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2018-19 Formula E Season Preview

The fifth ABB FIA Formula E Championship season kicks off this weekend with the Ad Diriyah ePrix, around the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There will be 12 more races between now and July 2019 when the season ends in New York City.

The Cars

This season sees the introduction of the “Gen2” car, the Spark SRT05e, which ups the power output (25% more in qualifying and 10% more during the race) and finally allows the drivers to complete the race distance without the stupid car swaps during pit-stops. They also look WAY cooler!

Formula E Gen 2 car
Formula E Gen 2 car

The Races

Another change for this year is that all races will run for 45 minutes, plus one lap. This could make for some exciting finishes as teams will not know for sure how many laps will be run and drivers will need to be even more mindful of their remaining energy store.

As well as the popular “Fan Boost”, where fans vote to give their favorite driver some extra power, this year sees the introduction of  “Attack Mode” which is full on Mario Kart! The driver goes off the racing line in a designated area and is rewarded with a temporary 25kW engine boost.

  1. Ad Diriyah ePrix, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – December 15th 2018
  2. Marrakesh ePrix, Moulay El Hassan, Morocco – January 12th 2019
  3. Santiago ePrix, Higgins Park, Chile – January 26th 2019
  4. Mexico City ePrix, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico – February 16th 2019
  5. Hong Kong ePrix, Hong Kong Harbourfront – March 10th 2019
  6. Sanya ePrix, Sanya, China – March 23rd 2019
  7. Rome ePrix, Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR, Italy – April 13th 2019
  8. Paris ePrix, Circuit des Invalides, France – April 27th 2019
  9. Monaco ePrix, Circuit de Monaco – May 11th 2019
  10. Berlin ePrix, Tempelhof Airport, Germany – May 25th 2019
  11. Bern ePrix, Bern, Switzerland – June 22nd 2019
  12. New York City ePrix 1, Brooklyn, USA – July 13th 2019
  13. New York City ePrix 2, Brooklyn, USA – July 14th 2019

The Teams

Manufacturers are embracing Formula E with the number of teams increasing for the 2018-19 season, with HWA joining before becoming the Mercedes works team in season six. BMW now partners Andretti Motorsport and Nissan takes over the Renault entry. Porsche will also be joining, fielding a works team in the 2019-2020 season.

The Drivers

Reigning champion Jean-Éric Vergne defends his title against a field of talented drivers. Notable names joining the driver ranks this season include former F1 pilots, Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein, as well as 2018 DTM champion, Gary Paffett.




# / Drivers

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Spark-Audi Audi eTron #11 Lucas Di Grassi
#66 Daniel Abt
BMW i Andretti Motorsport Spark-BMW BMW #27 Alexander Sims
#28 António Félix da Costa
DS Techeetah Formula E Team Spark-DS Automobiles DS ETense #25 Jean-Éric Vergne
#36 André Lotterer
Envision Virgin Racing Spark-Audi Audi eTron #2 Sam Bird
#4  Robin Frijns
Geox Dragon Spark-Penske Penske #6 Maximilian Günther
#7 José María López
HWA Racelab Spark-Venturi Venturi #5 Stoffel Vandoorne
#17 Gary Paffett
Mahindra Racing Spark-Mahindra Mahindra #64 Jérôme d’Ambrosio
#94 Felix Rosenqvist (Riyadh only)
#94  Pascal Wehrlein
NIO Formula E Team Spark-NIO NIO Sport #8 Tom Dillmann
#16 Oliver Turvey
Nissan e.dams Spark-Nissan Nissan #22 Oliver Rowland
#23 Sébastien Buemi
Panasonic Jaguar Racing Spark-Jaguar Jaguar #3 Nelson Piquet Jr.
#20 Mitch Evans
Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Venturi Venturi #19 Felipe Massa
#48 Edoardo Mortara

In the United States, you can watch Formula E on the Fox Sports network and in the UK on BT Sport ESPN, as well as on the Formula E YouTube channel.

Look for more updates on the Formula E season over the coming months.



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Allan McNish: Going Out On Top

Allan McNish, one of the greatest sports car driver in history, announced his retirement from racing today. Having claimed the FIA World Endurance Championship crown last month the 44-year old Scotsman told Autosport Magazine, “You have to get out at some point and everything lined up to make this an extremely good time to do it.”

