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Old 01-11-2019, 05:36 PM
Status: "0-0-2 start!" (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Watched the first race of 2019 (which was apparently a week or so ago, in Saudi Arabia, this weekend it is 1/12 in Marrakesh).

Huh.

I don't mind the spec cars bit (the chassis and brakes are spec, engines are not necessarily) and I don't mind the lack of noise from the electric motors. The motors and batteries have improved such that they get a full 45 minute race out of the cars, without having to do a pit stop for anything. A pit stop for these cars is either a drive-through for a penalty or something much more catastrophic.

I DO mind the video-game "attack mode" - straight out of Mario Kart - where the drivers have to veer off the racing and go through a box, pretty much, to get their 10% or so hp boost and then the halo lights up blue so that you know they are in attack mode. Also the "Fan Boost" whatever the heck that is. So gimmicky.

The cars are still being driven by racing drivers, with passing and strategy and overtaking, which is what I care about.

It was nice to hear Matchett and Varsha again, although I think Matchett is sitting by his lonesome in a studio someplace, doing the commercial breaks for FOX Sports.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_E_car
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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What's it being broadcast on?
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:39 AM
Status: "0-0-2 start!" (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Fox Sports. I have DirecTV (for now, anyway) and if you search on Formula E, it is shown on those channels up in the 1200s, like an on-demand. It's also supposed to be live on Youtube, but the ABB Formula E page is so BURIED in videos I can't find it.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Max Verstappen's two days of community service for pushing Esteban Ocon wasn't picking up trash along a highway, it was watching a Formula E race with the stewards. I'm not making this up, it isn't satire: https://racer.com/2019/01/14/verstap...-constructive/

Of course, not everybody in Formula E thinks attending one of their races qualifies as punishment: Formula E driver hits out at Verstappen punishment

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Old 01-16-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The on track product is so so. Racing is close, but since the cars are still super slow (slower than F4 cars), they make them race in urban tracks that are super narrow and have tons of 90 degree corners where the great acceleration can be showcased.

I attended the 2017 race in Brooklyn. The organizers put the only grandstands on the main straight, and it was like watching interstate traffic go by because the top speed is not that good.

It is in its early stages but I really hope they can fix the speed problem so that we can see them in decent layouts.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:22 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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The claim - well, the marketing claim, anyway - is that the new cars have a top speed of 185 mph. Not that you'd ever see that on the street circuits I have seen. That would put them right below F2 at 195.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:27 PM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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There've been rumblings on an F1 site that Formula E is the future. I hope not!

I'm not a big fan of spec cars, not even fond of F1 speccing number of cylinders, configuration, RPM limits, etc. and I doubt F1 racing without internal combustion engines would interest me.

Personally I'd like to see F1 dump both ERS and DRS and get back to encouraging innovation. Perhaps a weight/displacement formula that would allow teams to build light small displacement cars, heavier large displacement cars, or anything in between. I miss the days when there could be inline 4s, V-8s, V-12s, and even H-16s on the same grid along with those really pushing the limits with things like 6 wheelers, fan cars, etc. IMO creativity should be encouraged.
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