New level for the Formula E monopoly in London
The Formula E single-seater electric championship returns to British soil for the first time since summer 2016!
Two e-Brix tours, scheduled for July 24 and 25 in London, will take place in the new roundabout, part of which will be “internal”
During the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, the all-electric Formula E championship single-seater competed in the lush 83 hectare ‘Pottersea Park’ alley on the south bank of the Thames.
Races at the end of the season, which dedicated the Brazilian driver Nelson Pickett Jr. in 2015, followed by the Swiss driver Sebastian Bumi in 2016.
As always since the beginning of the discipline, the two single-seaters were fitted with Michelin tires.
However, the cars have been evolving since 2014. During the 2018-2019 “General 2” Championships, the most powerful and efficient single-seaters were born, which are now in the hands of the drivers.
Over time, the tires caused a small revolution, because the Michelin Pilot Sport EV used in Formula E today is not only lighter. (9 kg for a four-tire train compared to the first generation) More efficient, while providing lower rolling resistance (-16%), The key element of autonomy!
Part of the “inner” circle
The typography of the track where the drivers compete in two London races is undoubtedly the novelty of the weekend. With a length of 2,252 meters for 22 turns, this new British circuit is laid out in London Excel.
It is an exhibition center and sports complex, built in 2000 in the district of Newham, on the banks of the Thames, on the former docks of the Royal Victoria. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, the site was a scene of wrestling, boxing, fencing, weightlifting and table tennis. This weekend, it hosts the very first motor racing event, with part of the track – about 25% of the track – located inside. It is also the first for the championship !!!
Jérôme Montain, Michelin Director of Formula E, declares:
“Since 2014, we have often encountered many different and unusual places with this discipline. From the surroundings of the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, through the streets of Miami to the center of Paris or the historic Berlin airport, we have encountered many urban configurations. Weather wise, we made a big difference with record temperatures in Chile or close to zero in the early morning in Marrakech. All this with the same tire! No world-class discipline can boast of such a performance.“
In addition, he continues:
“In London, in a roundabout way, we will find the interior, and we know nothing of the influence of a site covered with glue. And temperature changes are inevitable problems, but the Michelin Pilot Sport EV has always been adaptable. “
And the technician concludes:
“After Shake Down and the free training session n ° 1, we are looking forward to the first feedback from the pilots! “
After two races in New York, Formula E fell in the dark again, with a new round, with teams often multiple times, with a new round, not much for the teams. Information.
However, London will not be the last city to be frequented by this championship, which was in seasons 1 and 2.
Like last year, his Epilogue will take place on August 14 and 15 in Berlin, on the runway of the historic Templehof airport.
Well-known place for the teams and men of Michelin Motorsport, the only city to feature in the championship since the opening of the 2014 season is the German capital!
Pictures: Max Malka – Formula E – Michelin