One of the most unique parts of going to a Formula E race is the sound—or lack thereof. Everyone I’ve met who routinely works along the pit lane, for example, has some horror story about almost getting run over by a nearly silent car. At speed, though, there’s some odd future-spaceship whine sound that comes from the…
Today’s Formula E Mexico City ePrix lost all semblance of chill towards the end of the race. One of several attempts to fight for position didn’t end well for the two Mahindra cars, littering the turn in Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez’s old baseball stadium with debris with two laps to go.
Renault e.dams Formula E driver Sébastien Buemi had a miserable race today. After having won the first three Formula E races in a row, he wasn’t anywhere near the lead of the Mexico City ePrix. Apparently this was, to translate directly from the French “merde” spoken on Buemi’s team radio: “shit.”
FanBoost—where fans vote to give a driver an additional boost of power to use during an FIA Formula E Championship race—sets off no small amount of rage from purists who feel as if it’s a gimmick. However, drivers I’ve spoken with at this weekend’s Formula E race don’t seem to mind it, and series CEO Alejandro Agag…
Formula E as a series tries so hard to be green, they even thought about where they source their power. Instead of hooking up to a power grid that may be fueled by coal or other less-than-savory sources of energy, they bring in generators that run off glycerol. You can drink it! But I don’t recommend it.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne made big headlines this week after saying that Ferrari needs to get into Formula E. In true Sergio fashion, though, that came as news to the Formula E side, whose CEO Alejandro Agag told Jalopnik that the famed Italian marque hasn’t reached out to them about this yet.
Welcome to the weird world where the race cars are quiet, a post-Dieselgate Audi still has a factory racing effort, and Faraday Future’s name is actually on a real-life, complete working car that exists. I’m off to Formula E to see if the so-called electric future of racing is one worth getting excited about.
For the longest time, the all-electric Formula E has been notorious for being the series of That Guy You Wish Had Stayed In Formula One. Now they may be getting some homebrew talent of their own thanks to an electric car nicknamed Formulino E, reports Electric Autosport. The new Formulino E car would be used for a…
Five U.S. cities are on the short list for a 2018 Formula E race, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Austin, reports the Austin-American Statesman. With electric race cars that are vastly quieter than the pit-o’-debauchery that is Sixth Street, the group pushing for the race date says they can act fast to make it…
Autonomous car racing is real and happening soon. From a technological standpoint it’s all quite impressive, but there’s one big problem: it sounds boring as all shit to watch. How do you make autonomous racing interesting? The answer is pretty clear: they need to blow each other up.
Those in attendance at the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix witnessed history yesterday. Roborace debuted what’s being billed as the first competitive race between self-driving cars on a professional Formula E track. How’d it go? Great! Or, it was at least great for the winning car.
Meet the new Spark SRT05e, the concept for the next generation Formula E car set to debut in 2018. It looks badass, it’s safer than the current car and best of all, it incorporates a bigger battery to kill off the confusing, goofy mid-race car swaps once and for all. Formula E may finally be worth watching.
One of the gimmicks Formula E uses to try getting fans more involved is Fanboost: fans vote for their favorites to give them a boost in-race. During the series’ first-ever eRace that pit Formula E pros against professional gamers, however, the controversial gimmick had perhaps its biggest failure yet.
For a lot of people, riding in a car that has even partial control over its actions is difficult enough in slow traffic—just ask the 70-year-old lady who thoroughly freaked out while using Tesla’s Autopilot. But letting a race car take full control? That’s a whole new level of “No, thanks.”
Without question, the modern era of the most famous race in the world—the 24 Hours of Le Mans—has belonged to Audi. That comes to an end this year. This is the way things had to go.
Audi announced this morning that they will end their participation in the series it spent a decade dominating, the World Endurance Championship—including the 24 Hours of Le Mans—to shift their focus to the all-electric Formula E championship instead at the end of 2016. It’s one of the biggest shifts the racing world…
The team behind Roborace, the planned support series for the FIA Formula E Championship that’ll race electric self-driving cars, scheduled its car’s debut for Formula E’s season opener in Hong Kong last weekend. But the car didn’t make it to the track, and the team documented all of its struggles on video.
Formula E may have be struggling to win fans’ love and attention, but the series’ latest stunt shows that they speak the universal automotive language of love: donuts. Specifically, polar ice cap donuts.
Despite a series of recent announcements of new works teams in Formula E, the series didn’t do so great in its first year. It posted a loss of $68.4 million for its inaugural 2014-2015 season, per Sports Business Daily. Ouch!