FOX Sports To Broadcast First-Ever Formula E Race This Saturday

3 years ago by Mark Kane 12

Formula E completes full event simulation ahead of first ever race

Formula E completes full event simulation ahead of first ever race

Formula E Beijing ePrix

Formula E Beijing ePrix

This weekend FIA Formula E Championship takes off in Beijing, China and here we present information on television coverage in the US.

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO will be airing the race live. First round: Saturday, September 13 (3:30 a.m. ET).

Replay is scheduled for Sunday, September 14 (1 p.m. ET).

Here is the FOX Sports announcement:

“The United States is represented by two teams — Andretti Formula E, with driver Franck Montagny; and Dragon Racing, with drivers Mike Conway and Jerome d’Ambrosio. Two U.S. events are scheduled for the spring, with Miami on March 14 and Long Beach on April 4.”

“As part of the new series, Formula E introduces interactive FanBoost, where fans can give their favorite driver an extra speed boost by voting for them prior to the race. The three drivers with the most votes receive one five-second power boost, temporarily increasing their cars’ power. For more information on FanBoost and to cast your vote, click here.”

“The first of 10 races takes place in Beijing around the iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium with the season finale taking place in London on June 27.”

“The FIA Formula E Championship is a strong addition to the industry-leading FOX Sports 1 motor sports lineup for 2014-15 that now includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Monster Energy Supercross, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the MotoGP World Championship, Moto2, Moto3, the ARCA Racing Series and Monster Jam.”

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12 responses to "FOX Sports To Broadcast First-Ever Formula E Race This Saturday"

  1. Brian says:

    For those of us who have done away with cable, where can I watch a recording of this online? Will Fox host it on their website?

    Also, this is quite the turn-around for a network that was once decidedly anti-EV. I hope they don’t attempt to sabotage the event somehow by providing poor coverage.

    1. Brian says:

      FWIW, I found this. It’s pretty useless to me, though.

      http://www.brunosenna.com.br/Formula-E/where-to-watch

      “Online streaming will also be made available where possible together with live timing allowing fans to catch the action wherever they are.”

      1. DaveMart says:

        Thanks Brian.
        ITV is good enough for UK folk!
        No dodgy streams needed.

        I don’t know if I can get very enthusiastic about watching a race where the audience gets to vote who gets a power boost though.

        American Idol is fine, but lets keep it there.

        1. Mikael says:

          Well, the fan boost didn’t do any difference to the race (maybe it will in the future?). But it has resulted in the drivers and teams being very open and inviting.
          Showing pics and videos from the pits, from what they have been doing and such.

          So I think it has had a very positive effect.

  2. Anon says:

    It will be interesting to watch what happens when you mix Rednecks and Electricity… 😉

    1. GeorgeS says:

      LOL Anon.

      Touche!

      There’s no stopping the movement now that we have rednecks on our side.

      I can see them all now wearing striped pants and beret’s waving EV flags in one hand and AR15’s in the other.

  3. Huffster says:

    I’m a TV cord cutter too, I hope that this advanced series can find a way to distribute live and via on demand replays in an advanced way, with simple and easy online accessibility.

  4. ClarksonCote says:

    Wait, Fox is airing something on EV’s that isn’t negative? Did the solar storm hit early?

    I don’t have cable either, HDTV through my antenna and Netflix is enough for me.

  5. HVACman says:

    Fox is covering this because they think they can get good film footage of:

    a) 30 minute pit stops to recharge IF the pit crew can figure out how to plug in the charger cable,

    b) race car batteries bursting into flames,

    c) during a lull in the racing (during recharging) discuss how expensive these cars are, as Formula E spent a billion dollars to develop them and they only have 40 racing, resulting in a net development cost of $25 million per car.

    d) Obama waving the starting flag for his “Obama race cars”.

  6. DaveMart says:

    I just caught the end.
    Check it out, at least the final lap!

    Spectacular!

  7. Mikael says:

    Some sick racing today. Very exciting! And what a dramatic ending…

    This will be very interesting to follow!

  8. DaveMart says:

    We have pretty solid proof of how protective the structure is, and that batteries don’t immediately burst into flames on impact! :-0