An exciting new era in motorsport sparks into life this September as ITV Sport screens live coverage of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first full electric racing series.
Racing exclusively on street circuits in some of the world’s most iconic cities, Formula E is aiming to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, with ten teams, each with two drivers, competing in solely electric Renault-powered cars with some of the most advanced racing technology ever seen.
After the series bursts into life in China on September 13, the first Formula E season will visit locations such as Long Beach and Miami in the USA, European venues such as Monaco and Berlin, as well as long-distance trips to exotic locations in South America and Asia.
The final Formula E event of the series’ debut season is scheduled to take part in Battersea Park in London on June 27, 2015, bringing yet more world-class international motorsport to the UK.
All rounds – known as an ePrix – will be one-day events with practice, qualifying and the race taking place in a single day, all in order to reduce costs and minimise disruption to the host city.
For the inaugural season, 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans.
Team backers include Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson, while among the drivers are experienced Formula 1 campaigners, including Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld, Bruno Senna and Nelson Piquet Jr.
Formula E is not just another motorsport series added to an already hectic schedule. Its organisers hope the series will represent a bold vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades.
The series could also play a role in accelerating general interest in electric cars, which have generally had a lukewarm reception so far in major international markets, as well as promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly motor racing.
From season two, Formula E will operate as an ‘open championship’, allowing teams and manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their own electrical energy innovations.
Working to the technical specifications set out by the FIA, teams will focus their efforts on improving and developing battery technology in the hope this will filter into the everyday electric vehicle market.
As well as all the conventional rules and regulations that motorsport observers would expect, Formula E is to experiment with a bold ‘Fanboost’ innovation in which fans can vote for their favourite driver to get extra speed boost on social media prior to the race.
The three drivers with the most votes will each receive a 5-second ‘power boost’ per car per driver, temporarily increasing their car’s power, with fans also able to change their mind as many times until voting closes a short time before the start of the race.
Devised with three core principals in mind; energy, environment and entertainment, Formula E’s aim is to innovate new electric technology for use in car manufacturing in the future while generating interest in electrical vehicles, and its inaugural season should a fascinating watch for motorsport fans in the UK and around the world, with electric racing firmly in its infancy.
ITV Sport will be covering every round live on free-to-air television throughout the debut season of Formula E, with its reach of more than 28m homes giving motorsport fans the chance to enjoy the spectacle and sparkling thrill of live electric racing for the first time.
For more background into the new FIA Formula E Championship, visit fiaformulae.com, while full TV coverage details of the inaugural series can be found below.
The inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship will be shown live on free-to-air television in the UK with all ten race days being broadcast on ITV4.
Live coverage of the world’s first full-electric motor racing series revs into action on the streets of the Chinese capital Beijing on September 13, with the track set in the grounds of the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium.
ITV4’s live programmes covering each event will feature comprehensive race coverage, together with all the build-up, including highlights from the day’s earlier practice and qualifying sessions, plus the podium celebrations and post-race interviews.
Jennie Gow will present ITV4’s live coverage of every round, from the Beijing ePrix in September to the final round in London on June 27, 2015.
A variety of top guests and familiar faces from the world of motorsport will join Gow in the studio to lend their expert insight into the cars, the stars and the on-track action, with up-and-coming driver Jann Mardenborough and experienced sportscar race engineer Kyle Wilson-Clarke signed up to cover the opening race.
ITV Sport’s coverage will take the world feed commentary team for the on-track action, with four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti calling the action alongside lead commentator Jack Nicholls.
All of ITV4’s coverage will be available to watch in high-definition on ITV4 HD and online via ITV.com, while fans can also catch-up on each Formula E programme via ITV Player.
ITV has also launched a Formula E microsite, available at itv.com/formula-e, which will have the latest news, interviews and previews ahead of each race meeting, as well as extra video content.
Formula E adds to ITV’s impressive line-up of free-to-air motorsport, which also includes live British Touring Car Championship action, along with highlights British Superbikes, World Rally Championship and, new for 2014, MotoGP.
Commenting on securing the rights to Formula E, Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport, said: “I’m delighted ITV4 will be able to bring viewers the opportunity to see this innovative new series.
“Formula E promises top-level open-wheel racing with the iconic backdrops of some of the world’s most famous cities.
“ITV4’s coverage of this series adds another new dimension to our impressive motorsport portfolio.”
You can follow all the action from the inaugural Formula E season live on ITV4, available on Freeview channel 24, Freesat 117, Sky 120 and Virgin 118, starting with Round 1 in Beijing on September 13.
BT Sport will broadcast extensive highlights of every round of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship.
Complementing ITV Sport’s deal for live free-to-air coverage of the inaugural series, the sports channel will air a one-hour highlights shortly after each race, featuring all the key moments from every event.
All shows will feature comprehensive coverage of the race, together with a round-up of the event’s practice and qualifying sessions, plus all the latest news, features and driver interviews.
BT Sport’s highlights will use the world feed commentary team with four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti calling the action alongside lead commentator Jack Nicholls, while pit-lane reports will come from Nicki Shields and Marc Priestley.
Formula E highlights adds to BT Sport’s varied motorsport portfolio, which includes coverage of MotoGP, World Rally Championship, World Series by Renault, IndyCar Series and V8 Supercars.
Available across various subscription platforms including BT TV, the Sky Digital Satellite Platform and Virgin Media, BT Sport is also free for all BT Broadband customers.
Latest news, features and video content from each Formula E race will be made available via btsport.com.
.. ROUND 3: PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY
. Saturday 13th December FIA Formula E Championship: Punta del Este – RACE | Start: 18:00 LIVE: 5.00pm-7.30pm ITV4 Highlights: 9.30am-10.30am (Sunday) ITV4 Highlights: 7.00am-8.00am (Sunday) BT Sport 1
| FIA FORMULA E – 2014-15 SEASON CALENDAR
|SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER|
Round 1 – China
|SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER|
Round 2 – Malaysia
|SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER|
|PUNTA DEL ESTE ePRIX Round 3 – Uruguay||19:00|
|SATURDAY 10th JANUARY, 2015|
|BUENOS AIRES ePRIX Round 4 – Argentina||19:00|
|SATURDAY 14th MARCH|
|MIAMI ePRIX Round 5 – United States||21:00|
|SATURDAY 4th APRIL|
|LONG BEACH ePRIX Round 6 – United States||23:00|
|SATURDAY 9th MAY|
|MONTE CARLO ePRIX Round 7 – Monaco||15:00|
|SATURDAY 30th MAY|
|BERLIN ePRIX Round 8 – Germany||15:00|
|SATURDAY 27th JUNE|
|LONDON ePRIX Round 9 – United Kingdom||16:00|