Watching electric cars race is different than watching a race with conventional race cars.
Most notably, the sound of squealing tires stands out as the loudest sound you hear—when drivers burn rubber at the start to warm up the tires, try to out-brake each other into tight turns, or overcook corners. In most auto races, engine sounds largely drown out these harbingers of hard racing.
The Formula E race series wrapped up its season with a 43-lap race on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York Sunday afternoon.
The winning car of team Techeetahs, driven by Jean Eric Vergne, covered the 63-mile race at an average of 62.6 mph. His fastest lap around the 1.5-mile circuit was 1 minute, 15.979 seconds. The race clinched the series for the Audi team after Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer jumped the starting line and was given a 10 second penalty.
According to the rules, the cars carry 28-kwh battery packs that produce 270 horsepower in qualifying. Their output is limited by the rules to 241 horsepower during the race.
So far, these batteries only carry the cars halfway through the race. At the halfway point, drivers hop out and jump into a fresh car. Those that come back out on the track sound and look a lot faster, at least for the first few laps.
Energy management is a key competitive strategy in Formula E. At the beginning of the race, and again right after the second cars come out with full batteries, regenerative braking is limited by how much empty capacity the batteries have. Drivers constantly adjust the brake balance front to rear to compensate for increased or diminished levels of available regen available at the rear axle. Sometimes when they get it wrong, spectators hear a lot more of that tire screeching as the cars dive into the corners.
Power and remaining battery levels are constantly streamed back to race organizers (but not teams) and to spectators on TV.
Since no charging is available during the race, and charging levels aren’t very fast anyway—just 42 kw—managing the energy of the first car and judging when to swap into the second car are key strategies. Some teams delay the swap to get the most performance out of the second car.
Next year, a rules change will bring bigger 54-kwh batteries that will last the duration of the race.
Beyond the battery, teams use different drivetrain strategies. With speeds up to 140 miles per hour (the governed top speed in the rulebook), and a competitive dash off the starting line, some teams favor multiple gears, with up to a 3-speed gearbox. Others use a single speed like an electric car for the street, because shifting interrupts both power delivery and regenerative braking. Most teams this season stuck with a single-speed gearbox.
Some teams also stick to a single motor, while others use two.
The winning Techeetah team uses a single-speed gearbox and a single motor. It buys its cars from the Renault e.dams team, but has developed its own software strategy.
Since racing pushes the limits of new cars and technology, the Formula E series could help develop more powerful and efficient drivetrain strategies for everyday electric cars in the future.
Formula E race weekend in New York: Why the A-list are obsessed
If you’re fancying a taste of life in the fast lane, there’s no better way to experience it than by jetting across the pond for a weekend of sun, fun and fast cars in New York City. Welcome to the world of Formula E – the eco-friendly version of Formula One – which hosts pop up events across the globe during race season (Dec-July next year) culminating in one amazing finale in the Big Apple.
The 2018 series attracted stars like Idris Elba, Kylie Minogue and Leonardo DiCaprio, so it wasn’t a huge surprise to find myself rubbing shoulders with Liv Tyler as I made my way towards the race track for my first taster of Formula E racing. This was already my second day in NYC – one of the great things about Formula E is they try to base their pop-up track within a city so a trip to the racing can double up as a long-weekend city break, and having left London on Friday morning, I’d already managed to squeeze in a spectacular helicopter ride over Manhattan Island, and a trip to the shops and fine dining spots of Battery Park which had changed so much since I’d last been in town.
Now I was experiencing (in some serious heat I might add, we’re talking 40 degrees and it was sweltering) my first taster of what Formula E was really like. I have to admit to being a bit of a car race novice – I’ve watched F1 on the TV but that’s as close as I’ve ever been. According to everyone I met, however, many who were able to compare the two, the Formula E experience couldn’t be more different.
From wandering around on the grid right next to the cars before they set off (ice being pumped into the vehicles to keep them cool and drivers receiving pep talks before helmets went on) to exploring the garages on a post-race pit walk, everything felt very accessible. There was a real family vibe, with loads of kids enjoying a day out with their parents, the background hum – which sounds more like that of a pod racer on Star Wars than the thundering noise associated with Formula One – not a bother at all.
