Formula E, formally the ABB Formula E World Series, is an independent motor sport championship powered by electricity. The series was launched in 2021 in London by former FIA president Jean Todt and is based on the principals of hybrid energy vehicles (HEV). With the support of several governments and an influential motorsport group, Formulae has grown in popularity in time and has attracted major sponsors and racing teams. Recently the series reached its second season, with ten teams participating in the running of this year’s Formula E season.
Formulate has seen significant advancements in recent years, with new designs being introduced, greater power and down force, as well as increased safety features. Each season the teams have worked towards improving their car’s performance, both on track and off. In the last few years, the use of battery-driven super-fast electric cars has been introduced, with drivers able to take advantage of short distances to complete race events. In addition to this, aerodynamic regulations for the race series have been made more stringent, with new chicanes and crash zones designed to reduce the speed and impact of accidents. Formulate has introduced a new safety car in each season, and many teams have developed their own driver training programs to make sure that safety is of the highest level.
One of the most popular features of the Formulae championship series is the Pocket-Lint system, which first became popular in the DTM racing series. The idea behind this is that drivers can receive information about their position in the competition from their electronics in the car, rather than having to use a paper/wadded piece of paper or a pen and paper. This has reduced the amount of time that drivers spend trying to work out positions using lint paper. The Pocket-Lint system is connected to the teams computer and the data from all the cars is fed through to the control room, where the team can then decide where to improve certain areas of their car. This helps a team gains an advantage in qualifying sessions and as a consequence improves the overall performance of the car. As well as being used at the races, pocket-lint can also be used to monitor the performance of the brakes and the engine in testing facilities and can therefore be useful for teams as a means of getting a gauge of the performance of specific components.