Beijing Formula E Track Takes Shape

MAR 26 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 3

Umm…This is not the track layout we were expecting to see, but at least it’s not a big continuous oval.

Formula E Racer on the Track

Formula E Racer on the Track

Here’s the layout for the track for the first-ever Formula E racing event, which will take place this September in Beijing, China.

As you can see, it’s basically an odd-shaped rectangle with an extra turn or two.

It’s a start.

The reason for this track layout is because Formula E only gets one day to occupy the city of Beijing and the course must be the least disruptive to public traffic.  The one day only means it has to be set up and taken down quickly, so the simpler the better.

All Formula E events will take place on temporary street circuits, but we hope that future venues feature more challenging track layouts.

Each Formula E team will field identical Spark-Renault SRT_01E racers:

  • 180 hp
  • Overboost feature to 270 hp
  • Top speed 150 mph

Two vehicles will be utilized by each team per race.  This eliminates the need for recharging during the race.

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The tight corners may help accentuate the benefits of the electric race cars. We know from previous videos that the Leaf RC does reasonably well against a GT-R in the twisties, but loses in the straights. Points 18-19 and 19-20 are going to be the least exciting of the whole race. Do we know how long this course is? Or how long the straight sections are? How many laps? Will a pit stop involve changing cars?

I, for one, can’t wait for this series.

I’m looking forward to it as well. We can all see areas for improvement, but this looks like a good start to get electric racing where it needs to be, in front of the fans.

I’ve been walking most of that track 😛 That’s kind of a strange feeling now knowing it will be a racetrack (for a day).