The fact that my minimal motorsports knowledge was not at all an issue is, to me, what what makes Formula E so cool – and it’s probably part of the reason it’s attracting the attention of such a wide range of celebrity fans too. Liv Tyler told me she also knows very little about cars but was intrigued by the sport’s eco-friendly reputation. “I’m very interested in the electric aspect of it,” she said (the technology being developed to make these cars exceptional, then trickles down into the kinds of electric cars you or I might buy). “I’m really not a big car person to be honest, I’ve had one car for 15 years! But in life you get asked to be a part of things sometimes and you just think, ‘I really want to have that experience, I want to meet those people and learn about all the innovative things that they’re doing.’ It’s sort of an education and for me in my life.”
That was the same for me, and I’m definitely a convert. There was such a range of people there – from the celebs (Uma Thurman and Patrick Dempsey were also among the VIPs, many of whom crossed from Manhattan to Brooklyn by private boat and enjoyed swanky hospitality as the cars raced round) – to families bringing sandwiches and drinking lemonade in the grandstands. It felt to me like the perfect mix between a starry yet down-to-earth event.
And of course, it was in New York – so when I wasn’t watching races, I was enjoying the other highlights the city had to offer. Walks along the stunning High Line, chasing down the addresses of my favourite Sex and the City characters and sipping cocktails in rooftop pools at my fancy Lower East Side hotel, feeling like I might just be living inside an episode of one of my all-time favourite shows.
The 2018-2019 series kicks off in Rihadh on December 15, and then travels through Marrakech, Mexico City, China, Hong Kong, Rome, Paris and Berlin to name a few. The finale weekend will be held, once again, in New York City – so if you’re fancying a pre-Summer break excuse to head to the Big Apple (it’s totally doable for a quick weekend hop; BA flies to JFK in just seven hours so you can jump on the plane after work and arrive in Manhattan in time for cocktails), this is the perfect one.
Jets Announce New Multi-Level Partnership with Marvel Entertainment
The Jets have announced a new partnership with Marvel Entertainment. The deal will include various Marvel themed features for fans at MetLife Stadium throughout the season.
“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Marvel Entertainment,” said Jets President Neil Glat. “We are always looking for creative, new experiences and ideas for our fans, and we look forward to working with an iconic brand like Marvel.”
“Marvel is thrilled to be working with a partner like the New York Jets to provide fans new and unique ways to connect with the Marvel Universe,” said Marvel Publisher John Nee. “This multi-faceted partnership – including comics, game day collectibles, and more – will bring some of our most popular characters like the Hulk and Thor directly to thousands of Marvel and New York Jets fans this season.”
As part of the new partnership, the Jets will host a Green Out against the Minnesota Vikings on October 21st. Presented by Toyota, the Green Out will highlight the partnership with a Hulk vs. Thor theme, specifically featuring a 16-page Hulk vs. Thor comic book produced by Marvel and distributed by the Jets. The comic will be written by long-time Marvel Comics contributor Fabian Nicieza, a long-time Jets fan and New Jersey native.
The first 15,000 fans will have the opportunity to receive a limited-edition Hulk bobble head courtesy of Toyota upon entering MetLife Stadium. At the conclusion of the game, fans will receive posters of the Hulk vs. Thor comic book cover when leaving the stadium.
The Green Out presented by Toyota will include:
First 15,000 fans to enter MetLife Stadium will receive a limited-edition Hulk-themed bobble head standing on a Jets football field, courtesy of Toyota.
55,000 limited-edition posters of the comic book cover will be distributed to fans as they exit the stadium
A Toyota vehicle wrapped with Hulk-themed imagery will be displayed in the stadium.
Hulk vs. Thor game theme and video board elements
Additionally, the Jets and Marvel will release an eight-page, digital-only comic book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl III in advance of their October 14th game against the Indianapolis Colts. Scheduled to be released in four chapters leading into the game, the first chapter will be available on Wednesday, October 10th, through the Official New York Jets App, newyorkjets.com and Jets social channels.
NASCAR CEO Brian France goes on leave after being charged with DWI in New York, police say
NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France took an indefinite leave of absence from the company Monday, a day after he was arrested on Sunday in the Hamptons of New York on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, NASCAR issued this statement Monday afternoon: “Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from NASCAR as chairman and chief executive officer. Effective immediately, NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer.”
Sag Harbor Village Police pulled over Brian France at 7:30 p.m. after he ran a stop sign while driving his 2017 Lexus down Main Street, Sgt. Robert Drake said in a news release.
During the traffic stop, police determined he was operating his vehicle “in an intoxicated condition, Drake said. He was searched and police found oxycodone pills in his possession, he added.
France was arrested, held overnight and released after he was arraigned on Monday morning, police said.
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