Formula E is the only all-electric-racing series and is becoming more and more popular every year. With racing in iconic Monaco Streets to New York’s Times Square, Formula E is on a mission to advance the electric technology in road cars
Electric is the future
At its root, Formula E is a familiar subject to motorsport fans all around the world. Manufacturers and people are increasingly shifting toward environmentally friendly technology around the world, making an all-electric racing series appropriate in today’s society.
NASCAR, Formula 1, and IndyCar cars continue to use fossil fuels, but some have moved from the gas-guzzling engines of the past to the turbo hybrid power units of today. As a result, one could argue that Formula E is even ahead of its time.
Thus, Formula E is the leader in efficient and environmentally friendly racing, an idea that viewers should embrace as the world of motorsport searches for a greener alternative.
Familiar Household names
It might be confusing to watch a sport or series when none of the names are familiar. Fortunately, that is not the case with Formula E.
Mercedes, Jaguar, Porsche, and even Andretti are household names in a lot of countries.
Given that there are presently only ten Formula One teams, which means that only 20 drivers compete on the grid, Formula E proves that there is still plenty of talent in motorsport outside of F1.
Racing at the Centre of the City (Street Circuits)
Formula E cars do not reach the same speeds as F1 cars, and while this may seem to be a disadvantage for motorsport viewers, it opens the door to a greater choice of circuit alternatives.
In recent years, Formula One has prioritized safety when it comes to where they race, resulting in circuits with huge run-off zones where errors often go unpunished. When compared to Formula E, where street circuits are the norm for the most part. Racing through the streets of Rome, Marrakesh, and Santiago not only creates spectacular scenery but also creates intense races in which drivers are forced to test their talents in tight areas.
Formula E, with its very tiny differences in speed and performance across cars, provides unpredictability like few other sports. Consider the 2020 season, when Antonio Felix da Costa won the title in the ninth race of the 11-race schedule. Despite finishing 71 points ahead of his nearest challenger, the Portuguese driver only managed three wins during the season.
In reality, there were seven different winners from 11 events that season, indicating that the same drivers do not have a hold on the top spot or the podium for that matter. It’s a trend that has persisted in Formula E since its introduction in 2014.
Add in the fact that races last 45 minutes plus one lap racing distance, and the fan boost allows spectators to be immersed in what’s occurring on the track, resulting in action that isn’t dragged out and is immersive.
It’s for the younger audience
According to Nissan, Formula E was created with younger fans in mind from the start. Formula E has a lot of elements that “the youngs” adore, from the gamification of the races to how you watch them.
However, as other long-running racing series confront declining attendance, Formula E may be onto something.