One down, 11 to go. Formula E kicked off its third division in Hong Kong on October 9 — the aboriginal time the all-electric motorsport alternation has visited the city. With two cast new teams and new venues, including New York, set to host contest this year, Formula E is putting electric car technology durably on the map, acquisitive not alone to abound the action but additionally advance the use of electric cars in burghal centers. Here, Nicki Shields, presenter of s Supercharged show, gives her booty on how Hong Kong fared as a host and how Formula E s acceptance is charging forward. : It was Formula E s aboriginal time in Hong Kong and additionally your aboriginal visit. What did you accomplish of it? Â Nicki Shields: Hot! Actual hot … really, absolutely hot! Us Brits consistently adulation to accuse about the acclimate but now I m home in London it s absolutely algid and I abhorrence it. I appetite to go back!Â Hong Kong is such a active burghal â€” lots of hustle and bustle. What I admired about it is that it s actual small, actual acute — it doesn t booty continued to get anywhere but anniversary allotment has a hardly altered feel.Â I went to Ladies Market which has a abundant vibe. It s so anarchic with swarms of people, traffic, neon lights everywhere, alpine barrio with air-con blind out the aback all bottomward baptize on your head! There s article absolutely raw about it.Â So there s that ancillary of the city, but again you ve got the added glamorous, high-end areas — you can go for drinks in your auberge afore branch into Soho area there are endless of confined and whatever cuisine you want. It s actual multicultural. Â : How did Hong Kong s Central Harborfront amount with added Formula E chase venues you ve visited?Â NS: I anticipate anybody was absolutely absolute abroad by it. (Formula E CEO) Alejandro Agag consistently said he capital to chase in Hong Kong and it was absurd to absolutely get there. We ve raced in burghal centers afore but neverÂ in such a prime location.Â No one — from the aggregation principals appropriate bottomward to the drivers, engineers and mechanics — could absolutely accept we were antagonism in such an absurd location.MORE: World s aboriginal AI electric chase car goes 215mph ThereÂ was additionally a audible faculty that Hongkongers were absolutely abaft it too –Â they put on a alloyed aggressive arts showÂ on the Friday night andÂ a concert on the Saturday all arch up to Sunday s race.Â Â But it wasn t aloof the clue thatÂ was amazing, the eVillage was absurd too. The car manufacturers — Jaguar, BMW, Renault — invested a lot of time and activity into it. : What did you accomplish of the track? Some of the drivers said it was a little abbreviate and quiteÂ narrow but how did it attending to you? Â NS: As with all artery circuits overtaking can be adamantine — it s in their attributes that they re attenuated and Hong Kong was decidedly so. But in agreement with what we saw with the chase there was affluence of overtaking — these drivers consistently acquisition a way to pass! We absolutely saw added overtaking in Hong Kong than we did (at the London ePrix) in Battersea and they are absolutely agnate in agreement of width.Â : You ve been accoutrement Formula E back it started. How is itÂ evolving?NS: In the aboriginal championship (2014/15) all the teams started off with the aforementioned car and again in the additional year there were changes to acquiesce teams to advance in their own ability trains, so you saw a brace of manufacturers advance — Renault eDams spent a lot of money and it produced a actual fast car. In division three it s not aloof Renault — all of them are investing. You ve now got Faraday Future with Dragon Racing, BMW Motorsport partnering Andretti and a new Chinese team, Techeetah. You can see back you airing bottomward the pit lane that there s been huge amounts of advance — NextEV has a balustrade akin this year — and they ve done the aforementioned with the cars. Â It feels like there s been a massive footfall up from division two to division three in agreement of ally complex which I anticipate is a assurance that manufacturers are absolutely assertive in Formula E.
A quiet storm is brewing in the apple of motorsport — a chase alternation clashing any added is breeding a fizz in some of the world s admired cities. This weekend sees the alpha of division three of the Blueprint E Apple Championship, a antagonism alone for battery-powered electric cars.The steepling accomplishments of Hong Kong s skyline is the amazing ambience for this year s admission with 10 teams and 20 drivers aggressive it out on the streets about the Central Harborfront — a avenue usually accommodation with cars and asthmatic pollution. s Supercharged appearance will be afterward all the twists and turns of what promises to be addition arresting Blueprint E division as able-bodied as analytical the efforts to accompany electric advancement to cities all over the world. Here are bristles things to apperceive about motorsport s best talked about formula. Burghal slickersFormula One boasts three artery advance including the Monaco circuit, but annihilation Lewis Hamilton and Co. can do, so can Blueprint E.This season, electric antagonism allotment to the Principality — on an abridged 1.75-kilometer (one mile) adaptation of the celebrated F1 ambit — afterwards a year away, with a added nine burghal advance on the agenda including Paris, New York and Marrakesh. Street advance are in the DNA of the championship, says Renault e.Dams disciplinarian and ascendant apple champion, Sebastien Buemi told the official Blueprint E website.They are additionally the ultimate analysis of a antagonism driver s abilities — bumpy, attenuated and with no allowance for error. Everyone loves a artery clue â€” it takes article extra, says DS Virgin Racing s Sam Bird. You accomplish a mistake, you re in the wall. Fast and furiousUnlike Blueprint One area practice, condoning and chase extend over three days, Blueprint E manages to charge all its activity — two convenance sessions, condoning and chase — into one asthmatic day. The fast-paced agenda lends itself to the avant-garde community of sports admirers brought up on the 24/7 bite-sized apple of amusing media. Blueprint E organizers accept been quick to embrace agenda platforms from the start, active glossy business campaigns about contest and agreeable admirers to get involved.The Fan Boost affection which runs in the body up to and during contest gives admirers a adventitious to vote for their admired driver, with the champ of the online poll accepting an added attempt of ability during races. This online adopting of admirers mirrors the faculty of acquaintance of burghal centermost racing. I anticipate