. Saudi Arabia are already producing solar power that is cheaper than eletricity from oil driven sources.

There was a documentary on swedish tv about it about a year ago. Very interesting.

 

EDIT: Here it is. Lots of swedish, but much of it in english too. https://www.svtplay....ens-sista-strid


Edited by FredrikB, 27 September 2018 - 20:44.


#148 stewie

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 20:47

Could easily just mean that it costs more to set up the whole Grand Prix circuit than their short version...


It's fully set up anyway as the F1 gp is two weeks later (hence why the historics use the whole track).

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 21:48

It's fully set up anyway as the F1 gp is two weeks later (hence why the historics use the whole track).

But I would assume that, even if there's  most of it in place, Monaco would charge more to close off the extra track and have marshals in place for the whole track compared to using just the shorter version. 

 

I don't know. I just still think it's a plausible explanation. 



#150 stewie

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 22:41

But I would assume that, even if there's most of it in place, Monaco would charge more to close off the extra track and have marshals in place for the whole track compared to using just the shorter version.

I don't know. I just still think it's a plausible explanation.

That bit could possibly be the case, yes. I hadn't thought of that side of things.