If you’re worried that electric cars will ruin racing, let me kill that thought once and for all. I got the rare chance to do something usually reserved for ex-Formula One and Le Mans drivers: drive a Formula E car. I stepped out of the car laughing like a madwoman because it was that much fun to drive.
Admittedly, giving someone the middle finger is somewhat losing your cool, but it’s nowhere near as bad as running into the guy you’re annoyed with. This one-bird salute from Formula E’s Nick Heidfeld is the smoothest middle finger I’ve seen in ages. Watch and learn.
Oh no. Porsche is now rumored to be thinking about a Formula E program. On its own, that would be rad. But combined with the rumors that Porsche is also shutting down its Le Mans prototype program and I start getting bad flashbacks to Audi’s withdrawal from Le Mans’ LMP1 class to go to Formula E. Formula E is fun, but…
Racing’s fanbase seems to shrink every year, and I can only take so many stories about lower television ratings and lagging ticket sales before I wonder if we’ve lost the plot. Pandering solely to the base isn’t working when that base keeps eroding. Motorsports has to try something new in order to evolve and survive…
Today, Formula E went to the narrow, windy streets of Monaco on a shortened version of its iconic course, where passing is still as tough as it gets. I’m not sure I can think of any alternate universe where this crazy red mist pass attempt around the outside would actually work.
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.”