“Everything has fallen into place. I have won pretty much everything I wanted to and I ticked the last box with the world championship. It is good to do it now with the change over to the new car and new rules, which would have required a big commitment.”

His incredible endurance racing resume includes:

2013 FIA World Endurance Championship winner
2013 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
2013 Sebring 12 Hours runner-up
2012 FIA World Endurance Championship runner-up
2012 Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up
2012 Sebring 12 Hours winner
2009 Sebring 12 Hours winner
2008 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
2007 American Le Mans Series Champion
2006 American Le Mans Series Champion
2006 Sebring 12 Hours winner
2005 Sebring 12 Hours runner-up
2004 Sebring 12 Hours winner
2000 American Le Mans Series Champion
2000 Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up
2000 Sebring 12 Hours runner-up
1999 Daytona 24 Hours runner-up
1998 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Add to that list his season in F1 with Toyota, together with his test and development work with McLaren, Benetton and Renault, and it adds up to a stellar career.

He looks forward to increasing his involvement in driver management and television commentary, but did not completely discount returning to the cockpit, saying, “As a racing driver you never say never, but I am hanging up my helmet as far as anything serious goes. Perhaps I could do the Daytona 24 Hours in the future, like Martin [Brundle] did a few years ago [in 2011], but I will not be committing to a full championship again.”

We wish him well in his future endeavors





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Le Mans 24 Hours 2009

The entry list has been announced for the 2009 running of the classic endurance event.
One of the biggest surprises is the #17 – a privateer Peugeot 908 entered by Pescarolo Sport – making it four Peugeots versus five Audis in the run for victory. An unknown factor will be the four Lola Aston Martins that will be making their debut at Le Sarthe.

No Team Car
1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15
3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15
2 Audi Sport North America Audi R15
14 Kolles Audi R10
15 Kolles Audi R10
7 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908
8 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908
9 Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908
17 Pescarolo Sport Peugeot 908
16 Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd
007 Aston Martin Racing Lola Aston Martin
009 Aston Martin Racing Lola Aston Martin
008 AMR Eastern Europe Lola Aston Martin
13 Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola Aston Martin
10 Team ORECA Matmut AIM Courage-ORECA AIM
11 Team ORECA Matmut AIM Courage-ORECA AIM
6 Team LNT Ginetta Zytek
23 Strakka Racing Ginetta Zytek
12 Signature Plus Courage Judd
20 Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi Judd
4 Creation Autosportif Creation Judd

No Team Car
5 Navi Team Goh Porsche RS Spyder
31 Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder
49 Vitaphone Racing Team Porsche Rs Spyder
25 RML Lola Mazda Coupe
44 KSM Lola Mazda Coupe
30 Racing Box Lola Judd Coupe
33 Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola Judd Coupe
24 Oak Racing Pescarolo Mazda
35 Oak Racing Pescarolo Mazda
40 Quifel-ASM Team Ginetta Zytek 09S
41 Gac Racing Team Zytek 07S
26 Bruichladdich Bruneau Radical AER

No Team Car
63 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R
64 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R
72 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R
73 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R
60 Gigawave Motorsport Ltd Aston Martin DBR9
66 Jetalliance Racing Aston Martin DBR9
55 IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murcielago
68 JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murcielago

No Team Car
76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)
77 Team Felbermayer-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)
80 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)
78 AF Corse Srl Ferrari F430 GT
82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT
83 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT
84 Team Modena Ferrari F430 GT
89 Hankook – Team Farnbacher Ferrari F430 GT
92 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT
96 Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT
97 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GT
99 JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT
87 Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8
85 Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette

No Cl Team Car
R1 GT2 Team Seattle Advanced Eng Ferrari F430 GT
R2 GT2 Endurance China Team Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)
R3 GT2 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)
R4 LMP2 Barazi Epsilon Zytek 07S
R5 LMP2 Gerard Welter Zytek
R6 LMP1 Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi Judd
R7 GT2 Team Felbermayer-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)
R8 GT2 Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette
R9 GT1 Team Larbre Competition Saleen S7R
R10 LMP2 Racing Box SRL Lola Judd Coupe