ROUND 1:

2018 SAUDIA AD DIRIYAH E-PRIX

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for the Season 5 opener, where all 11 teams and 22 Gen2 cars will take to the track for the very first time.

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The track

Old meets new. Racing in the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, all 22 Gen2 cars and drivers will take to the 2.495km track to battle for the first victory of the season.

With 21 twists and turns, the drivers will skirt the historic town walls before heading back towards the start/finish line in the heart of the district. Who will emerge victorious? Join us to find out.


Welcome to the future of Formula E - here's all you need to know

 City street racing never looked so good

What started as nothing more than an idea, scribbled on the back of a napkin in 2011, quickly grew into the world's first all-electric international single-seater city street racing series. Today, it's known around the world as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. It's all-electric city street racing at its most brutal and best. It's racing, reinvented. 

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With four seasons behind us, very soon we'll be ushering in Season 5, starting in Saudi Arabia on December 15 2018. 

With new cars, a new race format, new cities and new teams and drivers, it's going to be one hell of a ride.

5 changes for Season 5

The Gen2 car

While the championship might be only five years old, the technology racing around the circuit is ever-changing. Season 5 will see 22 Gen2 cars  racing around the track in anger for the very first time. The Batmobile-esque all-electric racer has double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car, meaning it can complete a whole race, so no more mid-race car swaps. With 250kW of power, the Gen2 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.8-seconds and go on to a top speed of 280km/h. Greater speeds, more action on track and with just one car per driver - there's everything to lose. 

Timed races

No more lap limits - we're moving to timed races. With each round running to a strict limit of 45-minutes plus one lap to reach the chequered flag, we're mixing things up to make it even more interesting. Well, what did you expect? It's all about the energy management. 

New Places

Season 5 of the championship pairs some familiar favourites with new iconic cities, featuring a total of 13 races in 12 cities across five continents. Starting in Ad Diriyah, with the debut of Formula E in the Middle East on December 15, the series heads back to Marrakesh before moving to Mexico City and Hong Kong. For the newly titled voestalpine European Series, we're back on the streets of Rome, Paris, and Berlin, in addition to returning to Monaco for a third time on May 11 - appearing on the calendar on a bi-annual basis. Finishing up with a double-header season finale in New York, the race is set to take place on July 13 and 14, where a new champion will be crowned. See below for a full calendar listing.

New power modes

In a world first for motorsport, drivers will be able to access a higher power mode in addition to FANBOOST, by passing through an activation zone marked out and visible on the circuit for fans at the track and those watching on TV. When a driver passes through the activation zone, they will be able to access 225kW of power - as opposed to the standard 200kW available during the race. Signalling the power hike is the job of the new illuminated FIA halo head protection device, which will show different colours for each of the two power modes. The exact number of individual uses and relative duration of the higher power mode will vary at each event and will be determined by the FIA. It will be up to the teams and drivers to decide when to activate the higher power mode throughout the race within the limits set by the FIA.

MORE TEAMS AND DRIVERS

After the announcement that HWA will be 11th team to join the grid, there will be a total of 22 cars on the start line of the first race of Season 5. With BMW - currently technical partner of Andretti - becoming a full manufacturer team, the German marque will join the likes of Audi, DS, Jaguar, NIO, Nissan (which takes the place of sister marque Renault) and Venturi as manufacturers in the series. With Venturi Formula E quick to announce the arrival of veteran driver Felipe Massa to the line up, expect more driver changes and announcements in the months leading up to the first race. It's a competitive world out there. 

Calendar
Round City Country Date
1 Ad Diriyah* Saudi Arabia 15 December 2018
2 Marrakesh Morocco 12 January 2019
3 TBA TBA 26 January 2019
4 Mexico City Mexico 16 February 2019
5 Hong Kong China 10 March 2019
6 Sanya China 23 March 2019
7 Rome Italy 13 April 2019
8 Paris France 27 April 2019
9 Monaco* Monaco 11 May 2019
10 Berlin Germany 25 May 2019
11 TBA TBA 09 June 2019
12 New York U.S.A. 13 July 2019
13 New York U.S.A. 14 July 2019

*Subject to circuit homologation

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