Wired.com dubbed it “the race to watch in 2014”, while the FIA say it “will offer both entertainment and a new opportunity to share FIA's values”. Formula E, the new FIA single-seater racing championship, is changing the way the world views motorsports. Starting in September 2014, the championship sees drivers compete around the globe on some of the world’s leading racetracks. 20 drivers (including famous Formula 1 alumni like Sebastien Buemi, Karun Chandhok, and Lucas di Grassi) will go wheel-to-wheel in what promises to be an exciting racing series.
You might be wondering what separates Formula E from the rest of the crowded motorsport scene. The answer to that is simple, Formula E is a competition that can adapt to motor industry advancements in a way that the other motorsports simply can’t. Instead of the petrol-operated vehicles you currently see in Formula 1, Formula 2, WRC, and NASCAR, Formula E takes the sport in a new electric direction through the use ofelectric vehicles.
THE FORMULA E SEASON
The first season kicked off in September 2014, with teams racing through the streets of some of the world’s most picturesque cities, including London, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Miami, and Monaco. Formula E, from second season onwards, will also be run as an FIA proclaimed “open championship”, meaning that in the world of Formula E vehicles anything and everything will go.
From 2015 and on, each manufacturer will be given free rein to develop an electric vehicle any way they wish, as long it stays within the official technical specifications issued by the FIA. While most motorsports are capping the efforts of drive teams and vehicle developers, Formula E is embracing innovation with an open-minded stance on vehicle construction. If motorsports weren’t “your thing” in the past, the exciting and exhilarating Formula E season may just change your mind.
THE FORMULA E RACES
Set to be more engaging that Formula 1 and have more spectator interaction than the WRC, each Formula E race is set to be more entertaining than the last. In the world of Formula E, you aren’t going to see slow pit stops filled with tyre and battery changes. Instead you’ll see drivers changing cars instead, meaning that the action never stops. Each driver is required to make at least two pit stops per race to change car due to the battery in each car not lasting any longer than 20 minutes.
Each race lasts around one hour and will come packed with plenty of noise, which won’t just coming from the crowd. Louder than an average road car, Formula E vehicles can hit 80 decibels when in full flow. If you don’t think that Formula E can deliver a race day experience that can rival Formula 1, think again.
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THE FORMULA E FASHION
In many ways Formula E is more than just a series of races, as each stage of the competition is an independent event. A key part of each round of Formula E will always be the fashion on display. Reds, blacks, yellows, whites, and blues will be the call of the day, as spectators across the world get into the spirit of the occasion. From the pre-race parties through to the post-race parties, fashion will on constant display during the Formula E season.
No brand represents the fashion and style of Formula E more than Monaco based label Monaco Addict. What was once the vision of just two people is now the staple of Formula E events around the world. Product ranges from the brand include men, women, girls, boys, babies, and caps. However, what is making the most noise at Formula E events around the world is their Grand Prix line. Fashion and Formula E go hand in hand, something that is symbolised perfectly by Monaco Addict’s Grand Prix focused product range. Remember, if you are attending a Formula E event this season, don’t be left looking out of style, check out Monaco Addict atwww.monaco-addict.com today!