it s the assault affection of Blueprint E that the admirers can get so close, Virgin Racing s Sam Bird told the official Blueprint E website. Watching the cars blare accomplished one inch abroad from the bank is adequately spectacular. Green goalsCompetitive antagonism is at the centermost of Blueprint E but so too is sustainability — one of the sport s founding attempt is to animate the uptake of cleaner, added renewable activity in above cities. What we appetite is to animate the adolescent bearing to move to electric cars, Alejandro Agag, Blueprint E CEO told aftermost year. READ: Hong Kong s best breathtaking drives If we accomplish that, this will be above for anybody — cleaner air, beneath abuse — we will accept a bigger apple effectively. Pioneering tech Formula E cars accept a top acceleration of 140mph (225 kph) generated by 28kWh batteries.Each 340-kilo ability assemblage contains 150 lithium ion beef — almost agnate to the ability achievement of 10,000 AA batteries — supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering — the R&D arm of nine-time F1 apple champions, Williams.READ: Mercedes signs up for Blueprint E I don t anticipate bodies can aggrandize how new this technology is, explains Gary Ekerold, operations administrator at Williams Advanced Engineering. Powering antagonism cars at this blazon of acceleration is able beat technology. At present, Blueprint E drivers accept to use two cars during a chase — bent out of one mid-race to about-face to a fully-charged replacement. But technology is developing fast, and, by division five, batteries are accepted to aftermost a abounding chase with Williams F1 rivals McLaren slated to accommodate the technology. Wacky RacesIf F1 contest can sometimes feel like a accelerated procession, Blueprint E is refreshingly capricious — Bumper cars at 100mph, as Blueprint E chase analyst Jack Nicholls neatly puts it. From the first-ever ePrix in Beijing, which saw Nick Heidfeld ache a amazing final-lap blast to championship rivals Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi colliding at the division two afterpiece in London, Blueprint E is consistently angrily contested and never dull. Antagonism about burghal centers in beat electric cars could aloof be the absolute blueprint for the approaching of motorsport in the 21st century.
It s a aggregation that s proving about angry in Formula One and now Mercedes is attractive at muscling in on the Formula E revolution.Alejandro Agag, CEO of FIA Formula E, accepted that Mercedes Grand Prix controlling administrator Toto Wolff had active an acceding which gives the aggregation the advantage to accompany the electric antagonism alternation in the 2018-19 season. We are captivated to affirm that we accept aloof one of our two new entries in division bristles for MGP, Agag told the Mercedes website. Formula E wants to become the belvedere area car manufacturers analysis and advance technologies that they will again acquaint on their alley cars.Read: Venturi s bullet car smashes electric land-speed record Having the adventitious to accommodate in the approaching a cast like Mercedes in our Championship would be a above addition to accomplish that objective. The accepted Formula E architecture sees 10 teams alveolate adjoin anniversary other, with two cars per driver.However, in 2018-19 that will access to 12 teams — accountable to FIA approval — and drivers will use aloof one car for condoning and racing.Read: Richard Branson says every car on the alley will be electric in 15 years All accepted teams are set to abide aggressive in division five. We accept been watching the advance of Formula E with abundant interest, Wolff said. At the accepted time, we are attractive at all the options accessible in the approaching of motor racing, and we are actual admiring with an acceding that secures us an befalling to access the alternation in division five. Electrification will comedy a above role in the approaching of the automotive industry. Read: Hamilton hot beneath the collar afterwards agent blowsThis division in F1, the two Mercedes drivers — Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton — accept been way out in advanced of the added teams and drivers in the championship race.At the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, Rosberg continued his advance over Hamilton to 23 credibility with bristles contest to go and 125 credibility available. Red Bull s Daniel Ricciardo is in third place, 84 credibility abaft Rosberg.Formula E s third division gets underway this weekend in Hong Kong.
It s starting to complete like the agenda for appearance anniversary not a motorsport apple championship.Last year it was London, this year it s been Paris and abutting year, if Formula E gets its wish, New York will affection on the chase agenda for the aboriginal time.The Big Apple has continued been eyed as a abeyant area for the electric car series, and CEO Alejandro Agag is very optimistic about the affairs of staging a celebrated chase on its streets. We accept two or three actual agitative surprises for the end of the season, Agag told s Supercharged show. I ve aloof appear from New York attractive at altered venues, altered possibilities. It s far from done yet but we are actual optimistic. Our dream would be to accept a chase in New York. The anticipation of a new chase for abutting division is a addition afterwards the disappointment of accepting to abolish abutting month s Moscow ePrix in Russia, which was appointed to host annular nine of the 2015-16 championship. The Moscow authorities accept been acutely accommodating with us but on that date there were so abounding things activity on about the area we wanted, appropriate abutting to the Kremlin, that we had to booty the accommodation to adjourn the chase — but Moscow will appear in the future, Agag said.Read: Electric dreams – The approaching of F1?This weekend, the drivers will action on the streets of Berlin, antagonism forth Karl-Marx-Allee and about Strausberger Platz.With three contest remaining, the drivers championship is cautiously assertive with ABT Schaeffler s Lucas di Grassi captivation a attenuate 11-point advance over Renault e.Dams disciplinarian Sebastian Buemi.Read: F1 s Professor apprenticed by electric ambitionThe Swiss, who spent three seasons in Formula One antagonism for the Toro Rosso team, has agilely accepted electric car racing. It s amazing although it s alone the additional season, Buemi said. When you see what they try to do with the belvedere ceremony, back you see the fan boost, aggravating to collaborate with the fans, I anticipate it s a abundant thing. Where would you like to see Formula E? Tell us on Sport s Facebook pageGet added Formula E account on .com/motorsport