Thursday, November 30, 2017

Don't Worry, Formula E is Back!

Formula E Pre-Season Testing, Valencia Spain, October 2017
We know you're sad about the end of IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1 and a bunch of other motor sports activities for the year, but THIS SATURDAY the Formula E season kicks off again! Formula E is all electric cars racing around tight city circuits in some of the biggest cities on the planet, with a season that stretches from December to July. You can find out tons of information on Formula E at the official website: FORMULA E

We've watched a few races on TV in the past, and a few key points really stick out. Firstly, well, they're electric, so they don't sound like NASCAR or anything else you might be used to. Next, the batteries only last so long, so instead of pit stops with tire changes or refuelling, the drivers park their car, hop out, and hop into a 2nd car for the rest of the race. Driver wise, if you've followed other motorsports (mostly F1), you'll recognize at least some of the names of the drivers who've competed in F1 or LeMans, or a couple of them that are sons of world champion drivers (Nico Prost, Nelson Piquet Jr.) On the team side, more and more of the big players in auto manufacturing are getting involved with this sport, and with the increase in electric cars and hybrids, this is probably a good thing (Renault, Jaguar, Audi.)

Another unique feature of Formula E is the "Fan Boost" voting, where normal people like you and me (OK, like you), can vote once a day for one driver to get an extra boost of power during the race. Somehow they do this with the electric powered cars, so if nothing else it's a way to get more interactive with fans. 

With the NMS-North relocation to just outside New York City, we'll see if we can get into the city next summer and report on the race there. Or maybe both, since NY like several other stops on the tour will feature not 1, but 2 races in a weekend. This kind of format works well in other series to give fans more on-track action to see if they've paid to attend in person.

On the not so perfect-happy-good news side, naturally with races all around the world they will be happening live in the middle of the night here in the US, so this weekend in Hong Kong's races are at 2AM Eastern. On the good news side, you can sleep normally and catch them on Fox networks and the Fox Sports Go app anytime, since it seems that no one watches boring old live TV anymore: Hong Kong Fox Schedule


Race 1 | 02 Dec 2017
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Race 2 | 03 Dec 2017
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Race 3 | 13 Jan 2018
Marrakesh, Morocco

Race 4 | 03 Feb 2018
Santiago, Chile

Race 5 | 03 Mar 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

Race 6 | 17 Mar 2018
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Race 7 | 14 Apr 2018
Rome, Italy

Race 8 | 28 Apr 2018
Paris, France

Race 9 | 19 May 2018
Berlin, Germany

Race 10 | 10 Jun 2018
Zurich, Switzerland

Race 11 | 14 Jul 2018
New York City, USA

Race 12 | 15 Jul 2018
New York City, USA 

Race 13 | 28 Jul 2018
Montreal, Canada

Race 14 | 29 Jul 2018
Montreal, Canada

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