Results From First Formula E Track Test (w/videos)

JUL 9 2014 BY MARK KANE 11

Formula E Donington Park test - Day two - results

Formula E Donington Park test – Day two – results

On July 3-4 FIA Formula E Championship conducted its first official tests at Donington Park.

20 drivers were able to pilot the all-electric racers and compare performance to each other. Because all cars are the same, just setting, race strategy and drivers skills and a little bit of luck will decide who will win.

Lucas di Grassi led the pack with a time of 1:31.973 for Audi Sport ABT team. Second was Sebastien Buemi from e.dams-Renault, who led the first session and third is Venturi driver Nick Heidfeld.

Lucas di Grassi stated:

“It was my first time driving the car with full power and I’m really pleased with the performance. With Daniel [Abt] at Silverstone for GP2, I had the use of two cars so was able to do a lot of work in race mode. We had very little problems and I was very pleased with the way the Abt team worked, and I’m looking forward to getting in the car next week.”

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

Formula E got a lot of attention at Donington Park as the test was open to public.

Another similar event will be on July 9 and 10 on the same track with free access to fans, including a pitlane walk.

Teams must conduct many tests this summer before the first event in Beijing this September.

For now, we prepared a set of photos and short videos (finally we can hear how it sounds):

Formula E Donington Park test - Day two

Formula E Donington Park test – Day two

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

Formula E Donington Park test - Day two

Formula E Donington Park test – Day two

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

Formula E Donington Park test - Day one

Formula E Donington Park test – Day one

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11 Comments on "Results From First Formula E Track Test (w/videos)"

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kdawg

They kind of sound like this, especially when speeding up & slowing down.

DaveMart

There is nothing like the whine of a thousand food mixers to set the pulses racing! – if you are a chef….

Driverguy01

Looks great, now, they need to take the next step; Remote Control!
No more humans at risk, drivers would be in individual cabins with video feeds with 0 g force and 0 fear!
That would be very exciting as risk taking would be at a much higher level and no pain involved and more importently, NO MORE DEATHS.
How about that?

James

WTFrig?!!!!

What are you smokin’, buddy?

Today is the first day of legal commercial recreational marijuana sales in my state of Washington. My guess is Driverguy01 just purchased his new stash!

Driverguy01

LOL, Nope, straight as an arrow and very serious!

James

These sights and sounds of the F E cars all together on track sends my heart soaring! Just think – This is what will catapult EVs into the mass public’s world. It’s not a revolution or a flood – it’s the constant updating of the public’s awareness that electric transport is fun, fast and efficient.

I hope these guys put in all the necessary miles to break these cars – to put maximum pressure on all components and find setups that produce impressive results for the first go-’round of EV racing at a high profile. Major city venues bring large crowds and TV coverage. Yes, they “whine” but the races will create a “buzz”!

The important thing here besides the great top-named drivers familiar to many international race fans is that the cars don’t bust, break or fail. A race wherein the cars fry and many don’t finish would actually be a setback for an EV transportation future. But if they rock, and the press gives them a thumbs-up, it’s onward and upward for EVs on our public roads far into the future.

I’m excited as hell about this and I hope you guys are too!

Jouni Valkonen

It would be perhaps more fun if Tesla, Rimac, Mercedes, RaceAbout, Nissan and Drayson Racing would set up EV racing series with already existing electric sports cars.

Tesla probably would have upper hand, because it has superchargers and battery swapping technology.

Schopenhauer

And for more fun they are forced to increase the Speed!
Donnington Park lap record is 57.221s (124.51mph) on National Circuit Distance (not including Melbourne Loop).
So lap times in the 1.3x aren’t pretty fast.
In case they used the GP Circuit (including Melbourne Loop) lap record is 1m17.707s (115.26mph)and F E lap times get much more impressive…(but I don’t think so)
For a lap of less then 1.30 you just need a little modified sportive car like a Mazda MX5 (Miata) (made it 2013 in 1m26.241s (82.61mph)
So let’s send more Amps to the rubber…

Mark

As far as I know they where driving through the Melbourne Loop.

Mark

You can see the Melbourne Hairpin in the second video from the top

Schopenhauer

Oh yes – thank you Mark! They realy used the GP-Circuit – I’m impressed!!!